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Thieves rob Jewish teens at knifepoint

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2010

A group of Jewish teenagers have been robbed at knifepoint in Hendon.

The three 16-year-old boys were followed by a blue car at 2.30am on Thursday as they walked home through Manor Hall Avenue.

After noticing the car, they ran and hid behind bushes in a garden. Two men followed them into the garden and threatened them with knives, demanding their valuables.

One of the boys handed the robbers his £200 blackberry and the thieves made off in a car.

No one was hurt.


Search for sister 'abducted' in 1950s

September 3, 2010

Two brothers have re-launched a 60-year search for their lost sister, whom they believe to have been abducted from Israel in the 1950s.

Israeli-born Abraham Saadia, 52, and Moshe Sadia, 59, who now live in Prestwich, Manchester, advertised in the JC for their older sister, Shoshana.


One dead and 13 sick in wedding food poisoning tragedy

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

An inquest has been opened to investigate an outbreak of suspected food poisoning at a Jewish wedding which led to the death of a woman and affected 13 others, including the bridegroom and best man.

Nine cases of salmonella have been confirmed by health officials while five other people have reported being taken ill with other complaints.


Schoolgirl at JFS after five-year fight

By Leon Symons, September 3, 2010

A family's five-year fight to get their daughter admitted to JFS ended when she joined the school's sixth form yesterday (Thursday).

Maya Lightman took her place at the school in Kenton, north west London, as a direct result of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court rulings last year that JFS had discriminated directly against a boy, known only as M.


British mum wins custody battle after eight years

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2010

The mother of a girl involved in an eight-year custody battle has spoken of her joy after she and her daughter were allowed to return to Britain from Israel.

She said the emotional and financial strain put on her family by the case, whose legal bills total more than £250,000, had been "absolutely horrendous".

The woman, who is in her late 30s and cannot be identified for legal reasons, left Israel with her one-year-old daughter in 2001 after the breakdown of her marriage to a man she met while living on kibbutz.


GMC seeks Jewish views

September 2, 2010

The views of Jewish patients are being sought by the General Medical Council as it launches a consultation on equality.

The council aims to use the advice to avoid discriminating against patients from minority groups.

It is hoped this will assist foreign doctors in the UK to learn more about British medical standards and ethics and respect patients' beliefs.

Jewish groups have previously highlighted the need for doctors to be aware of halachic requirements such as prompt burials.


Ex-BNP insider says the party is half-Nazi

By Robyn Rosen, September 2, 2010

The former legal adviser to the BNP has said the party includes "hardcore Nazis".

Lee Barnes left the far-right party earlier this month and then wrote on his blog that he was thinking of starting up a new party.

He said the BNP was "comprised on one the hand of hard-core Nazis on one wing and, on the other, civic nationalists. Both sides despise each other.

"The Nazi wing are in complete denial about the party's recent constitution change to allow ethnic minority members in, whilst the moderate wing are up in arms that the party did not do this sooner.


Girl died from painkillers she mistook for sweets

By Leon Symons, September 2, 2010

A five-year-old girl died of a drug overdose after mistaking painkillers for jelly beans, an inquest heard this week.

Hanna Collins was believed to have climbed onto a chair to reach what she thought were sweets in a cupboard where her father kept his medication.

Hanna would have been unable to read the "keep out" sign on the packet of Tramadol, Hertfordshire coroners were told.

Her father Andrew was looking after Hanna, her twin sister Lucy, and Amy, on the night of March 18 while their mother Claudia went swimming.


Parkinson's patients get martial arts medicine

By Robyn Rosen, September 2, 2010

A group of Parkinson's disease patients have pooled their resources to bring an Israeli martial arts expert to London for some off-beat treatment.

Alex Kerten, who holds black belts in several fighting styles, was flown to Britain after Laurie Phillips, 67, had taken his wife to see him in Israel.

The result was a series of workshops which left the wife of one sufferer in tears after she saw her husband, who has been in a wheelchair for 16 months, stand up and dance.


Lord Sacks ponders issues of faith

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2010

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks says he has put his faith "on the line" for his annual Rosh Hashanah broadcast this year when it goes out on BBC1 onSunday night.

Entitled The Case for God? the programme features him in conversation with four of Britain's "cleverest" critics of religion - as he calls them.

Three are Jewish - Howard Jacobson, Alain de Botton and Lisa Jardine. The fourth, neurobiologist Colin Blakemore, argues that science has made religion irrelevant.

At one point, the Chief Rabbi is asked by Howard Jacobson whether he is sure there is a God.