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  • Italian Jews mourn passing of country’s ex-President Azeglio Ciampi

    ROME (JTA) – Italy’s Jews mourned the death of former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who had a close relationship to the Italian Jewish community. Ciampi, who served as president from 1999 to 2006, died Friday at 95. In a statement, the president of the umbrella Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Noemi Di Segni, expressed “the…

  • Italian soccer commentator suspended from TV role over Mussolini tattoo

    ROME (JTA) – A former Italian soccer player known for his pro-fascist views has been suspended as a TV commentator after displaying a tattoo on the air referring to Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The satellite channel Sky Sports Italia suspended Paolo Di Canio after he appeared on camera while reporting on a match Sunday wearing…

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Pope Francis talk technology and charitable giving in Vatican audience

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis talked technology and charitable giving with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, during a private audience at the Vatican. “It was a meeting we’ll never forget,” Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, posted on his Facebook page following the audience Monday. “You can feel his warmth and kindness,…

  • Italy’s national Jewish museum joins cultural sites donating a day of proceeds to earthquake relief

    ROME (JTA) – The National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah is among dozens of state museums and cultural sites that will donate all proceeds from Sunday’s visitors to aid earthquake victims and rescue efforts in central Italy. The museum, which is under development, does not yet have a permanent exhibition, but announced it would donate…

  • Italy’s Jewish community pledges aid to areas hit by earthquake

    ROME (JTA) – Italy’s umbrella Jewish organization and the Rome Jewish community have set up a blood donation center to aid victims of the deadly earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning. Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, issued a statement saying Italy’s Jews expressed full…

  • U.S. Holocaust museum slams Hungarian award to ‘racist’ journalist

    (JTA) – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum slammed the decision by the Hungarian state to grant a prestigious award to Zsolt Bayer, a journalist long criticized for articles deemed racist and anti-Semitic. The state awarded Bayer the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit last week. “This award is intended to recognize individuals who demonstrate…

  • Hungarian Jewish leader returns state award in protest

    (JTA) – The president of Hungary’s main Jewish umbrella organization, Mazsihisz, has returned a high state award to protest the same award being presented to a nationalist journalist described as racist and anti-Semitic. In a Facebook post, Andras Heisler, who is also a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, said he was returning the…

  • Official at Islamic university in Italy calls for ‘final solution’ for Zionists

    ROME (JTA) – A Facebook post by an administrator at an Islamic university in Italy calling for the “final solution” and “complete extermination” of Zionists was taken down after the Italian Jewish community and the Israeli Embassy in Rome protested to authorities. The post was published in early August by Raffello Villani, the administrative secretary…

  • Arthur Hiller, Jewish director of ‘Love Story,’ dies at 92

    (JTA) – Arthur Hiller, the Canadian-born Jewish director most famous for the hit movie “Love Story,” has died. Hiller, had been in failing health for some time, died Wednesday. He was 92. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said…

  • Pope: I felt the presence of the souls of murdered at Auschwitz

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis said during his silent visit last week to the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau that he felt the souls of those murdered there. “The great silence of the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was more eloquent than any word spoken could have been,” he said Wednesday during his weekly public audience…