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Pigs’ Heads Sent to Rome’s Synagogue, Jewish Museum


The scene in front of Rome's synagogue on Saturday morning, where a package containing a pig's head was sent on Friday.

The scene in front of Rome's synagogue on Saturday morning, where a package containing a pig's head was sent on Friday.
Photo Credit: La Repubblica

Several pigs’ heads were mailed in boxes last week to Jewish institutions in Rome, including the city’s main synagogue and the Israeli embassy, according to a report in La Repubblica Saturday.

Police intercepted the package that was mailed to the embassy in the prestigious Parioli neighborhood of Rome, after similar “gifts” had been received by the synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

“Those who insult the Jewish community offend Rome,” said Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino in a tweet. “We reject the intimidation outright.”

The synagogue’s parcel was delivered Friday moments after staff had received an anonymous phone call warning about a bomb delivered to them.

Bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene, only to discover a pig’s head, which they believe came from a slaughterhouse.

According to La Repubblica, Rome has seen an unprecedented level of antisemitic intimidation, in anticipation of International Holocaust Memorial Day, Monday, January 27, which is the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Allies. The packages included bizarre references to Theodor Herzl, founder of the political Zionist movement, and Holocaust denial slogans, which police believe were intended to “scare the Jewish economy.”

Police are investigating fingerprints and DNA traces found on the packages, which had been secured with packing tape and delivered by the same postal company, TNT. The three parcels arrived at TNT on the evening of January 23 and shipped from a fulfillment center in the southern part of Rome.

On Saturday morning, swastikas and antisemitic slogans have appeared on the walls of buildings in Rome’s third sub-municipality. One of the inscriptions reads “The Holocaust is a lie,” and another is a slur against Anne Frank.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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26 Responses to “Pigs’ Heads Sent to Rome’s Synagogue, Jewish Museum”

  1. Gee big surprise, where do you think it started?

  2. The Nebuchadnezzar conversion – Most fascinating story in the Bible – Daniel chapter 4
    Nebuchadnezzaar became too proud, and God said, “sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.” Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
    At the end of seven years Nebuchadnezzar repented, and publicly confessed his sin and Glod’s sovereignty, and God saved him.
    Pray that God will do all these things to obama.

  3. a Jewish curse-may the perdon who sent that have his hands fall off!

  4. Kathy Olson says:

    This kind of activity is unacceptable and an insult to all civilized peoples.

  5. Let us not forget that at the start of the second world war the Italians were a member of the axis powers. Many jews were deported and murdered at the behest of the Italian government.

  6. Sad but unfortunately, not really surprising..

  7. Sad. Hope that people will choose good instead of hate someday and cease all of these nonsenses.

  8. Alan Kardon says:

    To cowardly to put a return address. Lets find the person(s) and give it proper punishment. NEVER AGAIN.

  9. Jo-Ann says:

    Despicable!!!

  10. pigs have a higher IQ than these lowlife human creatures.

  11. That is just wrong! Why are people so cruel to other people because of race or religion?! This makes me very upset! The cowards should have had the balls to put their return address and name on the packages!

  12. May God have mercy!

  13. Robert Cross says:

    Wow! The person or persons responsible for this cowardly act will be visited by the Judgement of Almighty God >enough said !

  14. Satan hates God's people!

  15. Sani Fornus says:

    Disgraceful conduct

  16. Dorothy Myers says:

    Anti-Jewish beliefs and activities are centuries old. Wouldn't expect them to change now. This is how it starts over again: Juvenile stupid acts like sending pig heads leads to bashing windows leads to bashing Jews…on and on.

  17. interessante. Como são fracos em entendimento!!! nada de inovações…a lista de animais imundos é tão grande, por que não mudar o lema? ignorancia?

  18. Mirza Ahmad says:

    Do they think that they can defeat the jews and Muslims by doing this type of hateful act?
    This is a shamful act. May God take the revenge from them in a decent manner. Our slogan is
    “Love for all, hatred for none”

  19. The Jew hating world is jealous of the Jews. Why?
    The Jews have outlived Rome, Greece, Spain, Nazi germany , Islamic wars against the Jews plus others.
    The Jews have huge brain power, which those anti Semites lack. They hatersd have their brain where they sit!.
    The Jews have contributed more to the world than any other people, although the Jews are small in number, compared with, sauy, Catholics, more than 1 billion. Other Chrsitians, more than 1 billion, Islam 1.5 billion.
    Jews? How is it the the world even notices us? We are in total, 14 million.
    With all those billions, what have they contributed to the world?
    Wars, death, destruction, hatred, and nothing much else.
    So, the Jews have made them all look like the idiots they are.

    The Jews are G-D's chosen people. No others were chosen by G-D. So, the jealousy is so bad, that they must hate those few people whom G-D loves. before anyone else.

  20. Ben Plonie says:

    This is one offense we can probably rule out attributing to Muslims, to whom pigs are like kryptonite to Superman. We may also rule out Buddhists and Hindus; not found in significant numbers in Italy and who do not care about Jews anyway. Modern atheists too lack the passion for this kind of demonstration.

    No, the perpetrators can with near-certainty be identified as Christians, otherwise notable by their historic track record of kindness, soulful generosity, and spiritual sophistication. Agree or disagree with Christians, but they sure are a loving bunch, unlike the nasty old Pharisees and Sanhedrin!

  21. They cover their faces so we can't recognize them. Then when sending a package they don't put the return address .A shameful people their not, they should be. Those people will have their day.

  22. just wondering if the roman catholic church is going to be silent on this one too?

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