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