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.

Terrorist attacks doubled in Jerusalem in September, Israel says

(JTA) – Terrorist attacks in Jerusalem doubled last month compared to August.

Whereas the number of attacks perpetrated against Israelis in the West Bank remained almost unchanged – 78 incidents last month compared to 78 in August – the number of attacks in Jerusalem rose by 100 per cent, from 13 attacks in August to 26 incidents in September, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, wrote in their monthly report for September, published this week. [Read more…]


French Republican candidate: Clinton’s ‘submission to Zionists’ a danger for Europe

(JTA) – French Jews demanded the country’s Republican party take disciplinary action against a primaries candidate who said Hillary Clinton endangers Europe because she is controlled by Zionists.

The president of CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, made the demand in a statement Thursday about Jean Fréderic Poisson, a National Assembly member whose Christian Democratic Party is a right-wing outlier of The Republicans centre-right coalition in the 2017 presidential election. [Read more…]


Arab-Israeli couple charged with joining ISIS in Syria, Iraq

(JTA) – Israel arrested an Arab couple who returned to the country after allegedly joining the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

Wissam and Sabarin Zabidat of the northern Arab town of Sakhnin were indicted Thursday in Haifa District Court for leaving Israel for an enemy country and joining a terrorist group, according to a statement by Israel’s Shin Bet security service. [Read more…]


Over 250 female rabbis sign letter slamming Donald Trump ‘hate speech’

(JTA) – More than 250 female rabbis from around the world signed a letter condemning what they called “hate speech” on the part of Donald Trump.

“He has denigrated people by race, by nationality, by their gender and by their most intimate, personal challenges,” the message reads. “His callous descriptions of uninvited physical contact and even sexual assault offend our understanding of appropriate relationships between human beings.” [Read more…]


Jewish leaders lambaste Italian government for abstaining on UNESCO vote

ROME (JTA) – Italian Jewish leaders slammed the controversial UNESCO resolution that makes no mention of Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and sharply criticized the Italian government for having abstained on the vote.

In a statement widely publicized by the Italian media, Noemi Di Segni, the president of the umbrella Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, called Italy’s abstention in the Oct. 13 vote “very serious.” She said Italy, along with other countries that had abstained or voted for the resolution, bore “heavy responsibility” for “one of the most serious and at the same time most grotesque pages in the history of the United Nations.” [Read more…]


University of Toronto defaced with swastikas

TORONTO (JTA) – Swastikas were found at seven sites on and near the campus of Canada’s largest university in what appears to be two separate anti-Semitic incidents.

The first three swastikas near the University of Toronto’s downtown campus were discovered late last month. Just before Yom Kippur last week, two more were discovered on a mural. Two days later, another was found on a nearby sidewalk outside the anthropology building. [Read more…]