Holocaust survivor in Italy assigned police protection after receiving scores of anti-Semitic threat

November 8, 2019 posted by

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor in Italy has been assigned police protection amid a surge in anti-Semitic threats against her after she proposed a parliamentary committee to combat hate, according to reports  Liliana Segre, an Auschwitz survivor, faces an onslaught of digital threats — she receives about 200 per day — and a teacher on Facebook earlier this year said Segre would “do well in a nice little incinerator,” according to the Guardian Advertisement  Segre, an Italian life senator, said she felt “like a Martian in the Senate,” when the country’s far-right parties declined to support the anti-hate motion, which still passed, according to the BBC “Liliana was receiving threats long before she proposed a motion for the commission,” Segre’s chief of staff, Paola Gargiulo, told the Guardian “You get the professional haters and imbeciles, but at the same time in Italy there is a much larger number of people who are in solidarity with Segre ”  Segre became an Italian life senator in 2018, when President Sergio Mattarella appointed her  There are about 30,000 Jews in Italy, a country of more than 60 million people, according to the BBC

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