Italian Jewish groups open anti-Semitism hotline


ROME (JTA) – A hotline to report anti-Semitic incidents was launched in Italy.

Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, announced the creation of the Anti-Semitism Antenna in a statement published Tuesday on his umbrella group’s information website.

The hotline is an experimental project by the group and the Milan-based Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation Foundation, or CDEC, Italy’s main anti-Semitism monitoring institution.

Victims of and witnesses to anti-Semitic acts can report the incidents to CDEC’s anti-Semitism monitor section by calling a Milan phone number – 0233103840 – or filling out a form on the CDEC website.

The announcement said the reports received will be verified, saved and “used to deepen knowledge of anti-Jewish prejudice and hostility.” Callers’ identities will not be divulged to third parties, it said.

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