US kosher factory raided

May 16, 2008

America's biggest kosher meat-packing plant was raided by immigration and customs officers this week seeking illegal immigrants. The Agriprocessors complex in Postville, Iowa, was established in 1987 by a butcher from Brooklyn Heights in New York, who arrived in Postville with some 200 Chasidim. More than 1,000 people work at the plant and there were thought to have been scores of arrests carried out by officials in the raid.


Salford man denies flashing

May 9, 2008

A 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty at Salford Magistrates’ Court last week to a string of sex offences. Avraham Avraham, of Higher Broughton, Salford, faces seven charges of indecent exposure, said to have taken place between September last year and January of this year in Broughton Park and Whitefield. He was bailed to appear again in June.


Nicole Farhi robbed

May 9, 2008

French-born fashion designer Nicole Farhi was recovering this week after being robbed at knifepoint outside her Hampstead, North-West London, home last Thursday. Ms Farhi, 61, who lives with her theatre-director husband David Hare, had her £8,000 ring, watch and cash stolen by two men. It is thought they had been waiting for her to return home, before making their escape in a car.


Race victims ‘don’t want to go to court’

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Many antisemitic crimes reported to police are going unpunished because victims do not want to go to court.

Others are not even thoroughly investigated because culprits cannot be identified, according to a Crown Prosecution Service report published this week.

The CPS also admitted that internal communications difficulties had led to a number of cases being pursued in error.


Missing Parisian ‘seen in London’

By Rachel Fletcher, May 9, 2008

A missing Frenchman thought to be in London has been spotted twice in the North-West suburb of Hendon.

An Orthodox resident says that he and his son first saw Patrick, or Pinchos, Zini in the area on erev Pesach. They met the Parisian at around 11.30 at night as they headed to a shalom zachar, a ceremony that takes place on the first Friday night after the birth of a baby boy. He then reappeared at their house on April 29 last week.

The man, who asked not to be named, said the Frenchman introduced himself as Patrick and spoke English, French and Hebrew.


Tube shekel scammer is finally jailed

May 2, 2008

British Transport Police this week paid tribute to JC readers who helped catch the so-called Tube shekel scammer.

Israel Aharonovitz, 58, of Seven Sisters Road, Hackney, was jailed for a year at the beginning of Pesach for three counts of fraud by false representation after he obtained a total of £368 from Orthodox Jewish passengers, which he said was to pay for the treatment of a sick relative at home in Israel.


Hatzolah man stabbed

By Dana Gloger, May 2, 2008

A volunteer for Hatzolah, the Charedi volunteer rescue and emergency service, was stabbed in his car in North West London last week.

Zvi Hammond was still in hospital at the time of going to press, but his wife Tamara said his recovery was “going in the right direction, but I don’t know yet when he will be out of hospital”.

She explained: “He was not on duty at the time it happened, he had just been to the shops for me. It’s been quite a shock, as it would be for anyone.”


Sex trafficker arrested

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2008

A 58-year-old Israeli living in Manchester was arrested on Monday at Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of trafficking humans to Britain.


Parisian 'may be in London'

May 2, 2008

A missing Orthodox Frenchman may be in Britain after disappearing from Paris. Patrick, or Pinchos, Zini, vanished two days before Pesach and is thought to be in London. He is 37 years old and single. He is 5’10” tall, with light hair and a light complexion.


Beware the millions in your inbox

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

An email hoaxer is targeting victims by claiming to be distributing millions of pounds left by a London Jewish philanthropist.

Recipients of the email, which is sent from “Barrister Sandy Carrington Law Firm”, are told they have been left £9 million from businessman Maurice Wohl’s estate. They are asked to provide details such as their address and occupation.