Vattimo has been accused of anti-semitism. Renzo Gattegna , the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities accused him of antisemitism , writing "words of hatred that don't add anything new and are accompanied by the squalid reproposal of anti-Semitic stereotypes".   Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy's first female rabbi, accused Vattimo of antisemitism. Reacting to his statements and to others like it, the foreign ministers for Italy, France and Germany said that they condemn anti-Semitic slurs as well as violence that has occurred at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe.  Pronounced in a moment of indignation against the prolonged bombing of Gaza by the Israeli army, Vattimo apologized to an Israeli newspaper ( Haaretz ). "In a telephone interview [...], Gianni Vattimo said he “regrets” such words and “feels ashamed” by them"  , claiming he was "provoked" by the hosts of the show on which he made his comments  .