Rome’s Leftist labour unions show their true colors and connections with its other socialist cousin.
The Times quotes Jewish community leaders in Italian capital as saying trades union proposal to ‘identify and boycott’ Jewish-owned shops was reminiscent of anti-Semitic racial laws adopted by Mussolini.
Jewish community leaders in Rome expressed outrage over a trades union proposal to “identify and boycott” Jewish-owned shops in the Italian capital in protest of Israel’s operation in Gaza, The Times reported Thursday. The proposal was put forward by Giancarlo Desiderati, leader of the Flaica-Uniti-Cub union, which represents 8000 shop assistants in Rome, the report said.
According to the London-based newspaper, Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, condemned the boycott call, and Jewish leaders said it was reminiscent of the anti-Semitic racial laws adopted seventy years ago by the Fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini in imitation of Nazi Germany, under which only “Aryan” shops were allowed to open.
Asked if he was aware of the comparison, Desiderati was quoted by The Times as saying “we know we will have everyone against us, but we cannot pass over in silence what is happening in Gaza”. He said his union had already urged its members to boycott Israeli products, and boycotting Jewish-owned or Jewish-run stores was a logical next step, according to The Times.