Beppe Grillo, an Italian comic-turned-politician, refused to apologize for his parody of a Primo Levi poem about the Holocaust to criticize Italy’s government and political system.
Italian-Jewish leader Renzo Gattegna called the parody on Grillo’s blog an “obscenity.”
Grillo, who heads the anti-establishment Five Stars movement, paraphrased “If This Is a Man,” which served as the introduction to Levi’s memoir about his experiences in Auschwitz.
The parody, called “If This Is a Country,” lambasted the Italian media, President Giorgio Napolitano, the Italian government and disgraced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi…
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Grillo may be “anti-establishment,” but he is a Khomeini-admiring anti-Semite married to an Iranian woman. If this is all Italy can come up with as an opposition to the established parties, the place is going Islamic for sure.
There are anti-immigrant parties in Italy, but I believe they are restricted to the north.