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An­tisemitism ‘jus­ti­fied’

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.

Swiss warn­ing

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”.

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