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Italian Court Sentences Three Youths for Anti-jewish Acts

Three Italian youths were sentenced today to 10 months in prison after they were found guilty of having smeared swastikas on a Synagogue and several public buildings last February. A representative of the Jewish community withdrew from the case when the defendarts gave a declaration that they “never intended to offend the memory of innocent victims of the forces of intolerance.”

Four months of the sentence covered the charge of contempt of religion and constituted the first time since the Second World War that jail sentences were handed down by an Italian court for contempt for the Jewish religion.