Chief Rabbi Shmuel (Riccardo) Di Segni of Rome expressed concern, this week, after anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted at a number of central locations in Rome as well as in the northern locality of Verona. The rabbi, who serves on the European Conference of Rabbis, said, "These acts occur from time to time, but this time it's a concentration of cases in two or three days and it is very alarming. But the answer to these cases of anti-Semitism is continued momentum and Jewish activity in the city, deepening Jewish identity among Jews in Italy. Spirit will defeat all those who plot evil against us."
Mayor Gianni Alemanno of Rome expressed solidarity with the Jewish community, calling the vandalism something that Rome didn't deserve. Similar sentiments were expressed by Governor Nicola Zingaretti of the Lazio region, who said the incidents were not to be downplayed since they constituted symptoms of a larger malaise in Italian society.