Rome, 40 years ago the attack on the Synagogue: Mattarella at the Tempio Maggiore

On October 9, 1982, Stefano Gaj Taché, only two years old, was killed by Palestinian terrorists in the attack on the Temple. Dureghello: “We want historical and procedural truth”

The donation ceremony of the Sefer Torà (Torah scroll) dedicated to the memory of Stefano Gaj Taché, the two-year-old boy killed by Palestinian terrorists in the attack on the synagogue on October 9, 1982. The commemoration, attended by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, represents an occasion of celebration for the Jewish Community. The head of state, on his arrival, was welcomed by the president of the Roman Jewish community Ruth Dureghello, by the chief rabbi Riccardo Di Segni. Also present were the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, the president of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti and the prefect of Rome Matteo Piantedosi. As soon as he entered the Mattarella Synagogue he was greeted by a long applause.

Conducting a joyful ceremony on such a painful anniversary represents a declaration of life, peace and hope for the future. A sign opposite to death, war and terror, inherent in the very act of introducing a new book of the Torah in the Synagogue, emblem of the vitality and continuity of Jewish life.

“Since that day forty years ago many things have happened. But if we are still here it is because in addition to the pain that is still alive, we hope that finally there can be historical and procedural truth. Not out of revenge, but out of justice. From this place we ask for truth, because it is necessary that that veil of hypocrisy and silence that made it possible for a terrorist command to act undisturbed in the heart of Rome is finally revealed “, then said the president of the Roman Jewish community Dureghello during the ceremony.