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Shock rise in domestic violence

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The number of Jewish women abused in their own homes has risen by a third in the past nine months, according to the charity Jewish Women's Aid.

Serious attacks, including cases of attempted murder and kidnap, have soared by more than 300 per cent since March last year.


Louise Mensch backs Shmuley Boteach for Chief Rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2012

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has joined magic man Uri Geller in backing the American rabbi Shmuley Boteach to take over from Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

Mrs Mensch, who is married to Jewish music manager Peter Mensch, said she owed Rabbi Boteach her "lifelong love of, and appreciation for, the Jewish faith".


Police open Twitter threat file

By Martin Bright, January 12, 2012

Police are now investigating three separate allegations of death threats from an antisemitic Twitter stalker who advertised himself as an Ed Miliband lookalike.


Manchester property scammer jailed

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 11, 2012

A Manchester man has been jailed for his part in a £1 million property scam.

Raymond Abramson, 69, from Whitefield, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court today to conspiracy to defraud, a bankrupt engaging in trade and an undischarged bankrupt being concerned in the management of a company.


NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.


Sephardi leadership hopeful pulls out of race

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2012

Rabbi David Bassous, the centre of a disputed election for the next spiritual head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has pulled out of the race.

Sephardi leaders announced last night that the London-born rabbi, who heads a congregation in New Jersey, had "requested that his name be withdrawn from consideration…at this stage".


Knighthoods for Jewish businessman and scientist

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2012

A Jewish professor and a city businessman have both been knighted in this year’s honours list.

Professor Sir Mark Pepys received a knighthood for his groundbreaking biomedical work. He is currently director of the Wolfson Drug Discovery Unit, and the former Head of Medicine at the Royal Free Campus of University College London.


Death threat tweeter suspended by Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

The Labour Party has suspended one of its members after it emerged that he was using Twitter to wage a campaign of death threats and antisemitic abuse against other users.

Shereef Abdallah, an Ed Miliband "lookalike" who previously worked as a volunteer at the office of Labour MP Glenda Jackson, has been suspended from the party with immediate effect.


Lotto rape victim gets an MBE

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A Jewish woman who won a historic compensation settlement after being the victim of a horrific crime has waived her anonymity in response to being awarded an MBE.


Nazi defender will visit SOAS

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists, will speak at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, shortly after Holocaust Memorial Day.