Rome Nixes Naming Street After Journalist Fallaci, Citing Past Statements on Islam

Veteran journalist who died in 2006 had said that the world's Muslims want to conquer the world.

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A file photo of Italian veteran journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci taken in Los Angeles on April 4, 1977. Credit: AP
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A motion to name a street in Rome after veteran journalist Oriana Fallaci was rejected on Tuesday, after local raised concerned over statements she had made in the past regarding Muslims.


Both the Democratic Party (PD) and the Left Ecology Freedom (Sel) opposed naming a street after Fallaci, who had written in the past that "the Muslim world is attempting to conquer the West in the name of Islam."


In the same way, the motion explained, "ISIS has already declared its will to conquer Rome in the name of Islam."


However, local politicians objected, describing Fallaci's writings as containing "religious hatred."


The motion, proposed by New Centre-Right (Ncd) Counselor Marco Pomarici, will be filed again it is revised and avoids "equating Islam with extremists."
Gianni Alemanno, member of the right-wing Brothers of Italy (Fdl), claimed that "Once again, the left wing demonstrates the inability to understand the danger of Islamic fundamentalism."


Veteran journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci passed away in 2006. She became known for challenging interviews and her books were published around the world. During her journalistic career she interviewed world leaders such as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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