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.

Netanyahu says non-Orthodox Jews used Western Wall deal to gain recognition

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel of using their partnership in the Western Wall agreement as a clandestine way to gain recognition.

Netanyahu told reporters in New York on Monday night that the Reform and Conservative movements wanted to get recognition “via the backdoor, secretly, under the pretext of a technical clause of joint administration of the Western Wall,” Army Radio reporter Ilil Shahar said in a tweet. [Read more…]

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Trump ignores Israeli-Palestinian peace in UN speech, says U.S. cannot ‘abide’ Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that the United States cannot “abide” the Iran nuclear deal as it stands but notably omitted mention of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for an eventual nuclear program,” Trump said Tuesday on the first day of this year’s General Assembly in New York. Again calling the deal “one of the worst” he had ever encountered, the president said it was “an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.” [Read more…]

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Poland’s right-wing party leader calls Israel a ‘modern-day miracle’

Jaroslaw Kaczynski at the “From The Depths Zabinski Awards” in Warsaw, Sept. 18, 2017. (Courtesy of From the Depths)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski at the “From The Depths Zabinski Awards” in Warsaw, Sept. 18, 2017. (Courtesy of From the Depths)

(JTA) – The person widely regarded as the most powerful politician in Poland called Israel a “great country” whose establishment is a “modern-day miracle.”

In a speech Monday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a founder of Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice Party, also condemned anti-Semitism and attempts to boycott the Jewish state. [Read more…]

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Chabad leaders call for reporting child abuse to secular authorities

(JTA) – Rabbinic leaders of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have signed a proclamation calling for the immediate reporting of child sexual abuse and other kinds of abuse to secular authorities.

“We recognize in light of past experiences that our communities could have responded in more responsible and sensitive ways to help victims and to hold perpetrators accountable,” reads the document released Monday.  [Read more…]

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U.S. opens first military base on Israeli soil

(JTA) – The United States opened its first official military base on Israeli soil.

The base started operating Monday following a ceremony at the end of last week to inaugurate the facility that included Israeli and American military personnel. It will operate independently from within an Israeli military base in southern Israel that houses an air defence school, according to the Israel Defense Forces.  [Read more…]

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French teens get suspended sentences for vandalizing Jewish gravestones

(JTA) – A juvenile court in northeastern France suspended the prison sentences of five teenagers who vandalized a Jewish cemetery and damaged a Holocaust memorial.

The defendants, who were 15 to 17 in February 2015 when the vandalism occurred, were sentenced last week to eight to 18 months in prison for toppling and breaking some 300 gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union, located in the Bas-Rhin region in Alsace. The cemetery is still in use.  [Read more…]

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Why U.S. campuses are becoming more Israel friendly

NEW YORK (JTA) – Anti-Israel activism on college campuses across the United States has declined, according to a new report by a campus pro-Israel organization.

The report by the Israel on Campus Coalition published Monday shows that there were nearly three times as many total pro-Israel events on campus as anti-Israel events during the past school term. [Read more…]

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