Crime

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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Stamford Hill pensioner killer jailed

By Jessica Elgot, December 20, 2011

A man who tied an 83-year-old woman to a chair while he ransacked her home and stole her jewellery, leaving her to die of hypothermia, has been jailed.

Polish-born Szymon Wyrostek, 26, will serve nine years for manslaughter, burglary and robbery of Eveline Kelmenson, at her home in Stamford Hill.

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Ex-president Katzav begins prison sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The former president of Israel has entered prison to begin his seven year sentence for rape.

Moshe Katzav, who left office in 2007 in disgrace in the wake of an indictment against him, is the highest-ranking Israeli official to serve time in prison. The eight h person to serve as Israeli president, he served in the Knesset and held a number of cabinet positions during his political career.

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Banker convicted for stalking former lover

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

An employee of JP Morgan pretended to be a Mossad agent as part of a ploy to win back his former girlfriend and colleague.

The year-long affair between US bankers Daniela Rausnitz and David Gray, who was married at the time, came to a head yesterday at West London Magistrates' court. Mr Gray, 28, was convicted of harassing her after the couple broke up.

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Arsonist fails to shut museum

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

An arson attack on a telephone pole has left Manchester Jewish Museum using Twitter and staff's personal mobile phones to tell visitors that it is open.

The vandalism, which happened last Wednesday, means that email and telephone communications are down until engineers can install a new pole next week.

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