Far-right extremism and intolerance are on the rise not only in the U.S. but all over the world.
In Italy, for instance, a resurgence of antisemitism is so prominent that it’s forced police to constantly protect Liliana Segre, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor.
She dared speak out against bigotry.
An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre who is a senator-for-life in Italy unwittingly provoked one of the country's most intense confrontations with antisemitism since the end of its Fascist dictatorship during World War II. https://t.co/I6YaScwrk5
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) November 7, 2019
After proposing a committee of Italian parliament dedicated to fighting racism, Serge began receiving hundreds of death threats every day.
Liliana Segre was 8 when racial laws forced her to leave school.
She was 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz.
Now the 89-year-old survivor & senator-for-life receives a police escort in Italy as she is the target of about 200 online antisemitic messages & threats daily.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) November 7, 2019
Italian Holocaust survivor and Senator for Life, Liliana Segre, 89, has been placed under police protection after she received threats from far-right fanatics, security sources said on Thursday, highlighting concerns about rising extremism in Italy. https://t.co/TS91kCYLH9
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) November 7, 2019
Issues we once thought were long behind us seem to be reappearing right under our noses.
I think this one may have finally tipped my existential horror of where Europe finds itself over the edge. This is horrific . Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats https://t.co/UrUswjkWxH
— Tracy-Ann Oberman (@TracyAnnO) November 7, 2019
Where are we globally as a society with antisemitism? 89 year old Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under police guard amid barrage of 100s of antisemitic hate and death threats following her public call for Italian government to combat hate https://t.co/YFreA01M9O
— Yoni Freedhoff, MD (@YoniFreedhoff) November 7, 2019
Serge obviously did nothing to deserve these threats and, for many, they are a reminder of a wave of growing Italian antisemitism.
And all because she had the temerity to ask the Italian parliament to establish a committee to combat racism, hatred and anti-semitism. BBC News – Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats https://t.co/8zuarLgDgW
— Rageh Omaar (@ragehomaar) November 7, 2019
— H.E.T. (@HolocaustUK) November 7, 2019
In 2018, Serge was appointed a “senator-for-life” in the Italian parliament.
— Claudio Bisogniero (@CBisogniero) January 27, 2018
3.1 And before going to bed, let me tell you a very good news. Yesterday #Italy president Mattarella has announced a new, very special and so well welcomed senator-for-life.
— Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) January 20, 2018
— Gianni Riotta (@riotta) January 19, 2018
“Liliana Segre, who was sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at 13, has been subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic messages in recent days.”
“It comes after Ms. Segre, an Italian life senator, called for parliament to establish a committee to combat hate. The motion passed despite a lack of support by Italy’s right-wing parties.”
At 13, Liliana Segre was deported to Auschwitz.
At 89, the Italian Senator-for-life, has been assigned police protection after being bombarded daily with #antiSemitic threats.
A horrifying reminder of the wave of #antiSemitism sweeping through Europe. https://t.co/fGeRZ98Q2e
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) November 8, 2019
This is what Bannon, Farage and their ilk have brought this world too
BBC News – Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threatshttps://t.co/UACd6q2lDl
— Carole Peters #FBPE????⚫???????????????????????????????????????????????? (@CPFlo) November 7, 2019
Holocaust survivor, Senator Liliana Segre, has been subjected to anti-Semitic abuse. Her friend @lauraboldrini says right-wing parties don't want to acknowledge that racism, anti-Semitism and misogyny are becoming a big problem in Italy. https://t.co/w3Mf2ms0Ok
— BBC World Service (@bbcworldservice) November 7, 2019
People all over the world were absolutely disgusted at Serge’s situation.
Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre is under guard because of antisemitic death threats. My heart is aching. What is wrong with us? Why can we not keep our promise that we would not forget where hatred leads? Brexit, Trump, populism—“never again” is NOW. https://t.co/RdcO4QGYzn
— Deborah Harkness (@DebHarkness) November 7, 2019
I have tweeted before about the hate-mail received by Italian Holocaust survivor & Senator For Life Liliana Segre. Unfortunately her plight has worsened. Liliana is now under armed guard amid death threats. I cannot believe we are here again. https://t.co/gjCOKMsbM4
— S Uzzell ⭐#1 Amazon Charts Bestselling Novel (@StephenUzzell2) November 7, 2019
For this woman to have endured so much in her early life to now be under constant attack again is really too much. What is wrong with this world?
Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats – BBC News https://t.co/vOPPPzYEhV
— Tiffany Stevenson (@tiffstevenson) November 8, 2019
Every person who’s threatened Serge’s life is a disgusting coward.
— JeffCheeseman (@JeffCheeseman2) November 8, 2019
With any luck, the world will come to its senses and Serge’s police detail will not be necessary much longer.
For that future to become true, however, good people will have to stand up for her—and others like her—at every opportunity.
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