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Jew Elected to Italy’s Parliament

One of Rome’s leading Jewish citizens was elected to Parliament in the general elections last week.

Enrico Modigliani, a 54-year-old businessman, ran on the Republican Party ticket, one of the smaller Italian political parties and the only one that has been consistently supportive of Israel.

He has been active in Jewish affairs since his youth and is a committed Zionist, of which he made no secret in his election campaign. A former Zionist youth leader, Modigliani is now a senior member of the Rome Jewish community and the Federation of Italian Jewish Communities.

He was one of the founders of Rome’s Jewish newspaper, Shalom. “Everyone, I think, is aware of my Jewish commitment,” he said in a pre-election interview.

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