Brooklyn counsellor accused of sexual assault on a minor

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A strictly-Orthodox Brooklyn counsellor is standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court charged with 88 counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, has been accused of forcing a girl of only 12 to perform oral sex on him when she was sent to him for counselling for being rebellious.


Multiple sex offence trial rocks Australia

By Dan Goldberg, November 23, 2012

Another major Jewish organisation in Australia is embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, adding to the trauma triggered by recent revelations of similar cases involving students at a Chabad and Adass Israel school.

The name of the organisation, the defendant and the alleged victims cannot be revealed due to a court suppression order.


New police chief backs Gaza protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 23, 2012

Greater Manchester’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, a long- standing pro-Palestinian campaigner, has said people “ought to draw very strong conclusions” about the Israeli Palestinian conflict and protest on the streets of Manchester.


Rabbi stands down in the face of allegations

By Simon Rocker, November 23, 2012

A leading member of London’s strictly Orthodox rabbinate this week resigned as a dayan after being confronted over allegations of inappropriate conduct with a number of women.


‘Petplan’ thief is jailed

November 22, 2012

A man who stole £250,000 worth of jewellery and other items from wealthy businesswoman and Jewish charity donor, Patsy Bloom, has been sentenced to eight years in prison at Blackfriars Crown Court.


Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.


Burglar used Hebrew code to break into Jewish school

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

A man has been found guilty of 15 separate burglaries of a Jewish primary school in Golders Green, where he repeatedly emptied the charity box to fund his cocaine and amphetamine addictions.


Parents of murdered man fail in court bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Next week, Irwin and Corinne Van Colle will mark 12 years since their 25-year-old son, Giles, was murdered, shot by a former employee.

The couple had hoped that, by now, the European Court of Human Rights would have confirmed what the High Court agreed in 2006 and the Appeal Court upheld the following year — that Hertfordshire Police had failed in its duty to protect their son.


King of Thailand grants Israeli murderer a royal pardon

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2012

An Israeli who murdered his ex-wife and dismembered her body in Bangkok, has received a royal pardon from the King of Thailand.

Eli Cohen Maimon was arrested in February 2004 after he killed his ex-wife Carol within 24 hours of them arriving in Bangkok.

He was arrested at the Israeli embassy as he filed a missing person report, according to the Jerusalem Post.


Strasbourg rules against parents in case of murdered optician

By Jennifer Lipman, November 13, 2012

The parents of an optician murdered by a former employee have lost their final attempt to win justice in the courts for their son over alleged failures by Hertfordshire Police.