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April 17, 2014 / 17 Nisan, 5774
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Millions Skimmed from Milan Jewish community

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

(JTA) – The Jewish community in Milan is confronting an apparent case of embezzlement in which millions of dollars were removed from the community bank accounts.

“Over the course of the past few months, all the accounts of the community have undergone a general audit, which is still going on,” Milan Jewish community president Walter Meghnagi told hundreds of community members at a special meeting this week.

The audit, he said, had shown that “taking advantage of everyone’s good faith, over the course of the years millions of Euros have been subtracted from the community’s accounts, by subtle and deceptive ways that have proven well suited to frustrate the required controls that are constantly put in place.”

Meghnagi said suspicion focused on a person who “played an important role in the financial and administrative management of the community.”

He said the matter came to light after “the person in question” was removed from his post last year following 30 years of service.

Judicial authorities are investigating, but no details have been officially revealed.

Anti-Netanyahu Italian Actor Quits Milan Jewish Community

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Italian actor Moni Ovadia resigned from the Milan Jewish community with accusations that it is a “propaganda office” of the Israeli government.

The announcement by Ovadia, 67, in an interview published last week in the daily Il Fatto Quotidiano sparked a row in the Italian Jewish world. “I don’t want to stay in a place that calls itself a Jewish community but is the propaganda office of a government,” he said. “I am against those who want to ‘Israelianize’ Judaism.”

A longtime left-wing critic of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy toward the Palestinians, Ovadia also said he had been barred from taking part in a major Jewish culture festival in Milan at the end of September because of his views.

Milan Jewish community spokesman Daniele Nahum said assertions by the well-known actor were “full of falsehoods.” He stated, “We represent Milanese Jewry and are not the agency of anyone.”

Ovadia describes himself as Jewish but agnostic.

Milan’s Jews Cut Ties with Muslim Group over Israel Slurs

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The Milan Jewish community has broken off relations with the Milan Islamic Associations Coordination (CAIM) following verbal attacks on Israel made by the group’s spokesman.

A statement from the Jewish community said it had decided to break ties with CAIM, which links more than 30 Muslim groups in the Milan area, after the association’s spokesman Davide Piccardo was quoted in the media as calling Israel “a state that constantly violates international law and the most elementary human rights, carrying forward a brutal, racist and criminal military occupation.”

The statement said that Piccardo’s declaration “is an inacceptable declaration, not only for the Milan Jewish community but also for all the citizenry of Milan” which has been a sister city of Tel Aviv since 1997.

The Milan Jewish community’s relations “with all the other Islamic associations in the city will continue with the usual serenity,” the statement said. It reiterated that the Milan Jewish community “has always been and always will be close to the legitimate requests of the Milanese residents of Islamic faith regarding the construction of places of worship in Milan. We consider important the enlargement of the perimeter of religious freedoms, which are essential for the strengthening of Italian democracy.”

The rupture with CAIM came in the wake of controversy over the participation over the weekend of Jordanian Imam Riyadh al-Bustanji in ceremonies organized by CAIM in Milan to mark the end of Ramadan. Al-Bustanji, who is close to the terrorist organization Hamas, appeared on a Hamas/Gaza TV interview in June saying that he would bring his daughter to Gaza to learn how to become a martyr for Islam.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/milans-jews-cut-ties-with-muslim-group-over-israel-slurs/2013/08/14/

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