Crime

Board of Deputies man accused of raping refugees

By Dan Goldberg, December 13, 2012

A prominent Jewish lawyer and refugee advocate will face court in Sydney next month on multiple charges of sexually assaulting four men.

David Bitel, 60, a former member of the executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, was arrested last week and charged with seven offences, including rape and indecent assault on four of his male clients.

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Cuts could cause police to set up services in synagogues

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

If you are the victim of crime, you might one day have to go to your synagogue to report it.

The Metropolitan Police, forced to make cuts, is proposing to close public counters in many stations and set up reporting desks elsewhere, which could include community centres and places of worship.

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Pentonville prisoners lead exhibition on life of Anne Frank

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Prisoners guided fellow inmates and staff of Pentonville prison around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank last week, as part of a project that aims to challenge prejudice and racial hatred.

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Chasidic counsellor guilty of sexual abuse of young girl

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

A Satmar counsellor has been found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl in a case that has caused outrage in his Brooklyn community.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, was found guilty on Monday of a three-year-long abuse of a girl, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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Congress members visit businessman jailed in Bolivia

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

The American businessman jailed in Bolivia without charge was visited by two members of the US Congress last week.

Congress members Chris Smith and Nydia Velazquez sought to secure the release of grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who has been in jail for 18 months and denies all allegations against him.

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Police roadshow for stolen property

By Anna Sheinman, December 7, 2012

Do you recognise these stolen goods?

These items and many others have been recovered by police and are thought to have been taken from properties in the NW2, NW11 and NW4 areas between January 2011 and July 2012.

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Australian teacher faces child abuse charges

By JC Reporter, December 6, 2012

A former teacher at an Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne has been extradited from America to face child sex abuse charges.

David Kramer, 52, was surrendered by US authorities late last week, arrested and charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecent acts with a child under the age of 16.

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Brooklyn counsellor ‘forced sex acts on girl’

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

A prominent figure on the modesty committee of Brooklyn’s Chasidic Satmar community is standing trial accused of 88 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl, which included forcing her to watch and re-enact pornography.

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Beth Din trying Rabbi Chaim Halpern is ‘planning a whitewash’

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

After weeks of silence, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has announced that it will convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against one of its rabbis of inappropriate behaviour with women.

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Alleged rape victim of Brooklyn counsellor had to ‘re-enact pornography’

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The alleged teenage rape victim of a Satmar Chasidic community leader in Brooklyn, New York, testified on Friday that she was forced to watch pornography and then re-enact the sex acts, the New York Daily News has reported.

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