An umbrella organization of French Jewry, CRIF, responded with “indignance” 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, Agence France Presse reported.
According to the CRIF and corroborated by a report by the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, Professor Christophe Oberlin set the students of humane medicine the question, using the example of the deaths of 22 members of the same family in a “classic bombing” during the Gaza conflict of 2008-2009.
“To what extent does it constitute a perpetual crime (war crime, crime against humanity, genocide crime)?” it asked, according to reports.
“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.
“As it stands, this question constitutes an absolute incitement to hate Israel,” Prasquier stressed. “It has no place in medical education much less in a university and amounts to a violation of the neutrality (demanded by) professor Oberlin (in his capacity as an educator).”
“We would like to remind Mr Oberlin that he doesn’t have a right to use the university to espouse a selective agenda,” added Prasquier.
The Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) claimed the professor had “encouraged the students to adopt condemnatory positions” in posing them the question.
“In the eyes of the UEJF, Professor Oberlin abused his position of authority, in his role as exam moderator, by not allowing students to publicly express their disagreement with this misleading ideological statement,” the organization said in a statement.
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.