Crime

Rabbi Chaim Halpern conducting a wedding a ‘serious error’, says United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2013

The United Synagogue has strongly criticised the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations for allowing Rabbi Chaim Halpern, who is under police investigation over alleged sexual abuse of women, to officiate at a wedding.

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Orthodox child-rape case back in court

By Anna Sheinman, May 23, 2013

The retrial of a Chasidic man charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, opened this week, after an earlier jury failed to return a verdict.

Father of five Menachem Mendel Levy, 41, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the young woman when she was aged between 14 and 21.

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Temple Fortune jewellery burglary suspect charged

By Anna Sheinman, May 23, 2013

Police have arrested and charged a 19-year-old man following Thursday’s burglary of a jewellery shop in Temple Fortune, north London.

D & M Cohen was raided by what community security group Shomrim called a “smash and grab motorcycle gang”.

Owner Robert Cohen confirmed that the thieves had broken into the shop by smashing in its front door.

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Man convicted for sexual assault

By Dan Goldberg, May 23, 2013

An Australian man who sexually assaulted an elderly Holocaust survivor in 1991 has been jailed for between three and five years. Robert Webb, 39, was arrested and charged in 2011, but has only now been convicted by a Sydney court. He could be released within a year given the time he has already served.

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Baby-death case doctor speaks of prison ordeal

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

A doctor imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates on a manslaughter charge has spoken of his joy and relief at being home.

Professor Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old paediatric oncologist from Cape Town, said it was “fantastic” to be free after a nine-month ordeal in which he had witnessed the effects of beatings and despaired of ever being released.

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Temple Fortune jeweller raided by smash and grab gang

By Anna Sheinman, May 23, 2013

A jewellery shop in Temple Fortune, north London was burgled on Thursday morning .

D & M Cohen was raided by what community security group Shomrim called a “smash and grab motorcycle gang”.

Owner Robert Cohen confirmed that the thieves had broken into the shop by smashing in its front door

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Silverware stolen from Edgware home

By Anna Sheinman, May 23, 2013

Images of some of the £20,000 worth of irreplacable Judaica stolen from a home in Edgware.

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Two men deny harassment charges

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2013

Two Orthodox men have appeared in court to deny harassment charges.

Samuel Erlanger, 38, and Shlomo Feldman, 29, were charged by police last month during an ongoing investigation which saw Golders Green rabbi Chaim Halpern questioned in connection with alleged sexual assault and perverting the course of justice

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Israel plans to restrict gun ownership

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

The Israeli Public Security Ministry has announced new regulations to limit the number of guns in the country.

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Israel bank raider and victims identified

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2013

Israeli police have identified the man responsible for the bank raid shootings that led to the death of four civilians in Be'er Sheva on Monday.

Itamar Alon, a reservist captain for the Israeli Defence Force, took a number of hostages during the attack at the Hapoalim Bank on Jabotinsky Street.

Alon, 40, had been refused an overdraft loan by the bank for around £1,000 (NIS 6,000).

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