Jews living in France have expressed outrage at the inclusion of a question in a medical university exam which asked students whether Israeli strikes on Gaza could be classified as genocide, reported Israel National News on Monday.
French Jewry called Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) protested against the inclusion of an “anti-Israeli” question in an exam by Bichat Hospital Faculty of Medicine at Paris’s Diderot University.
The question was set by Professor Christophe Oberlin who cited the example of the deaths of 22 members of the same family in a “classic bombing” during the Gaza conflict of 2008-2009.
The question in the exam asked: “To what extent does it constitute a perpetual crime (war crime, crime against humanity, genocide crime)?”
“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 president of CRIF, Richard Prasquier.
“As it stands, this question constitutes an absolute incitement to hate Israel.
“We would like to remind Mr. Oberlin that he doesn’t have a right to use the university to espouse a selective agenda.” Prasquier added.
The Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) claimed the professor had “encouraged the students to adopt condemnatory positions” by giving the question.
Diderot University’s dean expressed his regret at the inclusion of the question and said it was included in a non-compulsory medical exam.