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Jewish exam question sparks criticism


A question in a religious studies exam for teenagers about the persecution of Jews has caused some controversy amongst the Jewish community. The question read "Explain briefly why some people are prejudiced against Jews".

Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told the Today programme that the question was "incredibly badly worded" because it invites students to list things that are objectionable about Jews.

He said that he is in no doubt that the examination board had honourable motives, but the focus of the question should have been on the people who harbour those prejudices, not the victims.

AQA, the examination board responsible for the question, said that it was "absolutely not" their intention to cause offence.

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