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July 14th, 2014 - Tamuz 16th, 5774

With the Italkim
by Guido Vitale*

In its last meeting, the Council of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities devoted much attention to the plight of Israel and the Hamas terrorist aggression. Vittorio Dan Segre, Sergio Minerbi and Sergio Della Pergola also participated in the debate. Listening to these three leading experts who are among the best representatives of the Italkim, as well as  authoritative editorialists of the magazine of Italian Jewry, Pagine Ebraiche, was helpful and inspiring. Surely it was also a sign of solidarity and friendship to all Italians who live in Israel as well as to the entire Israeli population.

*Guido Vitale is the editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche.
Italian Word of the Week:
by Daniela Gross

Sometimes geography reserves surprises. And if you look at the geography of the Italian Jews you can’t help but being surprised. There are in Italy 21 Jewish Communities. Seventy per cent of Italian Jewry is in fact concentrated in Rome and Milan and there are Communities in Ancona, Bologna, Casale Monferrato, Ferrara, Firenze (Florence), Genova (Genoa), Livorno (Leghorn), Mantova (Mantua), Merano, Modena, Padova (Padua), Parma, Pisa, Torino (Turin), Trieste, Venezia (Venice), Vercelli and Verona.

But if you look at South Italy you will find only one, Naples.
The reason? The “Sud”, how in Italian is called the South, has had during the centuries a history quite different from the rest of the country, until the 1861 when Italy was unified. And the situation of the Jews of the Sud reflects with clarity this difference. The Jewish presence in those areas dates back to the first century with alternative positive and bad periods. But at the time of the Spanish domination that long continuity of presence ceases in a dramatic way. At the middle of XVI century, between 1510 and 1541, the King of Spain Ferdinand the Catholic, the master of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, decreed the same faith for the Jews of the Naples kingdom. It is a political decision – called Gherush - that repels the Jews in those lands until the middle of XIX century.

Today the Jewish "Sud" has anew its center in the ancient Community of Naples and is living a vibrant revival, with many cultural initiatives and a rediscovery of the Jewish identity from many who were forced to hide it during the bad times. It's a new phase in the long history of the Sud, in a sense a surprise: maybe more than geography.
Italian Jewish Leaders Express Their Solidarity with Israel
By Rossella Tercatin

There was a minute of silence honoring the four teenage victims of brutal murders and an expression of solidarity with Israel, reaffirming its right to self-defense from the aggression against its civilian population perpetrated by Hamas.
The Council of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), which took place in Rome on Sunday, focused on the crisis between Israel and Gaza.
“Italian Jewish Communities and their leaders are worried about the incessant barrage of rockets against Israel and the escalation of violence. Gaza rulers represent a threat against Israeli as well as  the Palestinian people - reads the UCEI message issued after the meeting – This is a conflict between freedom and the value of life against terror and the culture of death, which must be recognized and acknowledged by our national institutions as well. Aware of the complexity of the moment, we also condemn the media which are ready to mystify the real causes of this crisis, offering the public a distorted image of Israel”.

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Out of the Boot
Marta’s Laid Back Australian Lifestyle
By Shirly Piperno*

Think far. Now think further, and you will find yourself in Australia. Marta Olifson, 23, decided to move to Sydney for her 5 months exchange, a place far from her lifestyle and family in Milan, where she is studying law at Bocconi University.  “I thought I had one chance, I might as well ‘give it a burl’, as they say here. Although I could also have learned English in the United States or the UK, these places didn’t inspire me as much. Plus they are accessible whenever I want, while Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience” Marta says about her peculiar choice, which she does not regret one bit.
Marta lives in Coogee, a suburb 30 minutes off Sydney on the seaside – and that beautiful sea is what she sees every morning when she wakes up. As we talk on Skype, she shows me the spectacular view from her flat through the webcam, and I can understand how it can make her “fall in love with that place”.

*Shirly Piperno is a fashion styling and communication student at Istituto Marangoni, London.
Simone Somekh, student at Bar-Ilan University and freelance writer for the Jewish Italian press, contributed reporting.

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Bologna, a Special Street Party
Music, performances, stands selling Jewish specialties and books. The Jewish Community of Bologna has invited all the citizens for a very special festival celebrating the encounter with Jewish culture. On June 9th, hundreds of people gathered in the neighborhood around the synagogue for the first night of Bolanià.

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Francesco Moises Bassano

Se puede leer sobre Moked, que en estas semanas tuvo lugar en Ljubljana la séptima conferencia de la International Conference on Jewish Italian Literature. Como en otros tantos lugares y en otros ámbitos culturales, el judaismo italiano ha ofrecido también a la literatura, sus escritores y sus poetas. Se recuerdan en Italia, muchos autores de origen judío, conocidos a veces incluso a nivel internacional.

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Simplicity and Complexity
in Times of Bellic Strife

By Yaacov Mascetti*

I am not an orderly man, I am rarely unswerving, and certainty is not my cup of tea. So in all the chaos of these days, in all the violence and senseless anger, I think that I'll allow myself a Joycean synthesis of events that took place here in the last three weeks. Three Jewish adolescents kidnapped and killed with merciless conviction, one Arab Israeli adolescent kidnapped and brutally tortured and burned alive, a mob rebellion in the Shoafat neighborhood (actually it's a Palestinian village) of Jerusalem, a Jewish mob manifesting through the streets of Jerusalem on the day of the funerals of the three adolescents and crying "Death to the Arabs!", rockets shot from the Gaza strip onto Israelis cities, forty thousand reserve soldiers called up for emergency duty, tanks ready to roll into Gaza, sirens, people running, Iron Dome, "surgical" air strikes on the city with the highest population density on the planet, almost 150 Palestinians dead in Gaza.

*Ph.D., Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University

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