Several pigs' heads were mailed in boxes last week to Jewish institutions in Rome -- including the city's main synagogue and the Israeli embassy -- the Jewish Press website reports today (January 26, 2014).
Police intercepted the package that was mailed to the embassy in the prestigious Parioli neighborhood of Rome, after similar "gifts" had been received by the synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Rome.
"Those who insult the Jewish community offend Rome," said Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino in a tweet. "We reject the intimidation outright."
According to the the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Rome has seen an unprecedented level of antisemitic intimidation, in anticipation of International Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, which is the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Allies.