The 61st anniversary of Italys liberation from fascism

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The protests happened on the sidelines of a Liberation Day commemorative march and were apparently prompted by the presence in the march of Israeli flags in honor of members of the Jewish Brigade, an infantry unit that helped liberate Italy.


http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/710782.html

Last update - 15:01 28/04/2006


Italian authorities investigate anti-Israel protests at Milan march

By The Associated Press

ROME - Italian authorities are investigating anti-Israeli protests that marred a march in Milan commemorating the 61st anniversary of Italy's liberation from fascism, a prosecutor said Friday.

Armando Spataro, an anti-terrorism prosecutor in the northern city, said a number of people have been placed under investigation for incitement to commit a crime, causing damage and holding an unauthorized demonstration.

Spataro refused to release the number of those investigated or their nationality, saying only that police had identified them as having taken part in Tuesday's protests, during which demonstrators trampled and burned Israeli flags and shouted slogans in support of the Palestinians.

The protests happened on the sidelines of a Liberation Day commemorative march and were apparently prompted by the presence in the march of Israeli flags in honor of members of the Jewish Brigade, an infantry unit that helped liberate Italy.

Commemorations are held throughout Italy on the April 25 national holiday in honor of the partisan uprising that began on that day in 1945 and ended with the execution of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Italian politicians joined Jewish leaders and the Israeli ambassador to Italy in harshly condemning the flag burning as having marred the celebration. Center-left leader Romano Prodi, who will lead Italy's incoming government, called it a "vile demonstration of intolerance."

Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano wrote Wednesday that "to offend a flag means to offend the people for whom it is a symbol, and therefore in this case it was an offense to the entire Jewish people, precisely on the day in which we celebrate liberation from their infamous oppressors."




A group of demonstrators show their 'anti-fascist' credentials as they 'celebrate' Liberation Day burning the Israeli flag.The Zionist flag, which was to become the flag of Israel, was the official flag of the Jewish Brigade in the British Army



Jewish Brigade headquarters



Jewish Brigade soldiers observing Passover in Italy




British Army in Palestine recruiting posters

German Propaganda

Background: These are satirical comic strips from Das Schwarze Korps, the weekly newspaper of the SS. They were published in 1944 and 1945.

Title: "The Jewish Brigade" (16 November 1944)




http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/korps.htm

With the outbreak of World War II, a push began to set up a Jewish Brigade on the side of the Allies. The President of the World Zionist Organization Chaim Weizmann offered the British government full cooperation of the Jewish community in British Mandate of Palestine and tried to negotiate the establishment of identifiably Jewish fighting unit (under a Jewish flag) under the auspices of British Army. His request was rejected, but many Palestinian Jews joined the British army, some in Jewish companies. Fifteen Palestinian Jewish battalions were incorporated into the British Army in September 1940 and fought in Greece in 1941.
 
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Has anybody told Paulo Di Canio?
 

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