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.

Belgian Jewish leader asks lawmakers not to ‘repeat Nazis’ acts’ in ritual slaughter ban

(JTA) – Amid discussions on limiting ritual slaughter of animals in Belgium, a leader of the country’s Jewish community pleaded with lawmakers not to “repeat the Nazis’ acts.”

The statement Thursday by Philippe Markiewicz, president of the Consistoire organization of Belgian Jewry that is responsible for providing religious services, was unusual because Jewish community officials rarely draw comparisons between present-day issues and the Nazi occupation, which remains a sensitive subject in Belgium. [Read more…]


Israeli military officials: U.S. gave 2-hour warning before striking Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The United States gave Israel two hours warning before it fired on a Syrian airbase from which a chemical attack had been launched on Syrian civilians the day before, according to Israeli military officials.

Senior Israeli military officials also told reporters at a briefing Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, despite agreeing to eliminate his country’s stocks of chemical weapons in 2013, The Associated Press reported. [Read more…]


Holocaust denial leaflets strewn at 2 Australian universities

(JTA) – Leaflets denying the Holocaust were placed on car windshields on two university campuses in Melbourne, Australia.

The leaflets began appearing in recent days at Monash University and the University of Melbourne at the same time of the opening in the city of “Denial,” a movie that portrays the court battle between Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving. [Read more…]


Brazilian Jews to teach about Holocaust at school that flew swastikas

(JTA) – A Brazilian Jewish federation will provide educational support to a private school in the country’s northeast where a classroom was decorated with Nazi flags during a lesson on totalitarian regimes.

Students and history teachers from Santa Emilia School in Recife will visit the Kahal Zur Israel temple, the first synagogue established in the Americas, in 1637, to learn about Judaism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the school and the Jewish federation announced in a joint statement on Monday. . [Read more…]


Orthodox families won’t identify circumcisers who gave babies herpes, NYC health spokesman says

NEW YORK (JTA) – The New York City Health Department said it cannot complete an investigation into who infected four infants with herpes through an Orthodox circumcision rite because the boys’ families will not identify the mohels.

“Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant to sharing the name of the mohels,” Health Department spokesman Christopher Miller told DNAinfo New York on Tuesday. “This is a very insular community.” [Read more…]


Parents of soldiers killed in 2014 Gaza war rip Netanyahu at hearing

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The parents of soldiers killed in Israel’s 2014 Gaza War verbally attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during a Knesset hearing, with one throwing a cup of water at a lawmaker.

At the Knesset State Control Committee hearing Wednesday on the state comptroller’s report on the war, the mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin, a soldier whose remains are still held by Hamas in Gaza, told Netanyahu that he has turned the bereaved families seeking the return of their children’s remains into “enemies of the people.” [Read more…]


Israel’s Supreme Court rules some Tel Aviv businesses, supermarkets can operate on Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that some businesses and supermarkets may remain open on Shabbat.

The decision issued Wednesday dealt with the operation of businesses in entertainment complexes including the Tel Aviv and Jaffa harbours along with the old train station, as well as the opening of supermarkets in some parts of the city. [Read more…]


Palestinian sisters crossing into Israel for cancer treatment caught smuggling explosives

(JTA) – Two Palestinian sisters attempting to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip so that one could receive cancer treatment were caught smuggling explosives.

The explosives, used in the production of homemade bombs, were hidden in tubes carried by the women labeled “medical materials,” the Shin Bet security service said in a statement issued Wednesday evening, hours after the women were stopped at the Erez Crossing. [Read more…]


Trump wants ‘conflict-ending settlement’ between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking “a conflict-ending settlement” for Israelis and Palestinians, his spokesman said ahead of Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement Wednesday by Sean Spicer, who was confirming the May 3 visit, is an indication that Trump is determined to extract a deal from the sides. [Read more…]