Web racists convicted in historic trial

By Leon Symons, January 15, 2009

Two racists have been convicted of publishing racially inflammatory material in the first case brought by the Crown Prosecution Service involving the diffusion of race hate via the internet.

Stephen Whittle, 41, from Preston, Lancashire, wrote five offensive articles under the pen-name Luke O’Farrell, published on the internet by his co-defendant, 51-year-old Simon Sheppard from Hull.


Bid to firebomb synagogue as protests grow

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

An attempt was made to firebomb a London synagogue at the weekend in a protest against Israel’s actions in Gaza.

The attack, just before midnight on Sunday, at Brondesbury Synagogue in Willesden, North-West London, was the most serious of 25 antisemitic incidents that have occurred since Israel launched its operation on December 27.


Hostility on the rise in Yemen after murder

December 18, 2008

Islamist extremists in Yemen are continuing to intimidate a small Jewish community following the murder of a Jewish teacher, according to a local rabbi. Moshe Yaish Nahari, who taught at the yeshivah in the village of Raydah, was shot dead last Thursday by a suspected extremist.
Rabbi Yahia Yaish bin Yahia told reporters: “Raydah is no longer like the old days. Raydah today is full of monsters.”

Although a man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder, Rabbi bin Yahia said that the authorities had long ignored complaints from the community about rising hostility.


Sex abuser is to be sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2008

A 32-year-old man may face jail next week after admitting that he had encouraged underage girls to perform sex acts, and that he had made indecent images of a child.

Philip Knorpel, of Woking, will be sentenced at South West Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Guildford on Tuesday.

At a court hearing a fortnight ago, the IT project manager admitted two charges of making indecent photos of a child, and four of inciting a girl to sexual activity.


Deli owner raided twice in a week

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

A Manchester kosher shop was targeted by thieves, only days after his home was broken into.

Early last Tuesday evening, Motti Gershon’s Shefa Mehadrin kosher deli was targeted by armed robbers who threatened a till assistant with a hammer and robbed two cash registers.

Only days before, thieves ransacked Mr Gershon’s house in the Sedgley Park area while he and his wife were at friends for Friday night dinner. Jewellery, a car and phones were taken.


Youths taunt pub staff in sale row

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Staff at a pub which is due to be turned into a synagogue say they have been harassed by Jewish youths shouting “burn in hell” and “it’s our pub now”.

The Swan, in the heart of London’s strictly Orthodox community in Stamford Hill, was bought by members of the Bobov community in September for around £1 million.

But their plan to turn it into a community centre and shul has been met with opposition from regulars.

Since the sale, staff say they have been intimidated by young members of the Charedi community banging on windows, making obscene gestures and goading regulars.


New probe into death of bagel-stab violinist

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

A new inquest is to be held into the death of a musician stabbed on his way to buy bagels after his killer was given an indefinite jail sentence.

Klezmer violinist Michael Kahan was attacked by paranoid schizophrenic Jonathan Mills in June this year outside a shop in Crumpsall, north

Mills, 31, was ordered to be detained in a high security psychiatric hospital after Manchester Crown Court heard that he stabbed Mr Kahan because he was suffering delusions that Jewish people were preventing him from getting his medication changed.


Victims shocked by Manchester burglaries

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

Prestwich and Broughton Park residents have been shaken by a spate of audacious robberies.

Up to a dozen Jewish households and businesses have been burgled in the past fortnight and police are urging community members to step-up security measures in their homes.

Most of the robberies have been in the early hours of the morning. In four cases thieves entered the victims’ bedrooms.

A Prestwich mother recounted her fright at waking at 4am to see a man rummaging through her possessions. Her husband was away and she was at home with her two children.


Burglar appeal

November 27, 2008

Detectives have appealed to the public to help identify a burglar who has targeted Jewish houses in Stamford Hill, North London.

Police believe the burglar, described as black and in his mid to late thirties, has struck at least six times in the area in recent months, all at Jewish homes. He has escaped with small items such as jewellery, cash and passports.


Gang wars fear after mafia boss is killed

By Yaakov Katz, November 20, 2008

Police fear that this week's slaying of a top mobster in Tel Aviv will lead to an all-out crime war in Israeli cities.

On Monday, 53-year-old Yaacov Alperon, a former boxer and one of Israel's most infamous mobsters, died in a meticulously planned car bombing in central Tel Aviv, shortly after attending a court hearing for one of his sons, suspected of running an extortion racket. Two bystanders were injured.