Holocaust survivor requires police protection after establishing anti-Semitism commission in Italy
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An 89-year-old survivor of the Holocaust has received police protection after receiving threats both online and offline due to her role in leading a parliamentary commission against hate.

CNN reported Thursday that Liliana Segre, a survivor of Auschwitz, was assigned a security detail from the Carabinieri police force after researchers with the Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center — which tracks anti-Semitic attacks in Italy — detected hundreds of anti-Semitic attacks referencing her online.


"Every time prominent Jews are at the center of media attention in Italy, they get subjected to online anti-Semitic abuse," said Stefano Gatti, an official with the Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center.

"The anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, [history] of violence," Gatti added. "It's part of their radical right-wing code, this pugnacious attitude."

Segre is the creator and a driving force behind the so-called Segre Commission, an Italian parliamentary commission set up this week to counter anti-Semitism and racism in Italy. Several right-leaning parties abstained during the vote to set up the commission, causing controversy.

"It's a decision that we consider wrong and dangerous," the president of Rome's Jewish community said of the decision to abstain from voting on the commission's formation. "At the moment there is a need for unity. There should be no room for ambiguity."