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Saturday university exams in French universities discriminate against Jewish students

Hundreds of France’s Jewish students are finding themselves in an impossible situation. In a country where tests are frequently scheduled for Saturdays and administrators are wary of making accommodations for religion, students are often forced to either violate their commitment to Shabbat observance or fail exams. This challenge is not new, but Sacha Ghozlan, president of the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (Union of Jewish Students...

British court says anti-BDS push went too far

Britain’s High Court has ruled that the government acted unlawfully in barring local municipal pension funds from engaging in “ethical divestment” from companies that do business in Israel. BDS activists are hailing the ruling as a victory for their cause, even though a judge said politics had nothing to do with the ruling. Hugh Lanning, chair of the Palestine...

Far-right Polish priest banned from UK for second time this year

A Polish Catholic priest with a history of antisemitic and Islamophobic statements has been prevented from entering the UK. Jacek Międlar was among three Polish nationals stopped by border authorities on Saturday morning. They were due to speak at a rally held in Birmingham by far-right group Britain First. The group’s deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, told IBTimes UK: “They have not committed...

Simone Veil, French feminist, politician, Holocaust survivor, dies at 89

Simone Veil, a well-respected French politician and Holocaust survivor, has died. Veil, a former minister of health who in 2012 was awarded France’s highest honour, passed away this week at her home in Paris, her family told the media in France on Friday. The scholar, former judge and feminist activist was 89. A lawyer by education, Veil served as...

German president: Social media to blame for growing antisemitism

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday. Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups. "Social media often propagates the spread of hate...

Thieves exhume Holocaust victims from Crimean killing trench

Police in Russia-annexed Crimea are investigating the desecration of a mass grave of Holocaust victims near the city of Simferopol. The investigation opened on Tuesday following the unauthorised exhumations performed last week at the site of a firing trench where Nazis and their collaborators killed hundreds of Jews, the Russian TASS news agency reported. Russia occupied and annexed...