Parents deny acid attack girls were disrespectful during Muslim festival

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

The parents of acid attack victims Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee have denied the girls were targeted because they were inappropriately dressed during a Muslim festival.
The two 18-year-olds, both from north-west London, were attacked in Zanzibar, east Africa, as the local population was observing Ramadan.


Shul sues its former accountant

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

West London Synagogue has sued its former accountant, Anne Allen, in the High Court in an attempt to recover damages of more than £500,000, a year after charges of theft against her were dropped.

Mrs Allen was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in 2012 but the Crown Prosecution Service withdraw the charges only days before the case was due to heard.


Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.


Assault on top cop — appeal fails

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

A pro-Israel demonstrator has lost an appeal against his conviction for assault on an off-duty police chief.

The incident occurred during Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to address a meeting in Hendon, north-west London, in May 2012.


Leviev £88m jewellery heist is 'the biggest ever'

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2013

Around £88 million worth of diamonds and jewels owned by an Israeli billionaire has been stolen from a Cannes exhibition in the most expensive heist in history.

The masked gunman held up the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in broad daylight on Sunday while he filled a briefcase with items belonging to Russian-born Lev Leviev.


Hate attack on Chasidic schoolboys

By Anna Sheinman, July 26, 2013

Stones were thrown at Chasidic schoolboys and a window smashed in an antisemitic attack on their coach while on a trip to the seaside.

Kent Online reported that on Tuesday that the boys, aged between 10 and 14 from London, were attacked by seven teenage boys and girls who threw stones at their coach and shouted “go back to where you came from”.


Senior rabbi says age of consent in 'arbitrary'

By Anna Sheinman, July 25, 2013

The senior rabbi who counselled abuse victim Yehudis Goldsobel and then gave character evidence for her abuser in court has stood by his claim that the “age of legal consent is somewhat arbitrary” because “whether a girl is 15 or 16 does not mitigate the religious misdemeanour” or determine “whether the relationship was exploitative.”


Horror rape claims were ‘conspiracy’

By Anna Sheinman, July 25, 2013

A father accused of leading the gang rape of his teenage daughter and using a snake and a gerbil during the attack has been found not guilty on all charges.


Father not guilty of raping daughter

By Anna Sheinman, July 24, 2013

A father accused of leading the gang rape of his daughter along with a family friend has been found not guilty on all charges.


New concern over whether Israelis could be arrested in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

The circumstances surrounding the visit of one of Israel’s most senior military chiefs to Britain have raised renewed fears over the issue of universal jurisdiction.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s trip to London earlier this month was given “special mission” status by Middle East Minister Alistair Burt in a move aimed at deflecting opposition from anti-Israel groups.