Established in 1937 as “a force for constructive communal consciousness,” the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin communicates the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies, and, as the city’s only Jewish newspaper, aims to inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.

Argentine graduates’ Nazi salutes provokes brawl with Jewish pupils

(JTA) – Students attending a German-language school in Argentina were accused of offending Jewish counterparts at a resort while wearing fake Hitler mustaches and performing Nazi salutes.

The incident, which escalated into a brawl, occurred Wednesday at a night club at Bariloche, 800 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, according to Argentina’s National Institute Against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia. No one suffered serious injury during the confrontation. [Read more…]

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French court overturns burkini ban

(JTA) – A little over one week after at least 30 French municipalities imposed regulations that banned wearing full-body swimsuits favoured by some Muslim women, the country’s highest administrative court overturned the bans, calling them unconstitutional.

The French Council of State passed its ruling Friday, following a polarizing debate about the burkini swimsuit in a divided France, which is struggling to balance freedom of worship with its attachment to other liberal values – including the fight against radical Islam and the oppression of women. [Read more…]

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UN says employee accused of helping Hamas has diplomatic immunity

(JTA) – The United Nations (UN) “demanded” the release of an employee being held by Israel on suspicion of working for Hamas, saying its employees have diplomatic immunity.

In a letter issued this week seeking the release of Waheed Abd Allah Bossh. The UN legal department also said UN officials should be allowed to meet with Bossh, 38, an engineer in the world body’s Development Program (UNDP). [Read more…]

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Ehud Olmert requests early prison release

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Former Israeli prime Minister Ehud Olmert officially submitted a request for early release from prison, where he is serving a 19-month sentence on a corruption conviction.

An attorney for Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to serve jail time, submitted the request on Wednesday. A hearing on the request to shorten his sentence by six months was scheduled for Dec. 25. [Read more…]

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Hasidic Jew charged in beating of gay black man opts to have judge try his case

NEW YORK (JTA) – A Hasidic Jew charged in the brutal beating of a gay black man opted to have a judge try his case rather than a jury trial.

Mayer Herskovic, one of five Hasidic men indicted in the December 2013 beating that left the victim blind in one eye, will have his case heard by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, the New York Post reported Thursday. Herskovic opted for the bench trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday, just before the jury selection process began. [Read more…]

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