Moshe Dayan’s grave vandalised

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The tomb of Israeli war hero and former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan was vandalised on Monday night.

The grave of Mr Dayan, who died on October 16 1981, was covered in messages that read: "The minister of failure, in the name of the fallen".


Israeli rabbi steals torahs from his own synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

An Israeli rabbi was convicted of stealing torah scrolls from his own congregation and replacing scrolls with rolls of paper.

Rabbi Yehuda Rosilio, of the Sephardi synagogue in the small Negev town of Moshav Brosh near Be’er Sheva, was found guilty of aggravated theft; fraud; fraud under aggravated circumstances; breach of trust and an affront to religion


Wife of former Israeli President Moshe Katzav requests presidential pardon

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

The wife of former Israeli President Moshe Katzav has requested a presidential pardon on behalf of her husband, who was found guilty of rape and sexual harassment last November.

Gila Katzav personally presented the request to President Shimon Peres for approval, according to Ynet news.


Jewish man attacked in France

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

It has emerged that a Jewish man was attacked in a Paris metro station on his way home from synagogue during Rosh Hashanah.

The victim, 52, was beaten by two attackers and left unconscious on the subway floor.

French antisemitism watchdog, the BNVCA, believes that the incident was driven by hate because the victim was reading a book by the chief rabbi of Paris when the attack happened.


Rabbi’s wife attempts suicide amid bribery investigation

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

The wife of Israeli kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto attempted suicide on Sunday, as her husband was being interrogated by police in Jerusalem.

Rivka Pinto was taken to hospital after she took a prescription drug overdose at her home in Ashdod.


'Jewish Indiana Jones' sentenced to prison for fraud

By Zoe Winograd, October 12, 2012

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, known as ‘the Jewish Indiana Jones', was sentenced to 51 months in prison for fraud in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

Rabbi Youlus, father of nine from Maryland, was charged with pocketing $1.2 million from donations that had been made to his charity ‘Save the Torah’.


Jimmy Savile plaque removed by Jewish welfare service

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

A memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile was removed from the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) building on Thursday morning.

The gold leaf plaque, on the LJWB’s honorary Tree of Life, was removed this week in the wake of the child sexual abuse allegations made against the dj and tv presenter.

An executive LJWB member was unavailable for comment.


Orthodox London rabbi reportedly told to leave town by rabbi

October 12, 2012

An Orthodox rabbi in London has reportedly been told to leave town by another rabbi after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman.

Rumours of a burgeoning scandal have gathered force over the past few days with a number of calls to the JC from members of the Orthodox community who want to see it investigated by the relevant rabbinic authority.


Steward loses unfair dismissal case against British Airways

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

A Jewish air steward sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault on a colleague has lost an unfair dismissal claim against the airline.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of antisemitic abuse, following a row in a New York bar as a BA flight crew discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.


South African doctor jailed in UAE

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

The detention of an elderly doctor travelling through the United Arab Emirates has sparked anger around the world.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, was convicted in absentia by a UAE court for the alleged manslaughter of a terminally ill Yemeni girl he treated in the country in 2002.