Crime

Rabbi killed after giving man advice

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A man has stabbed a rabbi to death in a Beersheva yeshiva.

The 70-year-old victim, Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, was understood to have been giving the man guidance when the attack took place. Rabbi Abuhatzeira was a well-regarded scholar of kabbalah.

The man was named by the Israeli media as Asher Dahan and was said to be a fairly regular visitor to the yeshiva.

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Manchester outstrips London in hate crime

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Manchester has overtaken London as the UK area with the highest number of antisemitic incidents.

Community Security Trust statistics for the first half of 2011 show a 27 per cent rise in incidents in Greater Manchester, with 121 reported crimes. The London figure was 98, a drop of nearly a quarter on the same period last year.

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Jewel thief sentenced to 10 years

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

A four-year hunt for an armed robber who stole £374,000-worth of Rolex and other watches in a vicious raid on a Jewish-run jewellers in Leeds, has ended with his conviction after extradition to the UK.

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Family 'ran $7m drugs and sex ring'

By Ellen Tumposky, July 28, 2011

A Russian Jew and his wife ran a high-end prostitution ring that catered to Wall Street customers who would spend up to $10,000 a night for sex and drugs, according to prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Yampolsky and his wife, Bronislava, were among 17 people indicted last week after an investigation into their business, High Class NY.

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Reubens row

July 21, 2011

Two men were released on bail on charges of actual bodily harm following a brawl outside Reubens Restaurant in central London. The pair were arrested after being involved in a fight with a third man last Monday night, following allegations of non-payment.

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Polish man jailed for seven years for Stamford Hill pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Polish decorator has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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Orthodox prisoner barred from beard behind bars

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

A bearded Orthodox Jewish convict has lost a second legal challenge to New Hampshire State Prison's grooming policy.

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Cabbie who called Jews 'animals' outside Manchester school sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A taxi driver has been given a community order and could lose his work licence after being found guilty of racially abusing children in front of Manchester's King David School.

Taha Osman said Jews were animals who should be banned from Britain and also shouted "all Jewish children must die" after he was stuck in after-school traffic at the Crumpsall Jewish school.

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'Jewish Elvis' plans tribute to murdered Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A Chasidic singer described as the Jewish world's answer to Elvis Presley is working on a tribute to the eight-year-old boy murdered in Brooklyn last week.

The family of Leiby Kletzky are currently sitting shiva for the boy, whose dismembered body was found after 2,000 people joined a search for him. A man called Levi Aron was arrested in connection with Leiby's death.

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