News and updates about Italy

Italian PM admonishes glorification of fascism in her party

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni admonishes youth wing of her Brothers of Italy party after videos surface showing some of its members glorifying fascism.

Italian PM admonishes glorification of fascism in her party

Italian FM against ICC:

'Unacceptable to equate Israeli government with Hamas'

Italy's Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, condemns decision by ICC Chief Prosecutor to seek arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant.

'Unacceptable to equate Israeli government with Hamas'

A chilling picture of the Bibas family

An Italian waiter in a restaurant near Naples proudly told Adi Spatz about his Israeli friend Yarden Bibas, and showed her a picture of him and his wife Shiri from their visit to Italy.

A chilling picture of the Bibas family

On Camera:

Lebanese leader did not recognize the Prime Minister of Italy

Lebanese Prime Minister Mikati came to greet the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, only to mistakenly welcome Meloni's advisor.

Lebanese leader did not recognize the Prime Minister of Italy

Agents who drowned in Italian lake were on secret mission

Nearly a year after the disaster at Lake Maggiore, in which a Mossad operative and two Italian intelligence agents, drowned to death, a memorial plaque was made public in Italy, revealing that the agents were on a secret mission.

Agents who drowned in Italian lake were on secret mission

Italian university suspends Israel collaboration over war

Faculty at Italy’s University of Turin vote to exit an Israel research pact amid Gaza war protests.

Italian university suspends Israel collaboration over war

Italy:

Judges block terror suspect's extradition to Israel

Judges accept defense claim terrorism suspect could face '“cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment' if Israel's extradition request is accepted.

Judges block terror suspect's extradition to Israel

Yesha Council head:

'Reject Italy's intervention in amb. appointment'

Mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council and the Chairman of the Yesha Council, Shlomo Ne'eman, reacts to decision to cancel appointment of former Maaleh Adumim mayor Benny Kashriel as Ambassador to Italy.

'Reject Italy's intervention in amb. appointment'

Due to role in YESHA:

Italy refuses appointment of Israeli ambassador

Italy refuses to accept Benny Kashriel as ambassador, due to his role as the mayor of Maaleh Adumim in Judea and Samaria.

Italy refuses appointment of Israeli ambassador

Italian PM:

'Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to October 7'

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni links between the war in Ukraine and the war in Gaza: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago was the precursor to the Hamas attack on Israel.

'Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to October 7'

Italy: Hundreds perform fascist salute in Rome

Video shared on social media shows a crowd of hundreds performing a fascist salute at a rally in Rome.

Italy: Hundreds perform fascist salute in Rome

Italian rabbi verbally assaulted by man wielding a screwdriver

Assailant shouts "Go away, you dirty Zionist" at Rabbi Haim Fabrizio Cipriani in the incident in the city of Genoa.

Italian rabbi verbally assaulted by man wielding a screwdriver

Defense Minister Gallant:

'There will be a pause, then we will continue with full power'

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told his Italian counterpart that Israel won't stop until it has destroyed Hamas and recovered all hostages.

'There will be a pause, then we will continue with full power'

'Real Talk' with Maurizio Molinari, director of La Repubblica

In an all-telling interview, I spoke with the director of La Repubblica about antisemitism, politics, Israeli-Italian relations, and more.

'Real Talk' with Maurizio Molinari, director of La Repubblica

Hadassah Chen:

Though far away, still acting to present Israel's case

Hadassah Chen and her family were in Italy for Sukkot when terror struck. She is now part of the efforts to spread Israel's truth.

Though far away, still acting to present Israel's case

Milan: Death threats against Jews written in nightclub

Milan’s Jews on high alert after death threats written in nightclub and chanted at pro-Palestinian rally.

Milan: Death threats against Jews written in nightclub

Families of hostages travel to Italy to push for their release

Delegation of relatives of Israelis murdered and abducted by Hamas travels to Italy for meetings with key leaders.

Families of hostages travel to Italy to push for their release

Netanyahu to Italy's PM Meloni

'This is a test of civilization - and we will win'

'We defend the right of Israel existing, of defending itself, security for its people,' Italy's PM Giorgia Meloni says.

'This is a test of civilization - and we will win'

Heartbreaking:

Father of abducted girls cries out to Italian Deputy PM

Yoni Asher, whose wife and two young daughters were abducted by Hamas, in a tearful meeting with the Deputy PM of Italy.

Father of abducted girls cries out to Italian Deputy PM

Rome: Thousands gather to support Israel

In Rome, Italy, 3,000 people gather to sing Israel's national anthem Hatikva at the Arch of Titus. Arutz Sheva's Giulio Meotti speaks.

Rome: Thousands gather to support Israel

Italy:

At least 21 killed as bus falls off bridge near Venice

Bus crushed after falling off of bridge near railroad tracks.

At least 21 killed as bus falls off bridge near Venice

Italy:

Military jet crash killes five-year-old girl

The pilot escaped by parachuting while a five-year-old girl died in the crash

Military jet crash killes five-year-old girl

Ma'ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel tapped as Ambassador to Italy

Kashriel has served as Mayor of Ma'ale Adumim since 1992 and serves as the head of the Likud faction in the Federation of Local Authorities.

Ma'ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel tapped as Ambassador to Italy

Italy: 'Less than ten seconds is not sexual harassment'

An Italian judge has ruled that non-consensual acts of less than ten seconds are not considered sexual harassment.

Italy: 'Less than ten seconds is not sexual harassment'

'I didn't know it was ancient'

A British tourist faces a fine and jail time after carving his name into the Roman Colosseum.

'I didn't know it was ancient'

Italy:

New policy aims to crack down on antisemitism in soccer stadiums

Italy to bar soccer players from wearing No. 88, which has coded meaning for neo-Nazis.

New policy aims to crack down on antisemitism in soccer stadiums

YouTube challenge causes death of five-year-old

A social media challenge to spend fifty hours in a Lamborghini ended in tragedy when the influencers collided with a smart car.

YouTube challenge causes death of five-year-old

In Sicily, community of Bnei Anusim still faces challenges

Sicily’s Jews have hired their first rabbi in 500 years but still face a battle for acceptance by Italy’s Jewish establishment.

In Sicily, community of Bnei Anusim still faces challenges

Report:

Mossad meeting in Italy was tracking unconventional weapons

Italian media reports that the shipwreck in which a Mossad agent was killed was part of a joint operation to track unconventional weapons.

Mossad meeting in Italy was tracking unconventional weapons

Italian media:

Intel agents were tracking transfers between Russia and Iran

'Russian figures' recently transferred their investments to luxury hotels on lake where Mossad agent was killed in shipwreck.

Intel agents were tracking transfers between Russia and Iran

Italian Boating Accident

Mossad offers few details in eulogy of agent killed in Italy

Citing his activities with the secretive agency, Mossad offers circumscribed eulogy for Erez Shimoni, ex-agent killed in boating accident.

Mossad offers few details in eulogy of agent killed in Italy

Cleared for publication:

Former Mossad agent killed in Italy is Erez Shimoni

Erez Shimoni, 50, is the former Mossad agent who was killed in a boat accident in Italy.

Former Mossad agent killed in Italy is Erez Shimoni

Mossad agent killed in shipwreck in Italy

The Israeli citizen killed in a shipwreck in Italy has been revealed to be a Mossad agent.

Mossad agent killed in shipwreck in Italy

Israeli man among four dead in Italian boating accident

50-year-old Israeli man identified as one of four people killed after boat capsized in Lake Maggiore during birthday celebration.

Israeli man among four dead in Italian boating accident

Italy criticized for ending lawsuits against Nazi Germany

Upcoming deadline would prohibit Italians from using country's courts to file claims for compensation from Germany for wartime atrocities.

Italy criticized for ending lawsuits against Nazi Germany

Italy:

Liliana Segre reelected as president of anti-hate commission

Senator for Life to again lead commission examining ways to combat antisemitism, racism and incitement to hatred.

Liliana Segre reelected as president of anti-hate commission

Italian Jewish leader:

Antisemitism is reemerging in Italy decades after end of fascism

On day commemorating liberation from fascism, Noemi Di Segni warns that nostalgia for WWII period must be condemned by government.

Antisemitism is reemerging in Italy decades after end of fascism

Milan mural showing Simpsons as death camp inmates vandalized

Artwork marking Holocaust Remembrance Day depicts famous cartoon family before and after their deportation to a concentration camp.

Milan mural showing Simpsons as death camp inmates vandalized

Italian Senator calls for dismissal of anti-Israel UN rapporteur

Italian Senator Giulio Terzi calls to consider the future of UN Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese.

Italian Senator calls for dismissal of anti-Israel UN rapporteur

Report: Bullet found in leg of tourist killed in Tel Aviv attack

Italian media reports a CT scan found a bullet in the leg of Alessandro Parini, following Friday night's attack.

Report: Bullet found in leg of tourist killed in Tel Aviv attack

Fan who wore Hitler jersey to Rome soccer match facing jail time

Authorities also investigating antisemitic chants made during game by Lazio supporters at Roma fans.

Fan who wore Hitler jersey to Rome soccer match facing jail time

EJC condemns antisemitism against Italian opposition leader

European Jewish Congress calls on senior political figures in Italy to denounce antisemitic attacks against newly appointed Elly Schlein.

EJC condemns antisemitism against Italian opposition leader

Under the radar:

Netanyahu and his wife receive VIP tour of the Colosseum

The tour did not appear in the PM's itinerary, likely so as not to convey a sense of "disconnect" from the mass demonstrations in Israel.

Netanyahu and his wife receive VIP tour of the Colosseum

Rome:

Netanyahu meets with Italian executives on Israeli innovations

PM attends forum of Italian senior executives, talks Israeli tech, including drought solutions, digital health and cybersecurity.

Netanyahu meets with Italian executives on Israeli innovations

Italian soccer federation probing antisemitic chants

Investigation opened into offensive chanting by supporters of Rome's Lazio, known for having the most far-right fans in Italian soccer.

Italian soccer federation probing antisemitic chants

Netanyahu: Opposition plunging country into anarchy

PM says upon departing for Italy that the coalition's efforts to negotiate an agreement on the judicial reforms have all been rebuffed.

Netanyahu: Opposition plunging country into anarchy

Netanyahu to take off for Rome on Thursday

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara will spend the weekend in Italy. PM will meet Italian PM Giorgia Meloni during the visit.

Netanyahu to take off for Rome on Thursday

Italian translator refuses to translate for Netanyahu in Rome

Translator Olga Dalia Padua says 'my children won't forgive me' if she agreed to translate for Israeli PM at Rome synagogue this weekend.

Italian translator refuses to translate for Netanyahu in Rome

'Cowardly act of terrorism'

Countries in Europe denounce Jerusalem attack

Germany, Italy and France condemn ramming attack in which a 20-year-old and a six-year-old were murdered.

Countries in Europe denounce Jerusalem attack

Italy:

24 people charged for harassing Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre

Well known Holocaust educator files report with police after 2 dozen people attack her online, including pro-Palestinian celebrity chef.

24 people charged for harassing Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre

Italy to appoint coordinator for combating antisemitism

PM Giorgia Meloni announces Rome politician to take on role coordinating national fight against antisemitism.

Italy to appoint coordinator for combating antisemitism

Murals showing the Simpsons as Holocaust victims appear in Italy

Artwork showing cartoon family as Holocaust victims appear in Milan train station to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Murals showing the Simpsons as Holocaust victims appear in Italy

Watch: Italy's mafia boss captured after 30 years on the run

The 'boss of bosses' of Sicily’s notorious Cosa Nostra mafia was still believed to be issuing orders from secret locations across Sicily.

Watch: Italy's mafia boss captured after 30 years on the run

Italian government to focus on combating antisemitism in schools

Italy’s education ministry signs memorandum with Jewish leaders to promote initiatives to fight antisemitism in school system.

Italian government to focus on combating antisemitism in schools

Israeli tourist stabbed at a train station in Rome

24-year-old Israeli woman stabbed three times in the back. The suspect fled the scene and police are looking for him.

Israeli tourist stabbed at a train station in Rome

Italian Jews slam parliament speaker for honoring fascist party

Jewish leaders in Italy excoriate parliament president for marking anniversary of founding of the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement.

Italian Jews slam parliament speaker for honoring fascist party

Italian PM meets Jewish leaders

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni underlines "essential importance of Jewish communities" in meeting with WJC head and Jewish leaders.

Italian PM meets Jewish leaders

Italian anti-terror police arrest members of neo-Nazi group

Investigation leads Naples authorities to search over 30 homes and computers of far-right extremists.

Italian anti-terror police arrest members of neo-Nazi group

Italian synagogue vandalized on anniversary of Kristallnacht

Synagogue in Trieste defaced with antisemitic graffiti on 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Italian synagogue vandalized on anniversary of Kristallnacht

Italy’s PM appoints minister once pictured wearing Nazi armband

Italy’s new undersecretary of infrastructure, Galeazzo Bignami, sparks controversy with photograph of him wearing a Nazi swastika armband,

Italy’s PM appoints minister once pictured wearing Nazi armband