Crime

After eight years, stalker's victim is awarded £3,500 compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after a High Court judge ruled that the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has been repeatedly jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Serial stalker Fogel jailed for two years

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

A serial stalker has been jailed after being convicted of breaching his restraining order to approach his victim.

Elliot Fogel, 36, was found guilty last July of his third breach of a life-long order barring him from being within one mile of Claire Waxman.

The former television producer was previously jailed for four months in 2010 after breaching the order.

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Anti-Israel activist convicted of attack on Jewish man

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a protest last summer.

Carole Swords, chairman of the Tower Hamlets Respect Party and Viva Palestina supporter, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli products from potential vandalism by protesters.

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SOAS 'biter' acquitted of assault

By Jessica Elgot, January 24, 2012

A PhD student who bit a pro-Israel campaigner on the cheek at SOAS Israel Apartheid Week has been acquitted of assault.

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New Jersey synagogues in hate fire-bombing

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 19, 2012

A fire in a New Jersey synagogue is being investigated by the FBI as an attempted murder and hate crime arson.

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Jailed Jesus fights for right to kosher food

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2012

A Californian prisoner called Jesus is fighting for the right to be served kosher meals.

Margarito Jesus Garcia is serving a 15 year sentence for second degree murder.

Born a Catholic, he claims he has been practising Messianic Judaism for two years and that he should therefore be given kosher food. The prison's Jewish chaplain has dismissed his newfound faith as insincerely held.

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Barrister who stole from chambers faces jail

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2012

A leading Manchester barrister faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing £81,500 from his own chambers.

David Friesner, 46, of Bury New Road, Prestwich, admitted the charges at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicted again

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2012

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found himself facing a fourth indictment last Thursday to the three for which he is already on trial.

Mr Olmert - together with a long list of former senior officials in Jerusalem City Hall and real-estate developers - was accused in the Jerusalem District Court of involvement in the Holyland bribery case.

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Stephen Lawrence conviction to boost hate prosecutions

January 12, 2012

The legal means used to prosecute Stephen Lawrence's killers will increase convictions against antisemitic attackers, according to a chief prosecutor.

Nazir Afzal, head of the North West's Crown Prosecution Service, said those involved in group attacks on Jews now faced prosecution as part of a "joint enterprise" - "even if it was difficult for prosecutors to prove who actually committed the at

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Call to prosecute anti-Israel Proms protesters

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

A new pro-Israel lawyers group has written to the Metropolitan Police calling for the prosecution of protesters who disrupted a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in London last September.

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