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Ex-president Katzav guilty of rape

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2010

Israel was shocked this morning as former president, Moshe Katzav was found guilty of two counts of rape, one of an obscene act, one of sexual harassment and of attempting to subvert the course of justice.

The Tel-Aviv District Court, headed by Judge George Kara, upheld the claims of three un-named women who had worked in Mr Katzav's office when he served as president and previously as tourism minister. The court's verdict was total and devastating, rejecting the defence's claims and describing the former president's version as "riddled with lies."

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Stab victim 'could not wait to make aliyah'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2010

Mystery still surrounds the circumstances of the stabbing in the Jerusalem Hills on Saturday in which an American tourist was murdered and a British immigrant to Israel wounded.

Kristine Luken, a Christian Messianic pilgrim from the United States, was walking with her friend Susan Wilson, a tour guide who made aliyah from Britain, near the Hirbet Hanut archaeological site south-west of Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, when they were accosted by "two young Arab men".

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Redbridge women's aid

October 28, 2010

Jewish Women's Aid is setting up a new support service in Redbridge for victims of domestic violence.

The service, based at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, will be available from November 1.

JWA executive director Emma Bell said: "We are keen to make vital services as accessible as possible to women who are living with the trauma of domestic abuse."

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Jail for pensioner who battered biker with walking stick

By Jessica Elgot, September 29, 2010

A pensioner who was called a "f---ing Jew" by a 6ft 3in biker has been jailed for 18 months after he retaliated by smashing him in the face with a walking stick.

Keith Degroot, 66, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, was drinking in the Duck and Drake pub in the city centre with another regular, Stephen Hall - a member of the Blue Angel chapter of the Hells Angels.

During a row, Mr Hall knocked off Mr Degroot's glasses.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Attacker shouted 'F*** the Jews' at teen with kippah

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A victim of an antisemitic assault has said attacks on young Jews are getting worse.

The 18-year-old former Hasmonean pupil, who did not want to be named, broke his knuckles and had his head slashed after defending a group of Jewish schoolboys.

The victim had been driving through Golders Green, north west London, when he saw three young teenagers from his synagogue surrounded by older youths on bicycles.

He parked his car in Hodford Road, where he was set upon by two of the youths.

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Ex-Hasmo boy jailed for child sex assaults

June 24, 2010

Former Hasmonean pupil has been jailed in the US for five years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting children.

Miles Esterson, 28, was arrested in July in Florida, along with convicted sex offender, 45-year-old Jerry Wiley.

Esterson, who worked at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree until 2008 and lived in Finchley, north west London, was found guilty earlier this month of performing sex acts on three boys under the age of 12 over the past two years.

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Boy cautioned for attack on Israeli dep ambassador

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, June 18, 2010

The Israeli Embassy has criticised the decision to caution a 16-year-old boy who attempted to attack its deputy ambassador at a university campus.

The embassy called for a stricter punishment, saying the teenager had "crossed a line" when he climbed on the bonnet of Talya Lador-Fresher's car and attempted to smash the windscreen. The deputy ambassador said she had feared she would be physically assaulted.

Ms Lador-Fresher had been speaking to members of Manchester University's Politics Society in April. Around 40 demonstrators had gathered at the venue.

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Girl attacked in night bus horror with race abuser

May 27, 2010

A 21-year-old dental nurse was violently attacked after defending her Jewish friends during an antisemitic tirade.

But one year on, police are no nearer to finding her attacker, and this week they offered an unprecedented £10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest.

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Thugs attack rabbi in Golders Green

By Leon Symons, May 6, 2010

A rabbi needed eight stitches in a head wound after a vicious assault by two bottle-wielding men in Golders Green in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rabbi Yossi Simon, a mohel, and his two sons had been loading a vehicle at the London Jewish Family Centre with equipment for a Lag b'Omer parade in Stamford Hill.

"We were approached by two men who were very drunk and started throwing bottles at me," Rabbi Simon said. "Then they started punching me in the face. It was a frightening experience.

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