A high-ranking European Commission official has put her support behind a move to create a European Union task force on anti-Semitism.
In a statement published in the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, Federica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the E.U. for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced her support and indicated that she had sent a proposal to Frans Timmerman, the European Commissioner whose portfolio includes human rights and non-discrimination.
Also among the promoters of the task force is Emanuele Fiano, a Jewish center-left lawmaker in charge of national security issues who is a past president of the Jewish Community of Milan and former director of the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy. His father, the writer Nedo Fiano, is a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp and at 89 still speaks about his experiences.