Crime

Reform shul allows mixed faith burials

By Simon Rocker, February 1, 2013

One of the Reform movement’s largest synagogues, Alyth in north London, is to give mixed-faith couples the chance to be buried next to each other in a Jewish cemetery.

Non-Jewish spouses of Jewish members of the synagogue will be able to be buried in a special section of the new woodland cemetery at Cheshunt.

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Beth Din for Chaim Halpern due to convene

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2013

A man from Hackney was arrested last Thursday over allegations of harassing one of the rabbis who has opposed Golders Green rabbi, Chaim Halpern.

Barnet police said that the 28-year-old has been bailed to return to a north London police station in March.

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Crime rises (and police station closes)

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

North Manchester police have warned of an upsurge in burglaries and car thefts from Jewish residents — and announced the closure of a local police station.

In the past week in Prestwich, two televisions were stolen from a house, a handbag was taken from a flat and an attempt made to steal a car.

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Murder most foul: death of a Jewish officer that moved Queen Victoria

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2013

A plaque is to be unveiled in Brighton in memory of the UK’s first Jewish chief constable — 170 years after he was murdered with an iron poker in his office.

When Henry Solomon died in 1844, thousands of mourners lined the streets, while Queen Victoria donated the sum of £50 to support his widow and nine children and the Brighton Town Commissioners gave £500.

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Manchester jeweller brings down Colombian organised crime gang

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 17, 2013

A Jewish jeweller who helped police catch an organised crime gang responsible for a £220,000 diamond heist has helped police again, this time to net a member of a violent Colombian international crime ring.

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Bodyguard sues Bieber for ‘assault’

By Zoe Winograd, January 14, 2013

Pop singer Justin Bieber is being sued by his former Israeli bodyguard.

Moshe Benabou, who worked for the 18-year-old from March 2011 until October 2012, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, in addition to $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

According to reports, Mr Benabou claims that the singer berated and punched him on the chest multiple times.

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Conduct of Rabbi Chaim Halpern affair is ‘a farce’

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

Doubts have been cast on the credibility of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation’s latest attempt to deal with allegations of sex abuse against one of its senior rabbis.

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Pro-Palestinian lawyer will defend Anglican vicar Reverend Sizer

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An Anglican vicar facing a Church of England disciplinary process has sought the help of a lawyer who has a history of defending anti-Israel activists and is a long-standing supporter of pro-Palestinian groups.

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Persecute, prosecute, pursue: strategy that became a model

By Nathan Jeffay, January 10, 2013

In the late 1990s, Israelis began to hear about the major problem of sex trafficking.

The problem continued for years and as recently as 2005 there were an estimated 3,000 women trafficked in to Israel for sex.

An active effort to tackle the problem reduced the flow and by 2008, most observers agree, there were hardly any women entering Israel by land for the sex trade.

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How Israel leads world in sex trade fight

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Britain is being urged to look to Israel for lessons in how to combat human trafficking and rehabilitate victims.

Labour MP Frank Field and former Conservative MP Anthony Steen are among those praising Israel for making trafficking “a priority issue”, prosecuting perpetrators to such an extent that shelters that were once full of trafficked Eastern European women are now empty of them.

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