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June 16, 2012 11:00 am

Paris School Under Fire After Asking if IDF Strikes are Genocide

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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz with members of the Golani Brigade. The brigade's reconnaissance was heavily involved in Operation Cast Lead. Photo: wiki commons.

A French umbrella Jewish organization, CRIF, is outraged after an exam from the Bichat Hospital Faculty of Medicine at Paris’s Diderot University included a question on whether IDF strikes in Gaza can be classified as genocide.

In reference to the deaths of 22 family members in a bombing during Operation Cast Lead, Diderot’s Professor Christophe Oberlin reportedly formulated a question asking the following: “To what extent does it constitute a perpetual crime (war crime, crime against humanity, genocide crime)?”

CRIF called the inclusion of the question a blatant anti-Israel move. “It has no place in medical education, much less in a university, and amounts to a violation of the neutrality (demanded of) professor Oberlin,” said Richard Prasquier, president of CRIF.

Diderot university officials were concerned because the question was included in a non-compulsory medical exam. Bichat’s Dean Benoit Schlemmer expressed his regret for the question.

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