by Giulio Meotti
A park named after Yasser Arafat and a square named for Elio Toaff.
It was decided by the Virginia Raggi administration of Rome. The mayor
wants to celebrate the Palestinian leader and the late chief rabbi, with
a park at Centocelle for the first and a slider at Colle Oppio for the
The decision to venerate the former spiritual
leader of Italian Judaism is a blessing. But it is a pity to name a
park in Rome after the Fatah's leader, the head of the Palestinian
Autonomy, the man who wished “one million shahid” would conquer
Jerusalem and then sat at the UN to deal with all world leaders.
the early '80s, Rabbi Toaff attacked then President of the Republic,
Sandro Pertini, for having received Arafat on his first visit to Italy,
while the Senate's President Giovanni Spadolini refused to meet with the
PLO leader. The secretaries of the three main political parties
welcomed the Palestinian leader with the honors of a head of government.
At the time, the Palestinian leader and his followers had shed the
blood of many Jews in Europe as in the Middle East. His actions had
horrified the world and Arafat came to Italy in search of advertising at
a time when the PLO was openly pursuing the destruction of all Israel
(now they do it a bit more covertly).
In 1982 Arafat was
neither a Nobel Peace Prize nor a “president”. He was just a terrorist
and Toaff knew it. Those who govern Rome must remind themselves of that
before naming a park after a murderous, violent, corrupt, destructive
Palestinian leader who created the political chaos in which Palestinian
Arabs still live today and who caused so many deaths to Israel. The
Palestinian anti-Semitic autocrat, responsible for two murderous
Intifadas, does not deserve to see his name in an Italian park.
How would the Italians react if Israel would name a park in Jerusalem after some mafia killer? Shame.