Incoming Bank of Israel chief accused of shoplifting

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

A shoplifting allegation against incoming Bank of Israel Governor Jacob Frenkel resurfaced last week.

In an incident which was reported in the Israeli press seven years ago, Mr Frenkel allegedly stole perfume from a duty free shop in Hong Kong airport.


Tricked by conmen

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

An elderly Manchester Jewish couple have been robbed by conmen, who cut their Prestwich property’s drainpipe and stole money while pretending to repair it.

One of the conmen showed the 81-year-old husband the drainpipe spewing water at the Albert Avenue house last Friday. He then summoned two accomplices who stole £150 from a cashbox while they were supposedly turning off the water supply.


Cantor avoids jail over child porn conviction

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

A former synagogue cantor has avoided being sent to jail after he admitted making and distributing hundreds of images of child pornography.

Fashion company director Jeremy Lawson had resigned from his position at New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, west London, last year for “personal reasons”.


Defendant in rape trial is a child abuser

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

The Orthodox Jewish man accused of leading the gang rape of his teenage daughter is a convicted paedophile, who was found guilty in April of sexual offences against his two young stepdaughters.

The revelation came at Wood Green Crown Court, where the man is being tried for various sexual offences against his daughter, including rape and conspiracy to rape.


Prisoner’s suicide over kosher food

By Anna Sheinman, July 11, 2013

A convicted murderer has taken his own life in prison following a dispute with prison authorities over his demand for kosher meals that were also gluten free.

Simon Benson, 58, who was convicted of stabbing a man to death in 2003, had been on hunger strike at Maidstone Prison, and had not eaten a meal for a month before hanging himself in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


Man raped step-daughter for seven years

By Ellis Bolle, July 11, 2013

A 39-year-old Israeli man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for repeatedly raping his step-daughter over a period of seven years.

The Jerusalem District Court convicted the man of hundreds of counts of rape, sodomy, indecent assault, sex crimes and additional sex charges, Ynet reported this week.


Cleaner who stole charity cash receives fine

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2013

A cleaner who stole thousands of pounds intended for Jewish charities has been fined £60 by a court.

Alina Teodorovici, 26, pleaded guilty to stealing £6,490 from her employer’s home in Golders Green. The theft took place while her employer, a rabbi, and his wife were out visiting their sick daughter in hospital. The money had been collected as a donation to two Jewish charities.


Second ‘Prisoner X’ charged with more severe crime

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The attorney of the late ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier has revealed that the anonymous inmate being held under similar conditions to his former client is charged with a more severe crime.


Yeshivah University faces multi-million dollar suit over sex abuse allegations

By Zoe Winograd, July 9, 2013

Yeshivah University is facing a $380 million lawsuit over allegations of a cover-up of sexual misconduct.

Nineteen former students filed the lawsuit against the Manhattan university on Monday.


Abu Qatada faces trial over plot to kill Israeli tourists

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

Abu Qatada has asked to be released on bail ahead of his trial for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli tourists visiting Jordan.

The radical cleric, who was deported from London to Amman yesterday, is charged with planning assaults on Westerners, including Israelis and Americans, in 1999 and 2000.