The commission is to be headed by Holocaust survivor and life Senator Liliana Segre. But League leader Matteo Salvini, and other centre-right groups failed to back her proposal of creating an extraordinary commission against “hate, racism and anti-semitism”.
The centre-right parties’ abstentions on the proposal caused a storm, with the Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Community among those expressing outrage. Salvini has said that he would like to meet Segre since the row broke out.
The Vatican has also criticised right-wing Italian parties for abstaining in vote to set up parliament commission to investigate antisemitism. The Lega (League), the Brothers of Italy and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia abstained on the vote for the creation of the commission last week.
“I am worried, in the sense that on some things like fundamental values we should all be united”, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told journalists. But the ruling 5-Star Movement and leftist Democratic Party (PD) both backed the commission, which will go ahead despite the abstentions.
Oliviero Toscani, a leftist photographer, told Italian radio: “We have an addiction to ignorance, now everything is allowed. The Segre Commission did not vote because they are afraid of losing the consent of their voters, it is incredible, it is a shame!” He added that “unfortunately these fascists shits” do not care. “Now vulgarity is galloping. We are a country of tattoos with nose rings, just look around. Your friend Salvini is the most pathetic example of this vulgarity.”
The link between the Segre Commission, tattoos, nose rings and Salvini however, remains unclear. Toscani did not stop there: “Salvini was elected by a majority of balls, people who no longer have human sensibility. The representative of this majority expresses himself in an inhuman way. It is the representative of a inhumanity.”
The right-wing parties explained their abstention by saying that the motion for the commission was ambiguous, because it cited nationalism and ethnocentricity as driving forces behind racial hatred.
Segre proposed the creation of the commission after suggesting that she receives an average of 200 “hate messages” per day on social media. She was made a Senator for life by Italian President Sergio Mattarella last year.
Noemi Di Segni, president of UCEI, the Union of Jewish communities in Italy, praised the creation of the commission. “The Senate has given an important signal to the whole Italian society. In an age characterized by the growing affirmation of hatred and sick words, pervasive in every aspect of our real and virtual life, it is in fact necessary that the institutions intervene with the maximum incisiveness, strength and authority,” she said.
After the League’s success in Umbria, the next challenge for the governing coalition is set for the end of January, Sunday 26, when the “red” Emilia-Romagna, a region in northern Italy, will vote. The latest survey by Ixè shows Salvini gaining traction.
On Tuesday 5 November, on Rai Tre, the political in-depth programme Cartabianca of Bianca Berlinguer, was dedicated a section of the survey conducted by the polling institute.
The numbers, as always, speak for themselves showing that the League of Matteo Salvini remains firmly in the lead in the voting intentions of Italian voters with 32 percent. The 5 Star Movement is facing yet another collapse, falling to 17,9 percent, while the Brothers of Italy led by Giorgia Meloni is currently at 10 percent.