March 6, 2014
“We learned with great concern of the statements recorded by the press said by the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, on the occasion of his visit to Albania: “Italy supports the candidacy of Albania for entry into Europe as this would also prevent a drift from European values in every sense including the possible contamination of the ‘Islamic virus.'” The accusation came from Davide Piccardo, coordinator of Caim (Coordination of Islamic Associations of Milan), in a statement.
“We hope” Piccardo continues “that the President of the Republic has been misinterpreted and in this case we ask that he immediately deny this. If true, this would be an unacceptable statement, which constitutes an extremely serious offense to the sensitivity of our community, especially by invoking the term virus which brings us back to tragic events in European history, therefore, we consider it necessary and urgent that the president respond, to preserve the integrity of the Presidency of the Republic. ”
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A Letter from the Islamic Community to Napolitano (the Newly re-elected President). Italian piazzas have become spaces of heated tensions where popular discontent is most visible. Today, on behalf of the Italian Islamic community Sharif Lorenzini, Vice President of the Islamic Community in Puglia wrote a letter to Giorgio Napolitano, the newly re-elected president. Lorenzini has become the face of resistance against Muslim hostility including leading the charge against those who call for Muslims to leave Italy. Lorenzini called for Napolitano to eliminate all forms of social tensions. If the tensions are not addressed, Muslims will protest in Piazzas across Italy according to Lorenzini.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has said that Italian immigrants are a new source of strength for the country. Napolitano made the remarks while receiving a group of immigrants who recently acquired Italian citizenship. “This influx of new energy coming from every part of the world that has established itself here is a factor of freshness and strength for the Italian nation,” he said. Napolitano has also said that he would like to see ‘old prejudices’ against immigrants disappear.
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According to Yahya Pallavicini, vice-president of the Italian Islamic religious community, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano is right to inaugurate the Turin book fair, which is celebrating Israel’s right to exit. “I express my complete solidarity with Italy’s president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano, on behalf of COREIS, and also with the Turin book fair’s director, Ernesto Ferrero,” said Pallavicini. The book fair was planned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state, as guests participated in Italy’s most prestigious book fair. However, Tariq Ramadan criticized the move, saying that it politicized the event, instead of maintaining a strictly cultural celebration.
Italy’s first ever national institute for the promotion of the health of the country’s immigrants was opened on January 8th. It’s an initiative that has value and significance. Said Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano, who spoke at the institute’s inauguration in Rome. According to Napolitano, any policy concerning immigration must include integration and fighting poverty. Besides helping the immigration and poor population in Italy with issues of health, the institute will also be involved in research into the promotion of health, implementation of professional healthcare programs, and health education. The new institute will work with the World Health Organization on research and treatment of diseases affecting those in poverty in developing countries.