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Rabbinical student attacked in Boca

Police in Boca Raton are investigating a verbal and physical attack on a rabbinical student as a possible hate crime.

The assailant, who was riding a mountain bike, shouted “Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right,” at a 19-year-old man who reportedly is studying at the Boca Raton Chabad center, in the late morning on Nov. 21. When the student yelled back, the assailant rode over to him, repeated his statements and pushed and punched the victim before riding off.

The victim told the local television station WPTV Channel 5 that the incident left him shaken up. “I’m doing better,” he said. “It was just a little bit nerve-wracking having someone scream at me these things.”

Student under fire for confronting pro-Palestinian demonstrators

A Jewish student at the University of Michigan is under fire for confronting pro-Palestinian student demonstrators. Representatives from Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, or SAFE – a campus group that aims to promote justice for Palestinians – have called for the removal of sophomore Jesse Arm from serving as a representative on the Central Student Government (CSG).

Arm reportedly appeared before the student government’s ethics committee on Monday, Nov. 30.His conduct also was discussed at a CSG meeting, the Michigan Daily student newspaper reported.

At a SAFE demonstration on Nov. 19, the group displayed a wall representing the security fence between Israel and the West Bank. Arm was filmed confronting and criticizing the demonstrators, according to the Daily.

The demonstration came as news that American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz was killed in a West Bank terror attack, which university junior Matt Fidel told the student government should be taken into consideration when discussing Arm’s actions.

Arm and Schwartz were from the same community and had many friends in common, the College Fix reported.

“I can tell you from first-hand experience this was a very emotional day in the Jewish community,” Fidel said, according to the Michigan Daily, adding that Arm was not disrespectful but firm in his convictions.

Knesset advances equal parenting bill

JERUSALEM – A bill that would allow both parents of newborns to equally share the responsibilities of new parenthood has passed a first reading in the Israeli Knesset. The Egalitarian Parenting Bill, which will allow fathers to be more active in caring for their newborns, was approved in a preliminary reading. The bill, proposed by Rachel Azaria of the Kulanu party, moves to the Labor and Social Welfare Committee for revisions before returning to the Knesset floor for second and third readings.

The measure replaces the term “maternity leave” with “childbirth and parenthood time,” and changes “nursing hour,” which allowed new mothers to leave work an hour early for four months after the end of maternity leave, to “parenting hour,” which would allow the father to leave work an hour early – to pick up the child from day care, for example.

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