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Paolo Gentiloni's message

to conference "The Righteous of our time"

Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni

Following we publish the message Foreign Minister Mr. Paolo Gentiloni sent us on the occasion of the meeting The Righteous of our time, against fanaticism, for dialogue and hospitality, held by Gariwo on 25 May at the European Parliament in Brussels in cooperation with the S&D group.

In his message, Minister Gentiloni refers to the birth of the Garden of the Righteous in Tunis, planned for next 15 July in the premises of the Italian Embassy.

Good evening,

I’m glad to send you this message on the occasion of the conference “The Righteous of our time against fanaticism, for the dialogue and hospitality” promoted by S&D group and Gariwo Onlus. I’d like to thank the Vice President of the European Parliament and the President of S&D group, Gianni Pittella and the President of Gariwo, Gabriele Nissim, for this chance of debate and reflection in the European Parliament of Bruxelles.

As you may know, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will soon host a Garden of the Righteous within the Italian Embassy in Tunis. We chose Tunisia because it is a symbolic and crucial country in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia will be the first of Arab countries to have this special Garden.

It is indeed right and proper to nurture the “memory of the good” and to remember those who, putting to risk their own safety and life, rescued the persecuted of our recent past. Equally, the model of the Righteous charges us with great responsibility and calls us to perform Good in our days.

Today hundreds of thousands people escape from war and poverty towards Europe. But what they see as a land of hope, of shelter and chance for a better life, too often appears as land of barbed wires and political manipulations. The most important migration flow from the Second World War brings us face to face with one of the greatest challenges of contemporary Europe, a determining challenge not only for the survival of who is seeking help but even for the destiny of the European Union itself and for the future of what used to be our best social democratic culture.

As politicians not only we do have the obligation to address the migration phenomenon but also to strongly support who, from the Middle East to our cities, everyday fights for a peaceful coexistence among citizens of different confessions and cultures. The Righteous, from the past as from today, push us and inspire us to pursue this objective.

Paolo Gentiloni
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

27 May 2016

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Gariwo at the European Parliament

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The value of individuals and personal responsibility

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The concept of Righteous, born from the elaboration of the Yad Vashem Memorial to remember the non-Jews who rescued the Jews, becomes the patrimony of all humanity.
The term "Righteous" is no longer confined to the Holocaust only; it becomes a point of reference for those who remember the genocide and totalitarianism in all their efforts to defend human dignity.

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