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One guilty in Stamford Hill gagged and bound death

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

A Polish decorator has been found guilty of manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair.

Her five-bedroom house had been "ransacked


Alistair Burt says Gaza is 'unsustainable'

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

Mr Burt said: "I was struck today by the need for further progress to allow imports by UNRWA and others to complete much-needed projects and to facilitate exports.


The nasty things in Green leader's PC

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

The Green Party could be "more sensitive" in its use of the language of boycott in its policy towards Israel, according to its leader, Caroline Lucas.

The MP for Brighton Pavilion, the first Green to sit in the House of Commons, said she had come to this conclusion after discussions with a rabbi in her constituency, Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.


CST gets £150,000

June 30, 2011

The Community Security Trust has been awarded almost £150,000 from the government. The grant, from the Ministry of Justice's Victims and Witnesses General Fund, will be spent on training staff and developing new technology for reporting antisemitic incidents.


Al Jazeera hosts IDF Briton

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

A British-born Israeli army reservist, attacked as a terrorist and a liar while participating in a debate on Al-Jazeera TV, has said it was worth it - and that he would like to do it again. Josh Mintz, 26, is one of the founders of, set up last October to show the world the IDF's human side.

Last week, Al-Jazeera invited Mr Mintz onto its show, The Stream.


Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si


Skeletons found in 12th century well

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The remains of 17 people, believed to be Jewish and found at the bottom of a 12th century well, may change historians' accounts of past attitudes towards medieval Jews.

The skeletons were originally found in 2004 during work on a new shopping centre in Norwich. Now they have been re-examined for a BBC documentary.


Banned preacher to challenge Theresa May

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

An Islamic speaker with a "history of virulent antisemitism" plans to appeal against a decision by the Home Secretary to deport him after he breached a ban to enter Britain.

Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, spoke at three events in London and Leicester before he was detained in his hotel room on Tuesday evening, a day before he was due to share a plat


Farewell to Yiddish in London's East End

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

A literary circle dedicated to the preservation of Yiddish for 75 years held its final meeting in the East End of London on Saturday afternoon.

Weekly attendance at the Friends of Yiddish, founded by British Jewry's best-known Yiddish poet, A N Stencl, had dwindled to just a handful, with age and the exodus of the Jewish population from what was once the epicentre of Yiddish London having taken


Gaza boat sails down the Thames

By Jessica Elgot, June 30, 2011

As commuters sipped their morning lattes on London's Southbank, a small band of activists boarded their own Free Gaza "flotilla". But it was a far cry from the Mavi Marmara. The vessel was hired from London Party Boats and the downstairs bar was declared open as passengers stepped aboard. They included Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Faithless guitarist Dave Randall.