Jilted Ayalon testifies against Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 9, 2013

Two high-profile court cases this week saw dramatic testimonies.

In the trial of ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is accused of pushing through a fraudulent appointment, his former deputy, Danny Ayalon, was a damning witness.


Seaton Jewellers attacked in armed robbery

By Anna Sheinman, May 7, 2013

A jewellers in North Finchley was attacked in an armed robbery on Tuesday morning.

Police were called to Seaton Jewellers on North Finchley’s High Road at 9.15 on Tuesday morning after the owner and a staff member were attacked by a man in a balaclava holding a knife.

It is believed that the suspect entered the shop through the rear of the premises, the Metropolitan Police said.


Stanmore couple charged with £26,000 fraud of 100-year-old uncle

By Anna Sheinman, May 3, 2013

A couple from Stanmore have been charged with defrauding their 100-year-old uncle, who lived in Brighton, of £26,000.

A statement from Sussex police said: “Janice Olaff, the victim's niece and who had power of attorney, along with her husband, Leslie Olaff, had written cheques and used debit cards over a six year period.”


Israeli stabbed to death in West Bank

By Zoe Winograd, April 30, 2013

An Israeli man was stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Tuesday morning.

Eviatar Borovsky, 30, from Yitzhar, was attacked at Tapuach Junction in the north of the West Bank.

According to sources, after Mr Borovsky was killed, the Palestinian man from Tul Karn took the Israeli’s firearm to shoot at border police.


Orthodox Jewish man guilty of sex abuse

By Anna Sheinman, April 26, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his step-daughters, aged nine and 12-years-old.

A court heard how the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, would crawl into the girls’ beds on Shabbat and touch them inappropriately. He also assaulted them while they were sitting on his lap, sometimes while their mother was in a nearby room.


Rabbi and son stabbed in Paris outside their synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, April 23, 2013

A rabbi and his son have been stabbed outside a synagogue in Paris after leaving morning prayers, sources in France have reported.

Shimon Samuels at the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris said: “At 7am this morning, an Iranian screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacked a rabbi and his son with a cutter outside his synagogue in the 9th district of Paris.”


Burglar who struck on Shabbat gets six years

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A burglar who stole precious Judaica from Jewish homes on Shabbat when he knew the owners could not use the phone to alert the police, has been jailed for six years.

James Williams, 53, committed five burglaries in Hackney, east London over two Shabbats in October last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.


Two men charged with harassment

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2013

Two Orthodox men have been charged with harassment.

Samuel Erlanger and Shlomo Feldman will appear in court next month.

They were arrested in January as part of an ongoing investigation which saw Golders Green rabbi Chaim Halpern questioned in February in connection with alleged sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.


US cemetery director looted tombstone cash

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

An American Jewish cemetery director has pleaded guilty to stealing $1 million from her institution.

Ilana Friedman, 51, had been pocketing money from bereaved families, causing losses to Staten Island’s Jewish cemetery of over $850,000 between 2005 and 2011.


Fake rabbi sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

A New York immigration lawyer who pretended to be a rabbi has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Earl Seth David, 49, known as Rabbi Avraham David, used the title of rabbi for 13 years to gain the trust of US immigrants looking to bid for naturalisation. According to sources, David pocketed up to $30,000 per case to forge false immigration papers.