Christians and Jews in Italy Irked by ‘orbis’ Anti-semitic Article

The executive committee of the Jewish-Christian Friendship Association today adopted a resolution denouncing the Italian Orbis News Agency for an anti-Semitic article carried by the agency from Munich, attacking the handful of Jews in West Germany as being “money-sick” and charging them with “creating around them an atmosphere of repressed hatred which some day will explode in a new Hitlerian era.”

The association charged the news agency with having “identical inspiration as the recent initiative of the international neo-Nazi and neo-Fascist organizations.” The association called for strong measures by Italian authorities against ideologies opposed by an absolute majority of the Italian people.

Today’s issue of “Israel,” the weekly publication of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, reprints the full text of the Orbis dispatch from Munich, emphasizing that the article is an instance of “well planned” anti-Semitism in action.

An editorial in “Israel” points out that “anti-Semitism is a phenomenon by Itself, and should be considered as such by the legislator who really intends to oppose the preaching which inevitably lead to violent and cruel outbursts. “The editorial reiterates the Jewish organization’s previously announced stand in favor of special legislation “for the repression of anti-Semitism.”

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