NEWS in brief
A NOBEL Prize-winning geneticist has claimed that “some antisemitism is justified”. Esquire magazine quoted James Watson, honoured in 1962 for his work on DNA, as asking: “Should you be allowed to make an antisemitic remark?” The 78-yearold New Yorker continued: “Yes, because some antisemitism is justified. Just like some anti-Irish feeling is justified. If you can’t be criticised, that’s very dangerous.”
Anti-Zionist shunned by Austrian community
A MEMBER of a radical antiZionist sect who attended last month’s Tehran Holocaust conference has been shunned by the Jewish community of Vienna. American-born Rabbi Moishe Arye Friedman of Neturei Karta will be ostracised following a ruling by the board of the Jewish community of Vienna, which recently released a statement accusing him of “trying to pose as the ‘chief rabbi’ of a non-existent ‘anti-Zionist Jewish community’ in Charedi garb”. The body also alleged he had been witnessed “desecrating” the sabbath while campaigning against Zionism.
Red Cross admits Israel
THE RED crystal, an emblem to go alongside the red cross and the red crescent, came into force on Sunday as part of the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. The decision to adopt the red crystal was taken in June last year and, as a consequence, Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service was admitted to the Red Cross Movement.
ANTISEMITISM has doubled in Switzerland, with 73 incidents recorded last year. The Federation of Jewish Communities, which represents the country’s 20,000 Jews, described the rise as “disturbing”.