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.

Hungary’s controversial $22 million Holocaust museum enters 3rd year of disuse

(JTA) – Hungary’s $22 million Holocaust museum, whose construction was completed in 2015, has remained unopened due to intrigue within the government and disputes between it and the Jewish community, a news site reported.

Part of the reason for the delay is the refusal of the Mazsihisz federation of Jewish communities and the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem to co-operate with the House of Fates museum in Budapest, according to an exposé published earlier this month by the news site 444. [Read more…]

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SS soldiers’ names to be removed from Dutch Holocaust monument

(JTA) – City officials from a Dutch municipality near The Hague said they would remove from its main monument for Jewish Holocaust victims the names of three SS soldiers also honoured there.

The inclusion of the German soldiers’ names was discovered through research by the local Historical Association of Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Algemeen Dagblad daily reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Amos Oz, David Grossman shortlisted for Man Booker prize

(JTA) – Two of Israel’s most renowned authors and an Argentine first-time novelist are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

David Grossman’s “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” Amos Oz’s “Judas” and Samanta Schweblin’s “Fever Dream” are on a six-book shortlist announced Thursday for the $64,000 prize, the Associated Press reported. [Read more…]

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French Jewish leader: Our country’s democracy is in ‘real danger’

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of the elections.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, sounded the alarm during an interview Friday with the RJC Jewish radio station ahead of the first round Sunday of the presidential elections. [Read more…]

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Jewish supporter of Marine Le Pen blames ‘weak’ government for Paris attack

(JTA) – A prominent Jewish supporter of the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in France blamed the current government for the death of a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack in Paris.

Michel Thooris, a police officer from southern France, was referencing the slaying Thursday evening of a policeman who was shot dead with a semi-automatic assault rifle at the Champs-Elysees shopping street. [Read more…]

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At UN debate, Arab states heed Haley’s plea to focus more on Iran

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A number of Arab states heeded the plea by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), to focus more in a Middle East debate on the threat posed by Iran than on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Haley, this month the president by rotation of the UN Security Council, convened a council session on the Middle East. [Read more…]

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