Crime

Police investigate suspected arson attack at Manchester kosher restaurant

By Josh Jackman, May 10, 2016

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack on a Jewish-owned restaurant.

CCTV footage shows the kosher Ta'am Restaurant being doused with a liquid by two men before bursting into flames on Friday night.

The restaurant had been due to open in the new location, close to its premises at the heart of the Jewish community in Prestwich, Manchester, yesterday.

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Easyjet rejects claim it removed passengers from flight because they were Jewish

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

EasyJet has denied claims that it used armed police to segregate and remove passengers from a flight because they were Jewish.

It is understood that a passenger on a flight from Barcelona to Paris refused to sit down and fasten his seatbelt when the plane was on the runway before take-off.

The plane returned to the terminal, where all 180 passengers were removed.

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Two-year conditional discharge for businessman who spat at his nephew

By JC Reporter, April 22, 2016

A businessman who spat at his nephew during a dispute over a family restaurant has been given a conditional discharge by a London court.

Mickel Levy, 71, admitted assault by spitting at Zion Levy outside the Fiore Corner bistro in Leicester Square.

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Three men warned by police over antisemitic abuse aimed at strictly Orthodox family

By Josh Jackman, April 22, 2016

Three men accused of hurling antisemitic abuse at a strictly Orthodox family while throwing eggs at their car have been given cautions by the police.

The men allegedly shouted “F***ing Jews” and “Kill the Jews” at the 28-year-old Jewish man who was driving with his partner and child when the attack occurred in Blackwall Tunnel, east London, earlier this month.

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Concerned public raises £1,000 for boy whose Barmitzvah present bike was stolen

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2016

A child whose Barmitzvah present of a bicycle was stolen from under him will be able to replace it, after the public raised £1,000 for him in under a day.

Chezky Worch, 13, had his new bike taken from him in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, on Monday, despite putting up a brave struggle against the two thieves.

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Knife attacker convicted of murdering teenage girl at Jerusalem gay pride parade

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

A man has been convicted of murdering a teenage girl at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade.

Yishai Schlissel stabbed teenager Shira Banki in a homophobic attack at the event last July. She died from her injuries three days later.

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In Iran, a Purim prank can land you in prison

By Josh Jackman, March 18, 2016

Two Jewish teenagers have been arrested after spray-painting “Death to Haman” on a building in Tehran ahead of Purim.

Police have not yet released the 17-year-old boys, despite being told it was a prank.

Shushan, where the Story of Esther took place, is traditionally understood to have been located where the city of Hamadan currently lies around 170 miles to the west of Tehran.

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Number of Jewish women seeking support from domestic abuse charity up by 50 per cent

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of women using its services over the past four months.

Jewish Women’s Aid, which supports women and their children affected by domestic abuse, said the number of people dependent on the charity has risen from 40 to 60 since November.

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Police no longer seeking arrest of two Jewish grandparents who missed court appearance

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Police have cancelled an arrest warrant issued for two grandparents who failed to attend court after allegedly sending their daughter an offensive letter made with cut-out magazine letters.

It is understood that Hedy Freedman, 71, and Steven Freedman, 76, from Crosby in Merseyside, are now expected to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on April 13.

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Outrage over possible release of rapist Katsav

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

The possibility that former Israeli president Moshe Katsav, who was convicted on multiple rape charges, could be released from jail early has sparked anger from politicians and women's rights organisations.

Mr Katsav, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence, is up for parole in two weeks as the two-thirds mark of his sentence approaches.

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