Italian university official calls for 'final solution for Zionists'
A high-ranking official in an Italian university has called for a 'final solution' for Zionists, saying that the true victims of Zionism are, in fact, the Jewish people; statement was made from the official's private Facebook page and was discovered by the Israeli Embassy in Italy.
Raffaello Villani, a high-ranking official at the Islamic University in Lecce, Italy, recently wrote on his Facebook page, "There needs to be a final solution for Zionists."
The post went on to say that "the real Jews are the victims are Zionism."
The post was found via the Israeli Embassy in Israel's monitoring. Although the post was deleted a few hours later, the Israeli Embassy took a screen shot of that post, as well as another post attacking Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The embassy also sent the picture to the Italian Senate's vice chairperson of the Israeli-Italian inter-parliamentary cooperation foundation. The Senator then submitted a query on the subject, in which the Italian interior and education ministers were asked to state their intentions regarding the anti-Semitic post.
The Islamic University's establishment created turmoil in Italy, even among some Muslims. The university's founder, Giampiero Paladini, said in an interview with Newsweek last year, “Instead of studying the Bible, we will study the Koran… Instead of a church, we will have a mosque, and we will study subjects that are influenced by Sharia (Islamic law).” He added that the school will bridge the philosophical divide between the Western and Islamic worlds