Police open investigation after 93-year-old Italian Holocaust survivor subject to antisemitic abuse online
Italian police have opened an investigation into racially-aggravated threatening behaviour after 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre was the target of antisemitic abuse on social media.
Ms Segre, who in 2018 was named Senator for Life by Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, was subjected to antisemitic hate after she was pictured receiving her COVID-19 vaccination on 18th February.
Abusive comments included: “…the a**hole … not even the Germans managed to kill her…and now she’s afraid of dying.” Another was: “And now let’s hope that the vaccine does its job…and she gets the f*** out of the way.”
In her first act after becoming a Senator for Life, she proposed the establishment of a parliamentary commission on racism, antisemitism and incitement to hatred and violence.
Italian police say that a formal investigation has been opened into racially-aggravated threatening behaviour following the online abuse.
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