"Dear Madam Senator ("Dear Madame Senator") , I was horrified to hear the news that you had to receive protection to guarantee security because of anti-Semitic threats, I am deeply sorry that the circumstances that lead me to write them are so painful ». This opens the letter that Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has written to the Holocaust survivor and life senator Liliana Segre, published on Twitter.
"Horror and disgust"
"I deeply regret that the circumstances of my letter – he added as one reads in the text of the letter – are so painful. There are no words to adequately express my horror and disgust "in seeing her exposed" to such criminal behavior ". As a survivor of the Holocaust, "he has already seen the terrible and tragic consequences of anti-Semitism when it is not stopped". From Thursday, the senator for life, following threats via the web and the new Forza banner exposed during a public appointment in which she took part in Milan, is under guard and has two carabinieri who accompany her in every move.
"Your mission is a model in the world"
Rivlin then pointed out that Segre's story "is just another terrible example of reality for Jews in Europe today". But I believe that the most appropriate response – he continued – "is to continue doing what he believes in", emphasizing how the senator is a model to follow "for us in Israel and for Jewish communities around the world" and enhancing them " personal mission, strength and courage " ("Your personal mission, your strength and your bravery are a role model for us in the Israeli communities around the world"). Equality, human rights, acceptance of the other and tolerance are – he concluded – key values of Judaism and universals, "are the foundations on which our lives are based and without them we would be worthless people". "It would be a great honor for me and for the State of Israel to welcome Jerusalem and Israel," the head of the Jewish state added.
Scarring in Denmark
Meanwhile, over 80 tombstones have been vandalized in a Jewish cemetery dating back to 1807 in Randers, a Danish town in Jutland. As reported by the local newspaper Randers Amtsavis, the tombs were painted with green graffiti and some were overturned.
Liliana Segre, the first day with the escort
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