Italian Jews light Hanukkiah outside Iran Embassy

Thursday, December 29, 2005 | 
Members of Rome’s Jewish community lit Hanukkah candles in front of the Iranian Embassy in what they said was a peaceful response to comments by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust was a myth. “We want to bring the light and not fire to the world,” said Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni. Two of the people who lit the candles were World War II concentration camp survivors, and a third was an Iranian Jew. About 50 people took part in the candle lighting. An Israeli Embassy official said he sees the candle lighting as a continuation of the same line against the anti-Israel remarks and the Holocaust denial. Italy has 30,000 Jewish residents, 12,000 of them in Rome.

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