Italian Jews fight over Jewish candidate for parliament

By JTA
February 13, 2013 16:58




ROME– Italian Jews are squabbling over a Jewish candidate for the country's parliament.

Sharon Nizza, an Italian Israeli who is running in the Feb. 24-25 general elections, is a candidate for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right People of Freedom Party.

Fiamma Nirenstein, a Jewish member of the parliament, in a statement issued Tuesday accused the online news site of Italy’s umbrella Jewish organization of pandering to the left and waging a “disgusting campaign of delegitimization” against the 29-year-old Nizza.

Nizza, a Milan native who has lived in Israel since 2002, is one of several candidates seeking to represent Italian citizens who live abroad. She has worked as a political aide to Nirenstein, a journalist who was elected on Berlusconi’s ticket five years ago but is not running for reelection. Nirenstein plans to move to Israel and continue writing.

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