Man charged with murdering Israeli woman

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

A man has been charged with murdering an Israeli woman who was stabbed to death at her home in London.

Rivka Holden, who was 55, was found dead at her flat in Colindale, north west London, on Sunday.

Ms Holden had lived in the area for a number of years and was known to members of the nearby Kingsbury Synagogue.


Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.


Israel charity worker mugged

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

A senior charity worker is being treated for a brain injury after he was attacked by a gang of thieves.

Dan Rickman, the head of fundraising at Magen David Adom UK, was knocked unconscious as he walked to his home in Hendon, north-west London in the early hours of Sunday morning.


'Blood libel' cleric Raed Salah jailed for incitement

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014

Controversial Islamic cleric Raed Salah has been jailed for eight months in Israel for inciting violence.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, incited Muslims to start a new intifada during a 2007 sermon.


Sex abuse arrest at Jewish school

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

Police investigating allegations of sexual abuse of pupils at Carmel College, the now closed Jewish public school, have made an arrest, the JC has learned.

Thames Valley Police said that a 76-year-old man from Essex had been arrested and had been released on bail until March 24 this year.


Hunt for Leeds death raiders ‘will never end’

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 21, 2014

The brother of a Jewish businessman strangled during a robbery has vowed to help catch the killers while police say a rare Cartier watch may lead to key clues.


Sacha Baron Cohen's cousin faces prosecution over park keep-fit row

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A personal trainer who is to be prosecuted for leading exercise sessions in London’s Royal Parks without a licence has appealed to the Jewish community for support.

French-born Alexis Ajavon Baron Cohen — who is related to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen — said he would rather go to jail than pay up.


Ahava protesters’ appeal rejected

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass.

Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.


They call him Rambowitz

By Tom Tugend, January 30, 2014

It is not traditionally considered wise to pick a fight with an Orthodox rabbi over scriptural interpretations. But these days it is just as inadvisable to get into a physical altercation with a bearded black hat.

Cases in point are two American rabbis, both Orthodox, who are currently in the news for their sinews, rather than their sermons.


Teen thief is revealed as synagogue burglar

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Two Jewish brothers have been jailed for their roles in a bungled attempt to steal a safe from a friend’s home.

Ronen and Yacov Izraelov were part of a gang of masked intruders who took the safe from a property in Finchley, north London.