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French Jewish Students Snub 'Extremist' Naftali Bennett

A left-leaning affiliate body refused to meet visiting Israeli far right wing minister Naftali Bennett, sparking criticism by the head of France’s umbrella of Jewish organizations.

Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella body, criticized the Union of Jewish Students of France, or UEJF, for allegedly refusing a request by Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to meet with UEJF representatives during his visit to France in October, the news site reported Wednesday.

UEJF, one of France’s most active and prominent Jewish groups, denied claims they had declined for political reasons to meet Bennett, who heads the rightist Jewish Home party.

“I think they were wrong,” Cukierman said of UEJF. “If they refused to meet him, they were absolutely wrong.”

UEJF president Sacha Reingewirtz told JTA that his group had not refused to meet Bennett. According to JSSnews, Bennett says he was indeed declined an opportunity to meet UEJF students. The website reported the reason cited was that UEJF found Bennett to be an extremist.

On Oct. 31, Reingewirtz wrote on Twitter: “There’s nothing humiliating about refusing to organize meetings for Naftali Bennett.”

This story "French Jewish Students Snub 'Extremist' Naftali Bennett" was written by JTA.


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