Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday described the pig heads sent to Jewish institutions over the weekend as "a miserable provocation," ANSA, an Italian wire service, reported.
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Napolitano made his remarks ahead of a ceremony to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the presidential palace.
Italian police on Friday said they were searching for the person who had pig heads delivered to Rome's main synagogue, the Israeli Embassy and a city museum hosting an exhibit on the Holocaust. The pig heads arrived in three separate boxes, all sent by a delivery service unaware of the contents.
Police have deemed the incident a hate crime, ANSA reported.
The Italian leader compared the perpetrators "to the same repulsive material used in those packages," according to the report.
He said they are nothing like the Romans who embrace their Jewish neighbors "in solidarity and in a commitment to a rigorous fight against all forms of anti-Semitism."
Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino also condemned the act last week, saying an attack on Rome's Jews is attack on the city itself.