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Judge: Harvard’s past discrimination against Jews not relevant to new claims

Documents showing how Harvard University discriminated against Jews in the past are not relevant to a trial alleging unfair admission standards for Asian Americans, a federal judge ruled.

“It is not clear how prior instances of discrimination against Jewish applicants in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s is relevant to the invidious discrimination claims in this case, which allege that Harvard is presently discriminating against Asian-American applicants,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, alleges that Harvard held Asian-American undergraduate applicants to higher standards than others. The group had requested Harvard present records showing how its policies had discriminated against Jews.

In the first half of the 20th century, some American universities restricted the number of Jewish students they would admit. Abbott Lawrence Lowell, who served as president of Harvard from 1909 to 1933, pushed various initiatives to limit the number of Jewish and minority students.

Israeli passengers bristle at Air Serbia flight headed for 'Palestine'

JERUSALEM – Several Israeli passengers refused to board an Air Serbia flight from Belgrade to Tel Aviv after it was announced the plane was headed to “Palestine.”

Only when the flight crew at Serbia’s Nikola Tesla International Airport in Belgrade corrected the announcement would the passengers board the Aug. 29 night flight, Ynet reported. The Air Serbia representative then explained to the passengers that “the flight is to Tel Aviv, not to Israel,” according to Ynet.

One Israeli passenger told the ground crew that he would not board the flight until they announced three times that it was landing in Israel, or Tel Aviv. The Tel Aviv announcement was indeed announced three times, and the airline manager at the desk apologized, according to the report.

Air Serbia’s CEO reportedly expressed shock at the incident and called it completely unacceptable. An investigation later found it was an airport employee, not an airline employee, who made the announcement.

Netanyahu: Palestinian territories without Jews is ‘ethnic cleansing’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on Facebook saying that calls for a Palestinian state without Jews amount to “ethnic cleansing.”

“The Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: No Jews,” Netanyahu says in the video. “There’s a phrase for that: It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is outrageous. It’s even more outrageous that the world doesn’t find this outrageous.”

Netanyahu’s charge was made to answer critics of Israel’s presence in the West Bank, that the Jewish settlements there are an “obstacle to peace.”

Netanyahu also noted that the Jewish state includes Arab citizens. “No one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel — that they’re an obstacle to peace,” he says.

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