UK riots

Community rallies to help

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the three days of rioting this week but praised community efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.

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It's our city, not the rioters', say Manchester's clean-up brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Manchester's great clean-up on the day after the riots was masterminded by a 34-year-old resident of Reddish, south-east Manchester, Jeremy Myers. More than 1,000 people, branded the "broom army", gathered in the city centre at 9am after Mr Myers, grandson of the late Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the idea after being outraged by live television coverage of the riots.

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Challenge to Guardian's report on Tottenham riots

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

The Guardian newspaper amended its coverage of the Tottenham riots after a complaint that Chasidic Jews were unfairly singled out for allegedly "jeering at police".

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council were among those complaining that the newspaper had broken its editorial code in unnecessarily identifying people's religious or ethnic background in a description of a mixed crowd of onloo

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Community rallies round to help riot repairs

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the rioting this week, but praised efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.

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Terror in Tottenham and bedlam in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jewish business owners and residents in London, Manchester and Birmingham have described the "devastation" of the local areas, following this week's violent riots.

Groups of youths smashed shops and homes and looted high streets in cities across the country, beginning in Tottenham on Saturday night.

Following pictures of Charedi youths watching the looting in Tottenham on their way home from

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Riot advice from son of top Jewish socialists

August 11, 2011

A graduate who tweeted advice which can help rioters avoid being arrested is the son of two prominent Jewish socialists.

Jacob Bard-Rosenberg is the son of David Rosenberg, one of the founding members of the Jewish Socialists' Group in the 1970s. Julia Bard joined the group in 1983 and the couple married two years later.

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Ballroom blitzed

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

As reports of rioting in Camden came through on Monday night, Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with rumours about the fate of young Jewish London's Saturday night hotspot, Electric Ballroom.

It was boarded up the next day, and damage looked minimal. A sigh of relief, then, for party-goers attached to dancing on a sticky floor, drinking cheap vodka and singing along to cheesy pop music.

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Legitimate protest

August 11, 2011

As we watch 200,000 people march through Tel Aviv and gangs of thugs run riot in British cities, there will be some who are tempted to make some sort of connection.

Events have that effect on otherwise sensible people. The plain truth, however, is that the two are polar opposites and the idea of any lessons to be drawn by comparing the two is simply idiotic.

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Barber shop horror for Tottenham's Aaron Biber

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

He was born in Cable Street, but this week's riots and the destruction of his tiny barber's shop has devastated 89-year-old Aaron Biber.

The inside of Mr Biber's shop on Tottenham High Road in London was wrecked by youths during Saturday night's riots.

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Appeal to keep Tottenham barber Aaron Biber cutting after riot damage

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A campaign has been launched to help raise money to support an 89-year-old barber whose shop was looted during the riots in Tottenham.

Aaron Biber, a member of Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, lost his wife last year. Born in Cable Street, he built up his businesses in Tottenham High Street over several decades and is a popular figure in the local community.

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