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  • Quebec party that wanted to ban kippahs loses in elections

    April 8, 2014 | 8:55 am

    The separatist Parti Quebecois government, which campaigned on a divisive charter that roiled the Quebec Jewish community, was beaten soundly in provincial elections.

    In Monday’s vote, the Liberal Party won 70 seats in the legislature and will form the next government. The Parti...

  • Quebec introduces plan to ban government employees’ religious symbols

    September 12, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Quebec’s government introduced its much-discussed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols worn by government employees.

    The plan proposed by the secessionist, secular-minded Parti Quebecois would prohibit public and para-public...

  • Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

    September 10, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The Canadian province of Quebec will not allow public servants to wear Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols under a new charter unveiled on Tuesday that is designed to cement a secular society.

    The pro-independence government of the...

  • Leaked Quebec plan would ban kippot on public workers

    August 29, 2013 | 11:44 am

    A plan by Quebec’s government to ban “religious symbols,” including yarmulkes or kippot, among public sector workers has elicited worry from religious minorities in the Canadian province.

    The bill would seek to ban public employees from wearing large Christian crosses or...

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  • Quebec official: Rosh Hashanah election date not discriminatory

    June 11, 2013 | 9:39 am

    A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews.

    “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and...

  • Quebec promoter nixes performances by anti-Semitic comic Dieudonne

    May 14, 2012 | 10:46 am

    A series of performances in Montreal by the French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose act has included anti-Semitic references, has been canceled.

    Quebec’s largest concert promoter pulled the plug on the four shows scheduled for this week by Dieudonne, whose routine has...

  • Jewish group rips Canadian party’s questioning of ritual slaughter

    March 19, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs accused a Quebec legislator of raising “a false issue” when he questioned ritual slaughter practices in the province.

    Parti Quebecois lawmaker Andre Simard on March 14 expressed his party’s concern that halal meat, which is derived from...

  • Quebec parents challenge ban on day care religious instruction

    June 3, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Jewish and Catholic parents in Quebec have gone to court to challenge a government ban on religious instruction in government-subsidized day care programs.

    In a legal challenge filed Tuesday, the parents say that the province’s policy violates their rights to freedom of religion...

  • Quebec grocery store removes, puts back Star of David

    April 7, 2011 | 10:09 am

    A grocery store in southwestern Quebec returned a Star of David over a display of Passover products after removing it following a customer’s complaint.

    The Metro grocery store in Westmount was ordered Sunday by the chain’s head office to remove the Star of David over the Passover...

  • Quebec Orthodox Jews fight bill banning Muslim veils

    October 21, 2010 | 11:53 am

    Quebec’s Orthodox Jewish community is fighting a bill that would ban women from wearing a Muslim face veil when receiving government services.

    Quebec’s proposed legislation would ban the wearing of the Islamic face veil—the niqab and burka—in those situations.

    Appearing Wednesday...

  • More Jewish teens attacked in Paris, Adelson gives $30 million to Birthright

    September 11, 2008 | 1:26 am

    Jewish Teens Beaten in Paris Attack

    Three Jewish teenagers were attacked in the same Paris district where another Jewish teen was beaten severely in June.

    The victims, who were wearing kippot, were temporarily hospitalized for minor injuries on Saturday in what some officials are...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ramon Memorial Service Held

    A state memorial service for Israel's first astronaut was held at an air force base near Ben-Gurion Airport. A plane carrying Col. Ilan Ramon's remains from the United States landed Monday and was taken to the base for the ceremony. Israeli President...