Italian caricature called anti-Semitic


A caricature of a Jewish candidate for the Italian parliament has drawn fire as anti-Semitic.

The cartoon in the left-wing daily Il Manifesto portrays Fiamma Nirenstein as a monster-like “Fiamma Frankenstein,” wearing a campaign button, a Star of David and a fascist insignia.

Nirenstein, a journalist, is a candidate of the center-right People of Freedom party in next month’s elections.

The Anti-Defamation League called the cartoon “indisputably anti-Semitic” and called on Il Manifesto’s editors to apologize.

Co-editor Gabriele Polo rejected the criticism, saying the cartoon was legitimate satire. Another party candidate recently sparked controversy by declaring himself a lifelong fascist.

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