Crime

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”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Teenagers mugged at gunpoint

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Three Jewish teenagers were recovering this week after being robbed at gunpoint shortly after Shabbat went out last weekend.

The boys, two aged 15 and one 14, were confronted by three masked men in West Hampstead, north-west London, as they walked to a friend’s house at around midnight on Saturday.

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She told the police she was abused. Her friends made her pay the price.

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

A young Orthodox woman who was sexually abused as a child has broken her silence to talk about the despair of being betrayed by her own community.

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I was betrayed by community, says sex-abused girl

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

A woman who was sexually abused by a close family friend has spoken out about her betrayal, first by her abuser and then by the Orthodox Jewish community.

Yehudis Goldsobel, now 27, from Edgware in north London was sexually assaulted by Menachem Mendel Levy from the age of 14. Three weeks ago he was jailed for three years.

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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.

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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.

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