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.


Guilty — now go on holiday

By Anna Sheinman, April 11, 2013

A man who racially abused an elderly Jewish couple and a young Jewish man has had part of his punishment postponed so he can go on holiday.

Daniel Swain, 20, of Mowbray Road, Edgware, was found guilty of two charges of racially aggravated intentional harassment of Jewish victims.


Police appeal over slapping incident in park

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 9, 2013

Police are seeking a 40-year-old Chasidic-looking man who allegedly slapped a four-year-old boy in the face over an argument in a park playground.


Man who called Jews ‘scum’ back in jail

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

A Welsh man who was jailed for encouraging racial hatred is back in prison after being given a 12 month sentence for harassment.

Trevor Hannington, who was associated with the far-right Aryan Strike Force, was jailed for two years under the Terrorism Act in 2010.

The neo-Nazi had described Jews as “scum” that should be “destroyed”.


Breakfast with the big beasts: Odelia Karmon's life in the political jungle

By Jenni Frazer and Anshel Pfeffer, April 5, 2013

For the past seven years she has been known as “O from the Transport Ministry,” though her true identity was an open secret in the Israeli media and political establishment.


Detained medic in United Arab Emirates ‘not guilty’ of manslaughter

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August was found not guilty of manslaughter by an Abu Dhabi judge last Thursday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is now waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach. The verdict coincidentally came on South Africa’s human rights day — March 21.


Police investigate allegations of sex abuse at Carmel College

By Zoe Winograd, March 28, 2013

Thames Valley police have confirmed that they are conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Carmel College, the now closed Jewish public school.

Former Carmel students have claimed that they were sexually abused while they were at the school.