“Toaff, we’ll dance on your grave” and “wait for the worms. Toaff’s an executioner “. These are the outrageous words that appeared on some walls of the historic centre in Rome, just a few hours from the funeral of the former Chief Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff.
Whoever has made this mess, has even put his signiture the writing could be seen both from Via del Colloseo and via dei Normanni-“Life East Militia”, radical right wing movement. Even Riccardo Pacifici, President of the Jewish community of Rome, was under target by vandals who daubed the walls of the old town with anti-Semitic phrases: “Toaff, Peaceful tomorrow Today”.
The writing has been firmly condemned by the Deputy Mayor of Rome, Luigi Nieri. “Elio Toaff will remain in the memory of Rome and all Italy forever, the abusive writing however lasted only a few hours,” said Nieri-Ama officers and Pics, who work every day decorating the city, promptly intervened to remove them. Rome is allergic to rascism, intolerance and even to dementia of these people. Proof of this is the outrage of the Roman citizens to see those terrible writings on the walls of the city. ”
The Mayor Ignazio Marino has spoken on the issue by defining the act as being “shameful and cowardly .” “I asked that they be immediately removed and have now disappeared from the walls of the city. -added Marino-who today insults and mocks the memory of Elio Toaff stands aloof fromthe city’s feelings. The capital has paid tribute to his courage, for his ability to build inter-religious dialogue, to strengthen the citizenship of Rome “.
An ignoble Act, most committed a few hours away from the celebration of the funeral of Rabbi Emeritus, who passed away last Sunday. A demonstration that racism and intolerance does not even respect the memory of a man, nor of his relatives who have recently suffered the loss.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati