Italian survivors quit Liberation Day parade

An Italian organization made up of concentration camp survivors said it would not attend the country’s annual Liberation Day parade because a Jewish group was banned.

ANED, the national association of former Italian political deportees from Nazi concentration camps, said on April 6 it would not attend the April 25 march because of the ban on the Jewish Brigade, a past parade participant. The Jewish Brigade was a group of 5,000 Jewish volunteers from pre-state Israel who served in the British army during World War II.

Liberation Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Nazi occupation of Italy.

In 2014, a group of pro-Palestinian supporters verbally attacked Jewish Brigade marchers and tried to assault them physically. This year, the Palestinian groups, Fronte Palestina, Rete Romana Palestina and Rappresentanza Palestina, are among the organizers of the parade.

The Palestinian groups are presenting Palestine as an occupied country in need of being freed, like Europe in the 1940s, and the Jewish Brigade as the occupying power Israel.

In an open letter, the Jewish Community of Rome called on parade organizers to restore the real meaning of the Liberation Day celebration. — jta