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.

Fake Bernard Henri-Levy quote on French elections triggers anti-Semitic avalanche online

(JTA) – A satirical article suggesting that the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy plans to emigrate if a far-left politician is elected president triggered a slew of anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

In the fake interview published last week on the satirical website NordPresse, Levy, one of the country’s best-known celebrities, is quoted as saying, “If Melenchon is elected, I’m leaving France.” [Read more…]

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Israeli man injured, Palestinian assailant shot to death in car-ramming attack

(JTA) – An Israeli man, 60, was injured in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank that ended with the Palestinian driver being shot to death by soldiers.

The driver in the Wednesday afternoon attack rammed his car into a bus stop near the Gush Etzion junction in the Etzion Bloc, located south of Jerusalem, according to the Israel Defense Forces. He was stopped when soldiers at the scene opened fire on the vehicle. [Read more…]

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New York Times public editor raps paper for omitting Palestinian writer’s terrorist past

The New York Times building in Manhattan’s Times Square, May 2008. ( Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

The New York Times building in Manhattan’s Times Square, May 2008. ( Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The public editor of The New York Times took the newspaper to task for failing to identify Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti as a convicted murderer of Israeli Jews.

Liz Spayd responded Tuesday to criticism of the newspaper for publishing Sunday an op-ed by Barghouti identifying him only as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” Nearly a day later, an editor’s note appended to the end of the article clarified that Barghouti is serving a lengthy prison term after being convicted in an Israeli court of five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. [Read more…]

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Chabad rabbi beaten in Ukraine dies of injuries 6 months after attack

(JTA) – A Chabad rabbi who was severely beaten six months ago at a train station in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir has died.

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch was 64. He died in Israel where he was airlifted and treated following the attack days after Rosh Hashanah, which he spent in the Ukrainian town of Haditch, the  resting place of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad-Lubavitch. He was robbed of his cell phone and money and beaten at the train station, and was not discovered until hours later, suffering from multiple head injuries and brain trauma. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump to host Palestinian president next month

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 3 in Washington DC, a Palestinian official confirmed.

The visit was confirmed to the Jerusalem Post Sunday by top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani. Other Israeli media outlets cited a report in the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, which quoted senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad as saying the meeting would go ahead on May 3 and that that a Palestinian delegation will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 23 for preliminary meetings with the Trump administration. [Read more…]

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EU adopts anti-boycott stance in official commercial policy

(JTA) – In a reaction to attempts in Europe to boycott Israel, the European Union’s report on commercial competition for the first time included a rejection of such initiatives.

The reference to boycotts, which does not name Israel specifically, was introduced earlier this year into the draft of the Report on Competition Policy for 2016 by a pro-Israel European Parliament lawmaker from Italy Fulvio Martusciello, JTA learned Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Vilnius University to honour Jewish Holocaust victims – unless they fought Nazis

(JTA) – Vilnius University in Lithuania said it would award academic degrees posthumously to Jewish students who were murdered in the Holocaust – unless they were partisans.

In a statement published Wednesday on its website announcing the initiative titled Recovering Memory, the university encouraged relatives of Holocaust victims to apply for recognition through a special procedure set up this year. [Read more…]

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Rabbi Marvin Hier to be first non-citizen honoured on Israel’s Independence Day

Rabbi Marvin Hier speaking at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2015 National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 24, 2015. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Rabbi Marvin Hier speaking at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2015 National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 24, 2015. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is slated to become the first non-Israeli to light a torch during Israel’s main Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem.

Hier, who in January delivered a prayer during the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., is one of three individuals selected for the honor by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Calcalist financial supplement of the Yediot Acharonot daily reported Friday.

Culture Minister Miri Regev decided last year to include non-Israeli Jews in the Independence Day torch lighting, saying their participation would symbolize the stake that Jewish people all over the world have in the Jewish state.

This year’s theme for the ceremony is “Jerusalem: the Eternal Capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”

During his 2-minute prayer at the inauguration, Hier recited the Psalm 137 passage reading “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. The doer of all these shall never falter.”

Hier founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1977 as an organization devoted to fighting anti-Semitism, bringing Nazis to justice and promoting tolerance through the Los Angeles-based Museum of Tolerance. Longstanding plans to build another museum in Jerusalem have foundered, in part over objections that it is to be located on land that includes part of a historic Muslim cemetery.

Another honouree this year at the ceremony is said to be Amnon Shashua, a computer science professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and co-founder of the Mobileye and OrCam startups.

Yehoram Gaon, a Jerusalem-born singer and actor, reportedly is the third honouree.

The official list of torch lighters is scheduled to be published next week following its final approval by the selection committee, Calcalist reported.

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British woman in her 20s killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack; Palestinian man held

(JTA) – A British woman in her 20s studying in Israel was stabbed to death in Jerusalem, April 14, allegedly by a Palestinian.

The woman, named by Israel’s envoy to the United Kingdom as Hannah Bladon, died following the attack. She had been taken to the hospital in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds aboard the city’s light rail, Israel Radio reported. Police said she was attacked by a 57-year-old man from eastern Jerusalem’s Ras al Amud neighbourhood. [Read more…]

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