Italian senator and Shoah survivor needs 24-hour protection after death threats

Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre file

Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre file

Salvini and the far-right Brothers of Italy seized on discontent following a flood of refugees into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa since 2015.

Milan Prefect Renato Saccone has made a decision to assign a security detail to Holocaust survivor and life Senator Liliana Segre after she was the target of online threats and insults, several newspapers reported on Thursday.

Liliana Segre, who was only 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz, is a senator for existence who recently spearheaded the creation of a parliamentary committee in opposition to hate, racism and anti-Semitism, also recognised regionally as the Segre commission.

Italy's right-wing parties did not back her proposal and the resulting controversy has only added to the abuse, with a neo-Nazi group this week hanging up a banner to denounce anti-fascism close to where she was making a public appearance.

A security supply acknowledged the police were handiest accompanying her to public events and weren't offering spherical-the-clock protection.

Ms Segre declined to comment on being assigned a police guard.

Segre acknowledged after the vote that the abstentions made her in fact feel "admire a Martian in the Senate".

In recent years, she has spent much of her time visiting schools to tell about the horrors of the Holocaust and was named senator for life in 2018.

Israel's ambassador to Italy, Dror Eydar, expressed dismay at the news Ms Segre needed a police escort.

An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor is now under police protection after receiving online and offline anti-Semitic threats in Italy, according to local reports.

Authorities ministers furthermore expressed solidarity.

At the end of October, the Italian daily La Repubblica reported that she was the target of about 200 online antisemitic messages and threats every day, disclosing the findings of a report by the Milan-based Centre of Contemporary Jewish Documentation (CDEC). "Forgive us Liliana. The politics of hate will not stop your commitment, nor ours", Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova tweeted.

"The anti-Semitism we are seeing is becoming more aggressive, but the amount of anti-Semites in Italy is largely stable", Gatti said, noting polls that suggest that about 11 percent of Italians were hostile or prejudiced against Jews.

Anti-Semitism researcher Stephao Gatti said, nevertheless, that the persistent threats against Segre were "very worrying" for Italy's Jewish community of 30,000 as well as larger Jewish communities in France and Germany.

"The anti-Semitic insults advance from a ways-upright circles which have a previous, and in most cases indicate, of violence".

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