Nov 7, 2019

Italian Holocaust survivor under police protection amid anti-Semitism debate

Italian life Senator Liliana Segre. Photo: Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori/Getty Images

Liliana Segre, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and Italian senator-for-life, led the charge to create an anti-hate parliamentary committee after finding herself at the center of nearly 200 daily anti-Semitic attacks, reports AP.

Why it matters: Segre's motion has "provoked one of the country's most intense confrontations with anti-Semitism" since World War II, writes AP. The Italian Parliament approved her motion to create the committee, but it moved forward without a single vote from Italy's right-wing parties.

  • The attacks and threats against Segre have prompted the Italian Interior Ministry to assign her paramilitary police security detail, according to AP.

The big picture: Racial tensions in Italy have been running high recently as some citizens have become bolder in expressing their views, particularly in response to the influx of refugees from Libya.

What they're saying: The leader of the conservative party Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, said she didn't vote for the motion because it didn't address Islamic extremism and because she's worried it will be used to limit freedom of expression, per AP.

  • Israel's ambassador to Italy tweeted: "An 89-year-old survivor under escort symbolizes the danger that the Jewish communities in Europe are still facing today."

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Former Nazi guard faces 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

Bruno Dey, who covered his face with a folder during a session of his trial in Hamburg, Nov. 15. Photo: Axel Heimken/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Bruno Dey, a former Nazi guard at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland during World War II, faces 5,230 counts of accessory to murder as he begins a 23-day trial in Hamburg, the Independent reports.

Why it matters: The case is likely "one of the last of its kind" because others involved in perpetrating or abetting the Holocaust are now in their 90s, per the Independent.

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Spain's Socialists set to win election as far-right doubles vote share

Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez. Photo: Charlie Perez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Spain's Socialist Party is poised to win the country's second parliamentary election in less than a year, but likely won't win enough seats to govern with a majority, according to preliminary results reported by AP.

The big picture: Socialist leader and acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called the snap election — Spain's fourth in as many years — after his party won in the April elections but failed to reach a coalition agreement with other parties. Sunday's vote, which also saw the far-right populist party Vox surge to third place, could result in more political paralysis for a country that has struggled with stable governance in the years since the financial crisis.

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Britain's chief rabbi calls Jeremy Corbyn unfit to be prime minister

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on Nov. 10. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on Monday called Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn unfit to be prime minister for failing to remove anti-Semitism from his party.

Why it matters: Such interventions from religious leaders are unusual, according to Reuters. Mirvis's opinion article in The Times of London came just weeks before the Dec. 12 general elections.

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