My sleepless nights over terror threat

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

The defection of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson is unconvincing and does not remove the threat posed by the group’s supporters, Anglo-Jewry’s most senior security expert has warned.

Richard Benson, who left his role as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last month, said Mr Robinson was “a street thug” who was yet to prove himself a reformed character.


Police review case against Hatzola drivers who used blue lights

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2013

Police are reviewing whether to pursue charges against two drivers for using blue lights while working for the Hatzola Jewish ambulance service, after a similar case failed two weeks ago.


Hatzola drivers cleared of illegal siren use

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 3, 2013

A judge has cleared two ambulance drivers working for the Jewish emergency service Hatzola of illegally using blue lights and sirens.

Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, of north Manchester, were charged with driving their own vehicles fitted with a siren without permission.The two men were attending a traffic accident in Prestwich last year.


Succot worshippers evacuated after IDF soldier shot dead

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2013

An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron, according to the IDF.

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was on patrol at a West Bank checkpoint in the city when he was hit in the neck by a bullet. The soldier was immediately rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where he died of his wounds.


Father and two children in Tel Aviv death fall

By Anna Sheinman, September 18, 2013

A father and his two children in Tel Aviv have been found dead after falling from an 11 storey building.

Local police suspect that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, which involved the 52-year-old man throwing the children, aged three and five to their deaths before jumping himself.


Forget striped jerseys, it’s kippot for crooks now

By Anna Sheinman, September 17, 2013

Three men are still at large more than a month after carrying out a violent robbery of two jewellery shops in South Wales. The trio were all wearing kippot.

The men are believed to be from Eastern Europe — possibly Lithuania. They were caught on CCTV as they were robbing the Clock Shop in Porthcawl near Swansea on July 31.


New Year robberies in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2013

It was an unhappy New Year for a number of Salford families who were victims of nocturnal burglars.


Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.


Manchester reports child abuse increase

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity is dealing with a “dramatic rise” in child abuse cases.

The Fed has revealed that the number of youngsters it deals with who require child protection measures and local authority intervention has doubled to 40.


Paedophile gets community service sentence

By Anna Sheinman, September 3, 2013

A paedophile who was convicted of sexually assaulting his young step-daughters has walked from court with just a community sentence.

The 45-year-old Orthodox Jewish man from north-west London, who cannot be identified, was given 150 hours of unpaid work as well as supervision to address his attitude towards women despite the judge saying he caused “incalculable harm” to his victims.