UK news

Woman divorced against her will

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2008

Rabbis issue ‘get’ at husband’s request

A London woman this week expressed shock at the prospect of being divorced by a rabbinical court against her will — in part because she allegedly wore clothes it deemed “provocative”.

Karin Gabay, a single mother of seven living in a council house, said she was “devastated” and “completely shocked” by the Sephardi Bet Din decision. She has been in dispute with her former husband over maintenance payments. 


Fury over deposit-box delay

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008

Owners of safety-deposit boxes seized in London police raids earlier this year are still waiting for their return and angry at lack of police action.

Officers raided nearly 7,000 boxes from Hampstead, Mayfair and Edgware in June, as part of Operation Rize.

Many of those taken belonged to innocent people who are still awaiting the return of their possessions. A restoration centre has been set up for the return of goods seized during the raid, but many people still feel they are being kept in the dark.


UK authorities detain Israeli 12-year-old girl for a month

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2008

Israeli officials expressed astonishment this week that a 12-year-old girl who entered Britain unaccompanied had apparently been kept under British welfare supervision for more than a month before contact was made with the Tel Aviv authorities. The girl — and earlier her nine-year-old brother — had been sent to Britain by her mother, a 38-year-old Russian-born Israeli.


Facebook faker found guilty

July 24, 2008
A businessman whose personal details were "laid bare" in fake libellous entries on the Facebook social networking website was awarded £22,000 damages today against a former friend who created the profile.

Mathew Firsht, managing director of Applause Store Productions Ltd, sued an old schoolfriend, freelance cameraman Grant Raphael, for libel and misuse of private information.


MP criticises select committee

By Dana Gloger, July 24, 2008

In a highly  unusual move, an MP on a government select committee has spoken out against its report on development in the Palestinian territories.

Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP for Pembrokeshire is one of 11 members of the International Development Committee who published its report The Humanitarian and Development Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on Thursday.

This week he said the report had "a narrative that Israel is the aggressor" and was "over the top".


JCC abandons plans for Finchley Road building

July 18, 2008

The Jewish Community Centre for London, the most ambitious cultural project in Anglo-Jewry for a generation, has abandoned its plans for a new building on the site it bought in the capital's Finchley Road.

Instead, the JCC's board has scaled down a project its chief executive, Nick Viner, said would have cost "tens of millions" and has asked its architect to look at much more modest options for a refurbishment of the present building on the site, a disused Mercedes car showroom.


Youth group bans teenager with OCD from its Israel tour

By Dana Gloger, July 18, 2008

The Federation of Zionist Youth is being threatened with legal action after telling a 16-year-old boy that he could not attend its summer Israel tour.

Ryan Lipman, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), was told less than two weeks before the trip that he would not be able to attend because of his medical condition.

He had already taken part in the orientation activities, and was due to leave this week.


Minister pledges to fight hate

By Bernard Josephs, July 18, 2008

A government minister committed financial backing this week to help combat antisemitism.

Jim Murphy, minister for Europe, made his pledge at the launch of a new London-based think-tank dedicated to combating the growth of antisemitic discourse and discrimination.

Mr Murphy said the government would fund the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism through the Department for Communities and Local Government.


A bomb? No, a load of rubbish

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Barnet police carried out a controlled explosion near the Community Security Trust’s head offices in Hendon, North-West London, this week when a CST employee reported seeing a suspect package while travelling to work.

The suspicious-looking suitcase had been left on Harmony Way, off Brent Street, on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene, where a cordon was put in place around Victoria Road and Brent Street and a controlled explosion was carried out.

However, the suitcase was in fact a bag of rubbish.


Wagamama and wireless: students to get a kosher upgrade from UJS-Hillel

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

UJS-Hillel is opening a landmark new student centre in London to meet the growing needs of Jewish students.

The centre — a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises on the corner of Euston Road and Upper Woburn Place — will replace the existing Hillel House site on Endsleigh Street, which has been sold to University College London for an undisclosed sum.

There are around 1,500 Jewish students in London. The new centre, scheduled to open in September, will aim to engage an increasing number of students in communal activities.