Israeli media raise alarm over 'racist epidemic' in Italy

Yediot highlights attack on athlete, criticizes minister

31 July, 19:48

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    TEL AVIV - The popular Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot has carried a headline about the "racism epidemic" in Italy.

    The article focused on an attack on the Italian athlete Daisy Osakue, of Nigerian origins, who suffered an eye injury when an egg was thrown at her in Turin.

    The daily said that Italy is "in shock" and that incitement against refugees and migrants by far-right leaders of the government leads to violence.

    The criticism was directed mainly at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who - it claimed - is the de facto leader of the country.

    The author of the article noted with concern that he had recently tweeted a slogan originally used by former fascist leader Benito Mussolini: "Many enemies, much honor".

    The article noted that it had come after he was criticized by the Church and human rights organizations.

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