Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs apologized for the comments of Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara after he linked the earthquake in Italy to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee resolution ignoring Judaism's deep ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Italy's parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would criminalize the spreading of Holocaust-denial propaganda as well as any statements that deny genocide or crimes against humanity. Those prosecuted could face two to six years in prison.

No matter how you look at it, this is bad. If Iran demanded it, then it is clear Iran is intolerant and refuses to accept other cultures. If Italy covered up the "offending" artwork on its own initiative, then it shows it is attempting to appease the Iranians.