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EU Official Sends Profanity-Laced Messages to UWI Rabbi

A United With Israel rabbi was shocked when he received profanity-laced anti-Israel emails from an EU official.

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UWI Rabbi Ari Enkin (R) and EU official Mattia Zilli.

UWI Rabbi Ari Enkin (R) and EU official Mattia Zilli.
Photo Credit: (Zilli photo courtesy Facebook; Rabbi Enkin's photo courtesy UWI)



Rabbi Ari Enkin, rabbinic director at United with Israel (UWI), received anti-Israel hate [e]mail on Sunday from an employee at the European Commission, which, according to its website, “is the EU’s [European Union’s] executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole.”

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Rabbi Enkin, on behalf of UWI, sends out regular emails with newsletters to subscribers only. UWI does not send unsolicited email. The crude hate mail from the EU employee, which contained foul language, was sent to Rabbi Enkin’s personal email address in response to a UWI newsletter.

Signed by Mattia Zilli, project officer, European Commission, Research Executive Agency, the email said, “STOP EXPLETIVE DELETED ****ing writing me about your Zionist bull EXPLETIVE DELETED****.”

(The foul language was spelled out in full in the original email.)

Surprised that an EU employee would openly display such vitriol against the State of Israel, UWI emailed Dennis Abbott, press spokesperson for the Marie Curie Actions Program, apprising him of the situation and asking whether any action would be taken, to which he simply responded, with no salutation:

“I’ve asked Mattia to reply to you. Best, Dennis.”

EU Official’s Signature Appeared on UWI Petition

UWI received no further correspondence from Zilli. After investigating further, the organization noted that Zilli had subscribed to the UWI newsletter back in 2011, and in 2012 he signed a UWI petition against Iran’s nuclear program. Although it is possible that another individual had signed up with Zilli’s name and email address, Zilli had ample time to unsubscribe in a civilized fashion.

UWI also found an email from Zilli sent last week, in reaction to having received a newsletter with an article about the Fatah-Hamas unity government and several pieces about the Jewish holiday of Shavuot – in which he wrote: “Spare me your Zionist bulls..t.”

All Zilli had to do, in order to stop receiving UWI emails, was to click the “unsubscribe” option below. Instead, he revealed what appears to be profound animosity towards Zionism while using an official EU email address.

UWI then emailed Koen Doens, head of the spokespersons’ service at the European Commission, asking for comment and whether any action would be taken. He replied:

“Our services will immediately look into this. Meanwhile, rest assured that the staff member of the European Commission will be told that the language used – regardless of whether or not this is in response to real or perceived harassment – is fully unacceptable. The matter will be followed up internally.”

UWI asked Doens whether he was suggesting that Mattia may have been responding to “real or perceived harassment.”

“The meaning of my sentence was to indicate that, whatever the reason Mattia may come forward with, it is not relevant to justify the remark he made, and there should be no ambiguity about this,” Doens stated.

“We at United with Israel are deeply saddened by Mr. Zilli’s repeated hateful and anti-Zionist comments,” David Zeit, UWI’s executive director, said. “We hope that his hatred toward Israel is not representative of the European Commission’s view of the Jewish State.”

Hate Mail Sent on Day that EU-Israel Agreement Signed

The European Commission offices where Zilli works are located in Brussels, Belgium, where the fatal terrorist shooting of four people two weeks ago took place at the Jewish Museum.

Rabbi Enkin received the hate mail on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso attended the signing ceremony in Jerusalem on Israel’s accession to Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Atara Beck

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  1. TennilleThomson says:

    It’s sad to hear but seems to be reminiscent of those who know the least about history, politics & world affairs.

  2. ChaiyaEitan says:

    This individual is not only an anti-Semite but is also stupid.

  3. LouisJoffe says:

    Zilli does not look to bright,just anangry man and a anti semetic.

  4. Bad news. Not good to mess with Israel.

  5. Like he doesn’t expect such love messages..

  6. JohnGarrett270 says:

    Zilli needs his filthy mouth washed out with soap.

  7. AvrahamLeibler says:

    Silly Zilli!

  8. Lee Graysonn says:

    Its bad news the Modern state of Israel has been around 66 years

  9. SarahHenya says:

    A polite email to this address: http://ec.europa.eu/rea/contact/index_en.htm might stress that the EU has no business employing racist antisemites whose behavior is a disgrace to the EU.

  10. pinchydh889 says:

    From generation to generation there are those than realize they can never attain the decency of even the lowest Jew, and therefore act-out like the filth that they are.

  11. THEY WILL ONLY COME BACK TO YOU…A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS. period

  12. Tracy Ramsey says:

    First they told us to get out of Europe, because Jews belong in Palestine. Now they tell us to get out of Palestine, because Jews don’t belong there. I have a two word response to this fool. The first word starts with an f.

  13. YOU RIGHT TRACY..
    NO WE DONT WANT PALESTINE.
    YES WE JEWS BELONG IN ISRAEL..OR THE USA.. IM IN THE USA..ARMD +READY TO DEFEND MY LAND +FAMLY+MY ANIMALS..

  14. RachmielBenAriel says:

    As I commented yesterday to “Of guns and ballot boxes” in the June 7th-13th Edition of The Economist: “If Europe must single out Jews as persons requiring special protection rather than as human beings whose inalienable rights given under the equality of law are being flagrantly violated, then it has clearly failed in whatever minuscule democratic appetition it would like us to believe it once held. Frankly, by nature of the fact that we are actually discussing this matter sixty-nine years after Auschwitz and Buchenwald more than illustrates the point that “[T]here’s nothing new under the [European] sun!”

  15. Eduardo Mazo says:

    Whose poisoning the mind of others, surely the one who said is the one who lost so much. Have in mind, not damm it and dump be clever enough to save your soul and country.

  16. JackieRozell says:

    It’s disturbing that an employee of the EU felt comfortable enough to send this filth; it’s even more disturbing that higher officials of the EU refuse to properly deal with it.

  17. AlanKardon says:

    Waiting to see what the EU has to say and do about this incident?

  18. StuartKaufman says:

    This idiot’s forebears were running around in the forests, naked and painted blue while the Jews were 99% literate and formulating the ethical precepts which define western civilization. Now, this guy proves that he himself is only semi-literate and is totally uncivilized. He is an appropriate example of the EU mentality and intelligence. To expect that the EU will do anything other than promote this boob is to expect the impossible.

  19. EvelynDow says:

    This whole affair is unacceptable. The EU employee should be fired immediately.

  20. EvelynDow says:

    I could not have stated this any plainer. the EU needs to clean house quickly.

  21. EvelynDow says:

    I agree with John Garrett. The person needs his mouth washed out and to be fired.

  22. EvelynDow says:

    He certainly sounds like an anti Semite- likely never met a Jew in his life.

  23. PstrAlly says:

    WELL SAID MR KAUFMAN, AND THE WHOLE THING IS JUST DISGUSTING, THE EU MAY WELL BE THE SEAT OF END TIMES PROPHECY FULFILMENT, AND IS THIS MAN
    A FORERUNNER OF WHAT WE EXPECT???
    ,

  24. WELL SAID MR KAUFMAN, AND THE WHOLE THING IS JUST DISGUSTING, THE EU MAY WELL BE THE SEAT OF END TIMES PROPHECY FULFILMENT, AND IS THIS MAN
    A FORERUNNER OF WHAT WE EXPECT???
    ,

  25. AnneFreedom says:

    Evelyn Dow What you say is absolutely wrong !! Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox when he was overloaded of work. Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…

  26. AnneFreedom says:

    What you say is absolutely wrong !! Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox when he was overloaded of work and stressed. Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! We work on many projects with Israel as we give funds and But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…

  27. AnneFreedom says:

    This is sad !! Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox when he was overloaded of work and stressed. Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! We work on many projects with Israel as we give funds and But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…

  28. AnneFreedom says:

    Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox when he was overloaded of work and stressed. Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! We work on many projects with Israel as we give funds and But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…

  29. AnneFreedom says:

    I am sad to see that your comments are so full of hate. Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia made a mistake, he did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox while he was overloaded of work and stressed. Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! We work on many projects with Israel as we give funds and But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…As far as I am concerned, I registered my gran mother at Yad Vashem and I am actively promoting Israel. You are attacking the wrong persons…

  30. AnneFreedom says:

    I am sad to see that your comments are so full of hate. Mattia is a good friend of mine and his apologises were sincere. First he has Jewish origins as I do. His mother is Jewish ! We both visited Israel and love Israel very much but Mattia made a mistake, he did not accept a political email he received in his profesional mailbox while he was overloaded of work and stressed (he did not succeed to unsubscribe to the newsletter) Second, he is neither a politician nor a civil Servant but contractual agent for an Agency of the European Commission. The whole incident is so stupid ! I am Civil servant and I can tell you that the European Commission work on many projects with Israel as we give funds. But anyway people take all opportunities to critize EU servants…As far as I am concerned, I was proud to register my gran mother’s sister at Yad Vashem and I am actively promoting Israel. You are attacking the wrong persons…

  31. StuartKaufman says:

    @Anne Blitz: Undoubtedly, some of his best friends are Jewish!

  32. RachmielBenAriel says:

    Anne Blitz It’s rather amusing that you do not label the words of your “good friend,” Mattia, as “full of hate.” Apparently, in your opinion, “overloaded . . . and stressed” gives one the permission to say (and in some cases to do) anything—one of the problems facing the European mindset since the period of the Gallic Wars.

    Now Mattia has apologized—but for what reason? Obviously he did not see the need to do anything until pressured by the EC.

    Mattia’s email indicates that he is “Project officer, European Commission, Research Executive Agency.” To suggest that he is just a “contractual agent” clearly indicates that you are suffering from a case of Cognitive Dissonance, not all that different from those who made the argument in 1948: “Ich war nur Befehle befolgt.”

    The fact remains that a person who “loves Israel” does not refer to issues concerning the State as “Zionist [b*******].”

    Ms Blitz, your attempts as an apologist for Mattia are similar to the babble of German civilians living under Allied Occupation following May of 1945: “Hey GI Joe, I hide Jews; give me cigarettes and Hershey Bar.”

    As I wrote in my earlier post, “[T]here’s nothing new under the [European] sun!”

  33. Stuart Kaufman says:

    @Anne Blitz: Undoubtedly, some of his best friends are Jewish!

  34. Rachmiel Ben Ariel says:

    Anne Blitz It’s rather amusing that you do not label the words of your “good friend,” Mattia, as “full of hate.” Apparently, in your opinion, “overloaded . . . and stressed” gives one the permission to say (and in some cases to do) anything—one of the problems facing the European mindset since the period of the Gallic Wars.

    Now Mattia has apologized—but for what reason? Obviously he did not see the need to do anything until pressured by the EC.

    Mattia’s email indicates that he is “Project officer, European Commission, Research Executive Agency.” To suggest that he is just a “contractual agent” clearly indicates that you are suffering from a case of Cognitive Dissonance, not all that different from those who made the argument in 1948: “Ich war nur Befehle befolgt.”

    The fact remains that a person who “loves Israel” does not refer to issues concerning the State as “Zionist [b*******].”

    Ms Blitz, your attempts as an apologist for Mattia are similar to the babble of German civilians living under Allied Occupation following May of 1945: “Hey GI Joe, I hide Jews; give me cigarettes and Hershey Bar.”

    As I wrote in my earlier post, "[T]here's nothing new under the [European] sun!"

  35. AnneFreedom says:

    Rachmiel Ben Ariel
    You mix everything, I think that Mattia made a horrible mistake but he is treated as an antisemite. He can be Not zionist and love Israel and his people. Regarding the status of contractual Agent, I said it because not only Mattia is attacked in the comments but also Civil Servants, Europe and its Institutions. The comparision you make with the world war is a shame. I registered my gran mother’s sister in Yad Vashem, I am chocked by your comments. So please do not throw stones at your turn !

  36. RachmielBenAriel says:

    Anne Blitz You are “chocked” [sp] at my comments? How cliché:

    Renault: “Everybody is to leave here immediately! This cafe is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once!
    Rick: “How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Employee of Rick’s: “[hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir.
    Renault: “Oh, thank you, very much. Everybody out at once! (CASABLANCA, 1942).

  37. Rachmiel Ben Ariel says:

    Anne Blitz You are “chocked” [sp] at my comments? How cliché:

    Renault: "Everybody is to leave here immediately! This cafe is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once!
    Rick: "How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    Renault: "I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Employee of Rick's: "[hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir.
    Renault: "Oh, thank you, very much. Everybody out at once! (CASABLANCA, 1942).


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