Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.


Rape plot paedophile gets 3 years

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

A former bookseller who became addicted to child pornography has been jailed for plotting to rape three children.

Gerald Ingram used the internet to make contact with a woman and arrange to have sex with her two daughters aged three and five, and a 10-year-old boy.


'I don’t have the money' says tax fraudster

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2012

A South African convicted of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs is fighting to keep out of jail as the authorities try to confiscate assets he claims he does not have.

Lawrence Goldberg, 48, has spent a year behind bars in Britain after pleading guilty last September to a tax scam of £1.1 million.


Charity theft trial postponed

By Lynda Roughley, September 7, 2012

A Merseyside couple accused of involvement with fraudulently obtained charity cash appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.

Harris Polak faces two fraud charges involving cash donated to Cancer Relief UK and Clatterbridge Cancer Research.

He is also charged with two charges of money-laundering involving the donated money, as is his wife, Reva Polak.


Anti-Israel protesters guilty of trespassing

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Two anti-Israel activists have been found guilty of trespassing at a Brighton arms factory.

In April 2011 Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell blocked the gates at the EDO MBM plant, claiming they were protesting against the firm’s production of weapons systems supplied to Israel.

The pair are members of the Smash EDO group, whose activists have repeatedly caused disruption at the factory.


West London ‘theft’ case collapses in court

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The case against a woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from one of the country’s largest synagogues has collapsed after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue it.

The former accountant of West London Synagogue, Anne Allen, had been due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.


French prosecutors to investigate Arafat death

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat.

Suha Arafat, his widow, lodged a legal complaint for murder last month, and the French public prosecutor has now ruled that an inquiry can take place.

Mr Arafat, who died aged 75 in a military hospital in France, was said by French doctors to have died of a massive stroke.


Michigan student claims staple attack was antisemitic

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

A student at Michigan State University woke up to find a staple attached to his gums after what he claimed was an antisemitic attack.

Second-year journalism student Zachary Tennen was assaulted at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning, allegedly after replying in the affirmative when asked if he was Jewish.


Aaron Biber, survivor of the Tottenham riots, helps youth

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Sitting in his barber’s chair, holding a Japanese newspaper with his photo on it, Aaron Biber reflected on the mayhem of the past 12 months.

In the year since rioters wrecked his Tottenham shop, smashing the windows and damaging the inside, as well as stealing his kettle and hairdryer, Mr Biber has become something of a local celebrity.


Israel praised for campaign against human trafficking

By Mark Robins, July 9, 2012

According to a new report by the US State Department, Israel is at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking.

In its "The Trafficking in Persons" Report released late last month, the State Department upgraded Israel from a "Tier Two" to a "Tier One" status, which places Israel in a group of 32 states around the world that the US regards as actively fighting human trafficking.