It is my great honor to give the Dove of Peace award to Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano. I couldn’t wait with this one. When I read that a European nation took such real and decisive action against anti-Semitism I knew this was something special. I commend the Italian government as a whole since it may have been one Minister enforcing policy, but he’s the man who took the action so he’s the one I’m giving the credit. The expulsion was as a result of the following comment by Raoudi Aldelbar in reference to the Jewish people: “Oh Allah, count them one by one and kill them all.”
Minister Alfano said the following:
“Uttering anti-Semitic sermons that explicitly incite violence and sectarian hatred is unacceptable. May my decision in this case be a warning to all those who think you can preach hatred in Italy.”
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FOR BEING A POLITICIAN THAT BACKED UP HIS GOOD WORDS WITH ACTIONS, SOMETHING WE DON’T OFTEN SEE, MINISTER ALFANO GETS A HOLLANDS HEROES THANK YOU AND A DOPA!
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Whenever possible, Holland’s Heroes attempts to take current events and link it to the story in Jew Face. Sometimes it is an obvious connection, sometimes it is a stretch requiring imagination, and occasionally it is a connection that in its insignificance is mildly entertaining and sometimes even funny or ironic. This particular post falls into that last category.
Over the next 5 days the champion for Euro 2012 International Football(soccer) tournament will be crowned. The semifinal matches are as follows. Today, Spain against Portugal. Tomorrow, Germany against Italy.
The book Jew Face is the story of my parents Nardus and Sipora Groen, primarily surrounding the events taking place between 1940-1945. My mother’s maiden name was Rodrigues-Lopes. A Dutch Jew from Spanish-Portuguese descent, my mother spent 5 years either hiding or running from the Nazi killing machine with the help of my father Nardus Groen. This book chronicles the events that took place as they lived through the time when Germany occupied Holland. One of Germany’s allies during World War II; Italy.
I think the irony is obvious. The not so obvious question, seeing as these countries are very different countries today is, who would I like to see win this thing. I will keep that answer to myself. At least for today.