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.

Ukrainian authorities honour nationalists whose troops butchered Jews

(JTA) – Amid a divisive debate in Ukraine on state honours for nationalists viewed as responsible for anti-Semitic pogroms, the country observed the first minute of silence in memory of Symon Petliura, a 1920s statesman blamed for the murder of 50,000 Jewish compatriots.

The minute was observed on May 25, the 90th anniversary of Petliura’s assassination in Paris. National television channels interrupted their programs and broadcast the image of a burning candle for 60 seconds, Ukraine’s Federal News Agency reported. [Read more…]

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Member of European Parliament from Northern Ireland calls Israelis ‘a rash’

(JTA) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is demanding that action be taken against a member of the European Parliament from Northern Ireland, who compared Israelis to a skin disease.

“We can give you a list of all the things we attempted to do, the Israelis are all over this place like a rash,” MEP Martina Anderson from Northern Ireland said last week during a meeting at the parliament in Brussels on May 25. [Read more…]

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No school for Dutch Muslim group whose ex-boss praised ISIS and wished a tsunami on Israel

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Citing potential radicalization, the Dutch government prevented the opening of a Muslim school by a group whose former leader praised Islamic State terrorists and wished for Allah to drown Israel in a tsunami.

Education Ministry Undersecretary Sander Dekker on Monday said that the government is withholding funding and permits for SIO – a Dutch-language acronym for “association of Islamic studies” – because its board is working against giving pupils real knowledge. It was the first time that the government cited Islamist radicalization in withholding its permission for the opening of a Muslim school, the Het Parool daily reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said Monday evening at the Knesset in Jerusalem. “We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples.” [Read more…]

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British Labour Party readmits activist suspended for blaming slave trade on Jews

(JTA) – An activist who was suspended from the British Labour Party for claiming that Jews were “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” has been readmitted to its ranks.

Jackie Walker, vice-chair of Momentum, a hard-left group loyal to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended earlier this month after her comments were brought to the party’s attention by The Jewish Chronicle. She was allowed back into the party this week following an investigation, the Jewish paper reported Saturday. A Labour spokesperson said her readmittance was decided on following an investigation. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing – reportedly with a screwdriver – in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack.

The alleged assailant, a Palestinian teenager, was arrested near the scene of the attack in the centre of the city, the Times of Israel reported. The teen, identified as a 17-year-old from the West Bank, had fled and tried to hide in a residential building. The incident is being seen as having a nationalistic motive and thus is being investigated as terrorism. [Read more…]

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Vandalism at three New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

A swastika painted at Temple Ohawe Sholam in Pawtucket, R.I. (Courtesy of Marty Cooper/Jewish Alliance for Greater Rhode Island)

A swastika painted at Temple Ohawe Sholam in Pawtucket, R.I. (Courtesy of Marty Cooper/Jewish Alliance for Greater Rhode Island)

BOSTON (JTA) – Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said.

Robert Trestan said the attacks at two synagogues in the Boston area and one in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, are part of a spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the region since the start of the year. [Read more…]

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75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in Washington, New York, London and Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings in four cities.

Edwin Black, who in 2010 published “The Farhud,” about the June 1-2, 1941 massacre of at least 180 Jews in Baghdad, will convene candle lightings on Tuesday in the morning on Capitol Hill and in the afternoon at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York. [Read more…]

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Historic Jewish wedding in Turkey triggers hate speech online

(JTA) – A historic wedding in Turkey triggered a deluge of anti-Semitic speech online, a leader of the country’s Jewish community said.

Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish Community of Turkey, said Sunday that some social network users responded with hate speech to his invitation to watch a live streaming video of the first Jewish wedding in 41 years in Edirne, a city in western Turkey near its border with Greece. [Read more…]

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Ohio Israeli eatery to close following February machete attack

(JTA) – An Israeli restaurant owner in Ohio whose eatery was targeted by a knife-wielding assailant said the incident has caused him losses requiring him to declare bankruptcy.

Hany Baransi, the Christian Israeli Arab whose Nazareth Restaurant & Deli in Columbus was attacked in February, reopened shortly after the attack but has been unable to stay afloat, the Times of Israel reported Monday. The restaurant has been open for 27 years. [Read more…]

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