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.

Scuffle erupts at rally against CUNY’s hosting of BDS promoter Linda Sarsour

(JTA) – A scuffle broke out between supporters and critics of the City University of New York’s plan to host Linda Sarsour, an activist opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump and a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The incident occurred Thursday night outside the CUNY building in Manhattan, where activists against radical Islam, including Pamela Geller and Milo Yiannopoulos, had rallied in protest of the decision by the institution’s School of Public Health to host Sarsour on Friday as a commencement speaker, the New York Daily News reported. [Read more…]

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Liberman says Israel tweaked intel sharing after Trump revelations to Russians

(JTA) – Israel’s defense minister said Israel made changes to how it shares intelligence with the United States in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s revelation of highly classified information to Russian officials.

Avigdor Liberman told Army Radio on Wednesday that the change would not affect the close intelligence-sharing relationship between Israel and the United States. [Read more…]

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Appeals court upholds HIAS suit against Trump travel ban

(JTA) – HIAS hailed a U.S. federal appellate court’s decision upholding its appeal against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting,” the lead Jewish group advocating for immigrants rights said in a statement Thursday after the decision by the Richmond, VA.–Fourth Circuit Court. “The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch.” [Read more…]

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Hecklers shout ‘Heil Hitler!’ during South African Jewish school’s Holocaust play

(JTA) – Teenage hecklers interrupted a South African Jewish school’s performance of a play about the Holocaust with chants of “Heil Hitler!” and other anti-Semitic taunts.

Middle-school children from the King David Victory Park School were performing “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” on May 18 as part of a one-act play festival at Waterstone College, a private K-12 school in Johannesburg. While they were performing the story of a Jewish boy who perished in a concentration camp, teenagers in the audience from another high school began to taunt them. [Read more…]

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Mother of slain yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz says Palestinians must stop paying my son’s killer

(JTA) – The mother of American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, who was shot to death by a Palestinian assailant in the West Bank, told a United Nations forum that his murderer should not be rewarded.

Ruth Schwartz said Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays a monthly stipend to Mohammed Abed Odeh Harub, who was sentenced by an Israeli court to four life sentences for the November 2015 attack. [Read more…]

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Facebook lenient on blocking Holocaust denial, leaked documents show

(JTA) – Facebook requires its content moderators to take down Holocaust denial material in only four countries, including Israel, even though it is illegal in 14, according to a company handbook provided to the network’s moderators.

The British daily newspaper The Guardian published information from leaked documents from Facebook on Wednesday, including from the moderators’ handbook. [Read more…]

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Sheldon Adelson questioned by police in Netanyahu corruption investigation

Sheldon Adelson with wife Miriam at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, Feb. 24, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Sheldon Adelson with wife Miriam at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, Feb. 24, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(JTA) – American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson was questioned in Israel in a corruption investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Adelson was questioned on Thursday at the headquarters of the Lahav 433 serious crime investigative unit in Lod. His wife, Miriam, also was expected to be questioned.

The couple came to Israel earlier this week in conjunction with U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit, and remained. They had been in touch with investigators prior to arriving in Israel and reportedly had agreed to testify in the investigation into the so-called Case 2000 after being assured that they were not suspected of wrongdoing.

Adelson, a casino magnate, is the owner of the pro-Netanyahu daily newspaper Israel Hayom, which is distributed for free. Part of the case includes accusations that Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the daily Yediot Acharanot, discussed a deal in which Netanyahu would receive favourable coverage in Yediot in exchange for legislation that would cut into the circulation of Adelson’s paper.

In recordings obtained by police of Netanyahu and Mozes discussing such a deal, they referred to Adelson as the “gingy,” or redhead. Investigators reportedly were expected to ask if Adelson was aware of the deal.

Sheldon Adelson, a major donor to Republican candidates, endorsed Trump when it was clear the reality TV star and real estate magnate would be the party’s nominee. He subsequently donated tens of millions of dollars to the Trump election campaign, and later gave a record $5 million to fund inauguration celebrations.

Miriam Adelson reportedly deals with the couple’s Israeli affairs, including the newspaper. The couple is considered to be close friends of the Netanyahus.

Netanyahu also is being investigated in a so-called Case 1000, where he is accused of accepting expensive gifts from wealthy businessmen and supporters.

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Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on Florida park

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic and satanic graffiti was spray-painted throughout a park in central Florida.

The graffiti at the part in Wedgefield, Florida, was discovered by parents on Wednesday morning.

Orange County officials said that park employees on Wednesday worked to clean and cover up the graffiti, under a local policy to remove defacement of public property within 24 hours, local ABC affiliate WFTV 9 reported.

Among the epithets in the graffiti was “Gas the Jews.”

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