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.

Israeli police question Conservative rabbi for performing a marriage

Rabbi Dov Dubi Haiyun (The Schechter Institutes)

Rabbi Dov Dubi Haiyun (The Schechter Institutes)

(JTA) – A Conservative rabbi in Israel was awakened by police early Thursday morning and taken in for questioning over performing an illegal marriage ceremony.

Rabbi Dov Dubi Haiyun, who lives in Haifa, was taken to a local police station by two officers at 5:30 a.m. for questioning after the Haifa Rabbinical Court filed a complaint against him for conducting a marriage ceremony of a couple in violation of state and religious law. One member of the couple is Jewish, but was born out of an extramarital affair, making her a mamzer, or bastard, and unable to marry according to Jewish law. [Read more…]

Comment

Mark Zuckerberg clarifies remarks on not deleting Holocaust denial posts from Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, Calif., May 1, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, Calif., May 1, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Mark Zuckerberg clarified remarks he made in an interview published online in which he said that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from Facebook.

The remarks by Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, in an interview with tech journalist Kara Swisher published on the Recode website, were widely covered by journalists and debated on social media. [Read more…]

Comment

Man accused of beating Paris Jew while praising Allah sent for psychiatric review

(JTA) – For the third time this year, French police sent for psychiatric evaluation a man who displayed violent behaviour toward Jews.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday in Paris’ 20th district, where a young Arab man hit a 69-year-old Jewish man wearing a kippah, pushed him to the ground and dragged him by his hair while shouting: “Alla hu akbar, long live Hitler, death to the Jews,” the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, wrote in a statement Wednesday. The call in Arabic means “Allah is the greatest.” [Read more…]

Comment

Peace Now says 99.7% of West Bank land grants go to settlers

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Peace Now, citing government figures obtained through a freedom of information request, reported that 99.7 per cent of allocations of state land in Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank have been granted to Jewish settlers.

More than 347,000 acres, or 40 per cent, of Area C, the part of the West Bank under Israeli military and civil control, has been declared state lands since 1967. Of that, 167,000 acres have been set aside for public use, which includes the construction of settlements. Only 400 of those acres, or 0.24 per cent, have been earmarked for the use of Palestinians, The New York Times reported. [Read more…]

Comment

Vandals deface Jewish Australian lawmaker’s office with anti-Israel slogans

(JTA) – Vandals defaced the headquarters of a Jewish-Australian lawmaker with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans.

The glass doors of Michael Danby’s storefront headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday evening were plastered with stickers accusing the pro-Israel member of parliament of being “silent on apartheid” and “the mass murder of unarmed men, women [and] infants.” The group Justice for Palestine Brisbane posted a photo of the stickers along with the comment “now Federal Labor MP Michael Danby’s office gets plastered!” [Read more…]

Comment

British prime minister, Jewish groups condemn Jeremy Corbyn after Labour Party rejects anti-Semitism definition

Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour event in Stretford, England, March 22, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn has referred to terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends.” (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The leadership of the British Labour Party rejected the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s working definition of anti-Semitism, leading to harsh condemnations from Jewish organizations and politicians across the political spectrum.

The IHRA definition has been accepted by governments across the world and is widely endorsed. [Read more…]

Comment