Sunday, March 31, 2013

News and links, week 13

  • As the first university in Europe, Ghent University has formally recognized a student club devoted to BDSM. The club's official status makes it eligible for subsidies and allows it to organize activities on campus. It's probably not worth mentioning that these activities will not actually include any BDSM practices. (HLN)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

News and links: week 10

  • The Brussels commune of Molenbeek has cancelled a debate on Zionism following complaints regarding the use of an anti-Semitic charicature to promote the event. The cartoon, depicting an Israeli soldier posing as an ultra-Orthodox Jew and tipping the scales of justice toward a single white man, was created by the anti-Semitic French artist Zeon. (
  • The Daily Mail's Travel section has a wonderful article on Ghent. (

This cartoon by the French artist Zeon was used to promote a (now cancelled) debate on Zionism in Brussels.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

News and links, week 9

  • The Jewish National Fund has planted over 240 million trees in Israel. Last week, the JNF dedicated a grove on the slopes of Mount Hebron to the memory of the 22 children and 6 adults - among them 22 Belgian nationals - who were killed in the Sierre bus crash last year. (EJP via
Yatir Forest, a planted forest on the slopes of Mount Hebron in Israel.