Fiamma Nirenstein is a journalist and author. On April 2008's national elections, she was elected Member of the Italian Parliament and she served as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies for the entire XVI legislature (ending on March 2013). Nirenstein funded and chaired the Parliamentary Committee for the Inquiry on Antisemitism. During her parliamentary activity, she has been working intensively at a great number of laws, resolutions, interrogations in the field of human rights and international controversies.
In June 2011, Nirenstein was included in the Jerusalem Post list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world, headed by Marc Zuckerberg.
Nirenstein is a leading columnist for the Italian daily â€śIl Giornaleâ€ť. Until her election in 2008, she was correspondent from Israel for â€śIl Giornaleâ€ť and â€śPanoramaâ€ť weekly, and from 1991 to 2006, for â€śLa Stampaâ€ť daily. She is the author of ten books in Italian (and two in English), the latest being â€śA Gerusalemmeâ€ť, (Rizzoli, 2012). In Italy, Nirenstein has introduced and prefaced Bernard Lewis, Nathan Sharansky and Ruthie Blum. She has been granted over twenty awards for her literary and journalistic activity.
On June 29, 2011, Nirenstein has been unanimously elected new chairperson of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), an organization that brings together Jewish legislators, parliamentarians and government ministers from around the world.
In 2011, she established a Center on Foreign Policy called SUMMIT â€“ for the dialogue between Europe and Middle East, human rights and democracy. She is also a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affair, member of the Advisory Board of Ngo-Monitor, as well as board member of European Friends of Israel (EFI). She is also one of the six members of the steering committee of the Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), and among the founder members of the Friends of Israel Initiative, established on 2010 by President JosĂ© Maria Aznar. On December 16, 2009, Nirenstein, together with the other members of the ICCA steering committee, has been awarded by the Israeli Knesset for her commitment in the fight against Antisemitism. On April 2011, she was awarded in New York by CAMERA, together with JosĂ© Maria Aznar and John Bolton, for her activity as â€śFriend of Israelâ€ť.
In '93 and '94, she directed the Cultural Institute of the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Born in Florence, where she completed her university studies in Modern History, Nirenstein is an expert of the Middle East conflict, terrorism, anti-Semitism, and her activities deals with the great changes that are taking place within the Middle East democratization process. She became a specialist in these fields after having travelled all over the world as a specialist in foreign affairs. She has started her carrier in 1977, and has been a columnist and a correspondent for all the major magazines (Panorama; l'Espresso; Epoca). Nirenstein contributed to the New York Sun, to Commentary Magazine and has written for Moment Magazine. Her writing are collected in four American anthologies, her work as a journalist is at length quoted in "Bias" by Bernard Goldberg (Regency Publishing, 2002, pp. 200-206) as an example of good journalism in explaining the terrorist phenomenon. The Wall Street Journal one day after 9-11 quoted at length her article on Commentary Magazine to explain the disaster.
Fiamma Nirenstein has produced many documentaries for the Italian TV, the last by the title of "Settlers", about the disengagement seen through the lives of the people involved in it. She is daily interviewed by the Italian TV and radio and on 2006 she conceived and conducted a program on foreign affairs, "Ore diciotto/Mondo", on channel RAI 2. She is weekly interviewed on Radio Radicale, for a program named "Mediorientale". Her experience of journalism includes an enormous group on interviewed leaders, from Rajiv Ghandi to Deng Tziao Ping, from the protagonists of the anticommunist revolution of the eighties to all the most important figures of the Israeli and Palestinian worlds, from Arafat to Sharon. She has opened in Italy a harsh discussion about antisemitism, anti-Zionism and the left. She has been official speaker in a variety of conferences on antisemitism, among them, the world forum of OCSE in Berlin about antisemitism, the Boston Conference on "antisemitism, the press and Europe" (2004), "Multiculturalism, the left and antisemitism" during the 2006 international symposium of the Vidal Sassoon Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The pivotal focus and underlying idea that runs through all Fiamma Nirenstein's work is the fight against totalitarianism and terrorism as connected to antisemitism and hate for Israel.
Since 2007 she has a popular website/blog, including an English session as well: www.fiammanirenstein.com
â€˘ â€śA Gerusalemmeâ€ť, Rizzoli, March 2012
â€˘ "Israele siamo noi", Rizzoli, May 2007
â€˘ "La sabbia di Gaza", Rubettino editore, May 2006
â€˘ "Gli antisemiti progressisti", Rizzoli, 2004
â€˘ "Islam, la guerra e la speranza (Intervista a Bernard Lewis)", Rizzoli, 2003
â€˘ "L'abbandono, come l'Occidente ha tradito gli ebrei", Rizzoli, 2002
â€˘ "Un solo Dio, tre veritĂ ", (scritto con Giorgio Montefoschi), Mondadori, 2001
â€˘ "Come le cinque dita di una mano â€“ una famiglia di ebrei da Firenze a Gerusalemme", (written with her family), Rizzoli, 1998
â€˘ "Israele: una pace in guerra", Il Mulino, 1996
â€˘ "Il razzista democratico", Mondadori , 1990
Books in English:
â€˘ "Israel is us - a personal odyssey to a journalist's understanding of the Middle East", JCPA ed., 2009
â€˘ "Terror, the new anti-Semitism and the war against the West", Smith and Kraus, Hannover, USA 2005
Among her Awards:
1. Award on International Politics granted by Magna Carta Foundation, 2013
2. Gold Menorah, granted by Bnei Berith France, Opera Theatre, Nice, December 2012
3. CittĂ di Sarzana XV journalistic Award "Eugenio Motale fuori di casa", 28 July 2012
4. "Emet Award", by CAMERA - the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, April 2011, New York
5. Award by the Israeli Knesset for the her commitment in the fight against antisemitism, December 2009, Jerusalem
6. Premio Ernest Hemingway per il giornalismo, 2008
7. XIII Premio Internazionale di saggistica â€śSalvatore Valitutiâ€ť, 2006
8. Premio Ischia Internazionale di Giornalismo â€“ Premio Giornalista dellâ€™Anno per la Carta Stampata, 2006
9. Premio Firenze Donna, 2006
10. Spilla dâ€™Oro Wizo â€“ â€śSocia a Vitaâ€ť, 2003
11. Diplome de Livre dâ€™Or, Keren Kayemet le-Israel, 2003
12. Premio Informazione Corretta, 2004
13. Premio Irina Alberti â€“ per il libro â€śLâ€™Abbandonoâ€ť, 2002
14. Premio Fregene 24Â° ed. â€“ Riconoscimento per il Giornalismo con il libro â€śLâ€™Abbandonoâ€ť, 2002
15. Premio Ornella Geraldini, â€śDonne per il Giornalismoâ€ť â€“ Premio alla Carriera, 2002
16. Premio Letterario Casentino â€“ Premio dâ€™Onore al Giornalismo, 2002
17. XXXVI Premio Iglesias â€“ Saggistica, 2002
18. Premio Capalbio â€“ Politica Internazionale, 2002
19. Premio giornalistico Ilaria Alpi, prima edizione, 1997
20. Premio Giornalistico Europa â€“ Giornalista del Mese, La Stampa, Novembre 1995