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ADL: Court Decision to Fine Journalist 'Turns World Upside Down'
inn ^ | 5/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld

Posted on 05/15/2012 8:49:50 AM PDT by Nachum

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reacted with "anger, shock and disbelief" at a decision by a Rome judge to fine an Italian journalist who had the courage to speak out against an anti-Semitic cartoon.

In a ruling last week, Judge Emanuela Attura ordered journalist Peppino Caldarola to pay a fine of 25,000 euros for slandering extreme-leftist writer Vauro Senesi, whose caricature of Italian Jewish politician Fiamma Nirenstein was published in 2008 in the communist newspaper Il Manifesto and has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

The cartoon, titled "Fiamma Frankenstein," depicted the Italian Jewish candidate for parliament as monster-like, with a hook-nose, fascist insignia and a Star of David emblazoned on her chest. The cartoon was widely ciriticsized at the time of its publication.

"My reaction to this, like that of the Jewish community in Italy, is anger, shock and disbelief," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We are completely bewildered at this hypocritical judgment which turns the world upside down and punishes free speech while protecting anti-Semitic and bigoted speech. Peppino Caldarola had the courage to stand up and say 'no' to anti-Semitism and bigotry. And for this he gets fined?"

(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adl; court; decision; journalist
Time for Jews to recognize Europe for what it is.
1 posted on 05/15/2012 8:50:03 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Never again? I wish that was true, but I think Europe is in for reruns - soon. I just hope and pray America will be back on the right side before that happens.

2 posted on 05/15/2012 9:06:57 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: Nachum

This after all those decades of leftards accusing the “right” of anti-semitism.


3 posted on 05/15/2012 9:13:44 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Nachum
Anger? Shock?? Disbelief???

Are you forgetting that Freedom of Speech is a right recognized by Western Civilization but an evil (in fact a manifestation of racism) in the decadent, post-Western world of the 21st century?????

4 posted on 05/15/2012 9:27:45 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout fire in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth. " J. Goldberg)
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Hey, Abe... Time to realize that "The First Amendment" is only operational in the USA, it's one of the things that makes the USA special throughout the world,and it's one of the things you leftists deny.

Too bad. Maybe you should rethink how wonderful things are throughout Europe when you leftists say the USA should be more like Europe.

Mark

5 posted on 05/15/2012 2:41:56 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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