“Shut up, Jew…burn in the ovens”: 12-year-old beaten and insulted in Italy

“When he came home, his coat was full of spit. He was trying to hide it. He was shaking. He was still scared, in shock. I can't sleep easy: how did they know? »

Two young girls aged 13 and 14 attacked a 12-year-old teenager in a park in Campiglia Marittima, Italy, on Sunday afternoon because he was Jewish. Shocked, the italian press reports the kicks, the spitting, the insults, and what seems to be a general indifference, since no one present would have reacted.

“Shut up, Jew…burn in the ovens. These are the words of the teenage girls, echoed by The Republic.

“Your voice bothers us,” said the young girls. "I'm not going to shut up, and then you push, scream, spit," he replied.

The young boy's father recounts his return home, in shock.

“When he came home, his coat was full of spit. He was trying to hide it. He was shaking. He was still scared, in shock. I can't sleep easy: how did they know? I decided to report everything to the carabinieri. Something had already happened in the past, in elementary school, I found out that they wrote messages with swastikas. »

For Mayor Alberta Ticciati, “there is no alibi”, “there are no possible excuses”. “We have the impression of plunging back into the darkest moments in the history of our country”, she lamented in remarks taken up by the Florentine courier.

“The fact that something like this is happening in a reality like ours in 2022 is of the utmost gravity that must be investigated, investigated, understood and strongly stigmatized. The municipal administration expresses its deepest solidarity with the boy and his family. Our whole community is with them. Against violence, against discrimination, against the horror that these acts arouse. Stop anti-Semitism. »

Public chat Facebook, she said Monday that "what happened must question the institutions, but also the families, and all citizens".

“A young boy attacked, beaten, insulted, humiliated for his religious beliefs. Apostrophized, mocked and assaulted by the spitting of two pre-teens. Sorry for the harsh description, but nothing compares to what this little boy will wear inside forever. […] Episodes like this leave a lot of discussion and bitterness, but at the same time the need to engage more on these issues. […] Things like these are the ones to be outraged about and invest energy and resources into. »

For the president of the Jewish community of Livorno Vittorio Mosseri, “it is an episode which tells of the ignorance in which we live, an ignorance which is the ground where the prejudice develops which is the antechamber of racism”.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Juvenile Court of Florence will open an investigation.

MC

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