March 7, 2013, - 1:06 pm
Beppe Grillo: Top Italian Elected Powerbroker Says”Jews & Israel Frighten Me;” As Muslim Pop Grows, Italy Tolerates
Italy historically had a large and vibrant Jewish community, but that ended with the Holocaust. Now, there is a much smaller Jewish community and Jews are a tiny minority among a largely Catholic country with a growing Muslim population. It is that Muslim population that breeds an atmosphere where politicians like Beppe Grillo, now Italy’s most powerful elected official, can prosper as a result of open Jew-hatred and anti-Israel sentiment. The things he says are on the order of those uttered by Mussolini.
But it’s no shocker when Italy’s Catholic Church soup kitchens have stopped serving pork (because they don’t want to offend Muslims) that this country is now, once again, very tolerant of anti-Semitism. It’s also no surprise that I found a post memorializing and honoring the anti-American (she proudly burned the American flag for cheering Muslims), anti-Israel HAMASnik Rachel Corrie (who worked for the Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group International Solidarity Movement) on his site (see the pic below). By the way, Grillo is a liberal. He’s linked to Italy’s left-wing SYRIZA movement.
ROME — Comic Beppe Grillo’s populist tirades were seen as a benign outlet for popular anger in the days his protest movement was a sideshow in Italian politics. Now that he’s one of Italy’s most powerful figures, his views are coming under greater scrutiny — and a history of anti-Semitic statements has started to raise concern outside the country.
Grillo’s 5-Star Movement captured a quarter of the votes in last month’s national elections, making him the kingmaker in a ballot that left none of the mainstream parties in control of Parliament. Given that political clout, foreign observers have expressed alarm over comments Grillo has made about a Jewish lobby controlling information, about Jewish Hollywood producers out to get actor Mel Gibson and about how he finds Israel “frightening.”
The statements have yet to create much of a stir in Italy itself, where anti-Jewish and other racial slurs can find a surprisingly high level of tolerance. But anti-defamation advocates say Grillo must now be held to account due to his new position of power. . . .
Last year, in an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot, Grillo claimed that a Jewish lobby controls all the information Europeans learn about Israel and the Palestinian territories. The anti-Semitic thread winds back years, with an entry Grillo made in his much-followed blog shortly after Gibson made derogatory comments about Jews during his arrest for drunken driving in 2006.
“The Hollywood producers of Jewish origin and even the others if there are any,” Grillo railed, were threatening Gibson’s career. If the actor “had said …’Israel could cause the outbreak of the Third World War’ perhaps they would have reopened Alcatraz just for him and then thrown away the keys,” Grillo wrote.
Giving his own views, Grillo added: “Israel is frightening. Its behavior is irresponsible. There! I’ve said it! And I’m not even drunk.”
Um, yes, he is. Drunk with anti-Semitic hate, which never went out of style, contrary to popular belief.
Jews and Israel aren’t the threat to Italy’s future. Islam is. But not a peep out of this cretin about Muslims or the Middle East which is too close for comfort to Italy’s coasts.
Per usual, the thing to do is blame the JOOOOS.
On the other hand, Grillo’s comments about the Jewish lobby sound exactly the same as . . . Chuck Hagel’s. And the unworthy Republican “hero” Rand Paul helped confirm him as America’s Secretary of Defense.
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