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Italian philosopher politician slammed as antisemite

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Rome – An interview with an Italian philosopher and politician
who expressed ”anti-Zionist” views on Friday sparked outcry from Italy’s
Jewish community. Gianni Vattimo told to Corriere della Sera in an interview
published Friday that he is ”anti-Zionist, not antisemitic” and that he does
not believe in ”the idea of a Jewish-Masonic plot”.

 

The two-time European Parliament member said, however, that he believed
the creation of “the state of Israel was the beginning of ruin”.
Vattimo added, “Let’s remember that the Federal Reserve is owned by
Rothschild and Rockefeller”. Israeli Ambassador to Italy Naor Gilon
rebuked Vattimo in a letter, writing, “You think you express an
anti-Zionist position, but in fact reveal yourself to be a true antisemite”.
“You belong to the ranks of those people who are antisemite by definition,
but maintain that they can hide behind the more politically correct definition
of ‘anti-Zionist’,” Gilon went on, and invited Vattimo to participate in
Holocaust Memorial Day in Italy on January 27. “I strongly advise you to
participate in one of these (Holocaust memorial) events to learn
something”.

 

The president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) also
condemned Vattimo. “Vattimo goes back to proudly claim his ravings of
preconceived hostility at the existence of the state of Israel,” wrote
Renzo Gattegna. Gattegna called Vattimo’s comments “words of hatred that
don’t add anything new and are accompanied by the squalid reproposal of antisemitic
stereotypes”.

 

Vattimo’s announcement that he was joining the anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement (M5S) on Friday was denied by the group’s leader, ex-comedian Beppe
Grillo. Grillo said Vattimo was “neither a candidate nor proposable as a
candidate”.