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From ANSA news agency in Italy:
BERLUSCONI STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH JOKES
(ANSA) – Rome, October 1  – Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s penchant for telling jokes stirred up a hornet’s nest on Friday, with the opposition and Jewish groups blasting him for anti-Semitism and defaming religion and women.
The premier was caught making quips and telling jokes in a video filmed outside his Roman residence on September 29 and posted on the website of left-leaning daily La Repubblica.
Speaking to young supporters, the premier says:”A Jew tells a relative: at the time of the extermination camps, a fellow countryman asks our family to hide him and we do. We put him in the basement, take care of him and ask him to pay us on a daily basis.
The other fellow asks: how much was it?
Three thousand euros.
No, per day.
We’ll we’re Jews..and he paid up because he had the money. So give me some peace.
But here’s a question for you: do you think we should tell him that Hitler has died and the war is over?”
Berlusconi wraps up his story by asking supporters: “cute, eh?”.
The premier is also heard telling them that he “collects a story and a girl a day” and urging them to queue up so that when he next presents an electoral list “half of them will be women and all of them young”.
“I’m more than enough to represent old people in the party, everyone else should be young” …
Amos Luzzatto, President of the Jewish Community in Venice and former head of the Jewish Community in Italy, blasted the joke as “the worst sort of anti-Semite stereotype”
From DPA news agency:
An Anti-Semitic insult was hurled at dissident members of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party on Thursday. Speaking ahead of a confidence vote on a set of government proposals presented by Berlusconi, Senator Giuseppe Ciarrapico accused those within the party who are against the measures of being “traitors.” …
Senator Ciarrapico asked the assembly, “Has Fini’s group already ordered kippahs?” He added, “He who betrays once, always betrays.”
The Democratic Party’s senate leader, Anna Finocchiaro, called on Berlusconi “to dissociate himself in an official and clear way from the unacceptable anti-Semitic remarks made by Senator Ciarrapico in the Senate chamber.”
Not much chance of Berlusconi dissociating himself from Ciarrapico, given his own anti-Semitism.
By Fred Mazelis:
25 September 2003
On Tuesday, September 23, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the organization founded in the United States 90 years ago with the stated aim of fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, bestowed its Distinguished Statesman Award on a leading European political figure. The recipient of the award, at a gala fund-raising dinner held at New York City’s luxurious Plaza Hotel, was none other than Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy who made headlines and sparked wide outrage recently when he came to the defense of the former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
In an interview with the British Spectator magazine, the Italian prime minister was asked to compare the Italian fascist ruler and Saddam Hussein. He told the Spectator that Mussolini’s “was a much more benign dictatorship. Mussolini did not murder anyone. Mussolini sent people on holiday to internal exile.”
Tullia Zevi, a former leader of Italy’s Union of Jewish Communities, expressed the outrage of many when she told the New York Times in a telephone interview, “He said fascism was a very mild dictatorship! It was so ‘mild’ there were many political murders from the very beginning, and also for the Jews.”
On the eve of the ADL award dinner, the New York Times published a letter signed by three Nobel laureates—economists Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson and Robert Solow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—calling the ADL award “shocking to anyone who knows Mr. Berlusconi’s controversial history.”
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