The minister at the Jewish ghetto in Rome: “History is tragically intertwined, the past with the present”
“Hamas is the new Nazism.” The Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, does not mince words or compromises to firmly condemn Hamas’s attack on Israel, to which he gives all his support and solidarity. “Unfortunately, history is tragically intertwined, the past with the present”, observes the minister, right in front of the Synagogue of Rome, the Tempio Maggiore at the center of what is historically defined as the Jewish ghetto, on the sidelines of the presentation of the podcast on the roundup of the Jews in the Rome ghetto on 16 October 1943.
“The past is the tragic one of the Shoah and I remember that I am personally committed to ensuring that there is a law to establish the Shoah Museum in Rome as in all the great capitals of Europe. The law has already passed the Senate and will shortly pass to the Camera – assures the Mic owner – Others had theorized it, I did it…”.
This, explains Sangiuliano, “is the past that we recall today with a podcast and many other initiatives that will be held in Rome for the memory that it is very right to pursue. The present is the terrorist act of war against the State of Israel, for which I expressed firm and decisive words of condemnation. Hamas is the new Nazism”, declared the Minister of Culture.
Then speaking at the Casina dei Vallati at the Portico d’Ottavia, in the area of the historic Jewish ghetto of Rome, Sangiuliano underlines that “those facts narrated by the podcast belong to the horror of History, but the Shoah had its own uniqueness due to what happened then How could what Hamas did today happen?”, he asks.
“I ask myself this first of all from a human point of view – he begins – but then there are the geopolitical considerations. I have always been pro-Israeli, I was as a boy and I am now. Israel is a bastion of the West, of democracy and of liberal thought, our values are there.”
This is why, Minister Sangiuliano further states, “by defending Israel we defend not only the Jewish people but also our values of democracy and respect for human rights. Be careful of distinctions – he warns – Today is not the time for distinctions, just as distinctions are not made compared to Nazism. We are firm in our condemnation of Hamas and our support for Israel. Judaism is a founding element of Italian culture”, concludes Gennaro Sangiuliano.
(by Enzo Bonaiuto)