Robyn Rosen

Backing Gypsies

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A delegation of rabbis and British Jews has visited the UK's largest Traveller and Gypsy-owned estate to express solidarity.

The delegation went to Dale Farm in Essex on Wednesday, where they met Richard Sheridan, president of the Gypsy Council. Basildon Council plans to evict the 100 families from the land.

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Life on the beat with the Hill street Jews

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Sergeant Michael Loebenberg says that being a Jewish police officer in Stamford Hill has its advantages and challenges.

"It's obviously not a traditional job for Jewish people," said the 28-year-old United Synagogue member. "My family were concerned about antisemitism.

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Jewish skeletons unearthed in medieval well

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

The remains of 17 Jewish people found at the bottom of a medieval well could have been murdered or forced to kill themselves, scientists have suggested.

The skeletons were put into storage after they were discovered in 2004 during an excavation of a site in the centre of Norwich and have only recently been the subject of investigation.

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'Confession made up' in Stamford Hill pensioner murder case

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Police "fabricated" evidence in a desperate attempt to seal a conviction for the unsolved manslaughter of a Stamford Hill pensioner, a court has heard.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died alone after burglars raided her home and left her bound and gagged.

She lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009.

Her home had been "ransacked" after two burglars

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Peter Tatchell under fire for gay meeting attack

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been accused of "stirring up antisemitic rhetoric" after he condemned a gay organisation for hosting a meeting in Israel.

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Professor quits UCU in hate row

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A professor has resigned from the University and College Union after more than 40 years following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

David-Hillel Ruben, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College and the former director of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), accused the UCU of being "institutionally racist" after it voted to distance itself from the defini

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Brit critic is ejected from Board position

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

An Oxford student has been removed from her position on the Board of Deputies after she wrote an article calling for a ban on circumcision.

New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation, revoked Rebecca Steinfeld's seat at the Board as an under-35s observer after she referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian last week.

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How Israel dog-stoning story went astray

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

It was the ultimate shaggy dog story - but one with a nasty bite.

According to the BBC and other websites over the weekend, a Jerusalem Beth Din condemned a stray dog to be stoned after it was suspected of being the reincarnation of a secular lawyer cursed by the court 20 years ago.

Yahoo's news report, headlined "Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning", drew more than 1,900 comments

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The BBC, the shaggy dog story and the gas chambers

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Yesterday, the BBC admitted it had “failed to make the right checks” after it irresponsibly posted a false story about a dog who was reportedly ordered to be stoned to death by a Jewish judge in Israel after a court believed it was the reincarnation of a disgruntled lawyer.

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Meet London's strictly Orthodox crime busters

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2011

Shomrim is notoriously private. The strictly Orthodox security organisation does not have a website or a phone number listed online and it does not advertise in local newspapers. It is only when there is a crime committed that you may notice a group of bearded men appear within minutes, wearing identical dark jackets and speaking into walkie-talkies.

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Barnet sorry about special needs failings

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Golders Green family have won compensation and an apology from a London council for a four year delay in providing support for their daughter.

The mother of the nine-year-old requested a care plan from Barnet Council when her daughter, who has learning difficulties, was struggling in a class of 30 in a mainstream Jewish school.

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Pushing UK science abroad

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Martyn Poliakoff, the Nottingham chemist, YouTube hit and elder brother of playwright Stephen, has been appointed Britain's science ambassador.

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Raid victim 'bound and left to die'

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A pensioner died alone in her bedroom after burglars ransacked her home and left her bound, gagged and unable to call for help.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, lay undiscovered for five weeks before relatives found her body on New Year's Day 2009.

The men broke in through the basement of her five-bedroom home in Leweston Place, Stamford Hill, north London, an Old Bailey jury heard this week.

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'Gay' Damascus blogger used site to attack Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Community leaders have condemned the "devious and Machiavellian" 40-year-old married man from Edinburgh who used a blog, with the fake identity of a young Syrian lesbian, to attack Israel.

Tom MacMaster, a master's student at Edinburgh University and member of Students for Justice in Palestine, admitted this week he was the man behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, which followed the alleged li

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Law reprieve for kosher meat labels

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An amendment which could lead to controversial plans to label kosher meat has been removed from a proposed new European law.

The European Council and Parliament agreed this week that the new food information regulation will not include a requirement that all
kosher and halal meat would be labelled "meat from slaughter without
stunning".

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Circumcision critic has Board links

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An Oxford student who launched an attack on male circumcision and called for it to be banned, is an associate of the Board of Deputies, it has been revealed.

Rebecca Steinfeld, the under-35 observer for New West End Synagogue, referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian.

Time to ban male circumcision?

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Commons voice for 'blood libel' man

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An Islamic leader who has invoked the antisemitic blood libel is to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

Raed Salah, a leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is speaking at a June 29 event, Building Peace and Justice in Jerusalem, hosted in Parliament by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

During a protest in East Jerusalem in 2007, Mr Salah was reportedly arrested for incite

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Sportsmen in muscle tissue trial

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Two Jewish doctors are running a medical trial to help Jewish athletes.

Dr Robert Fern, a gastroenterologist at Barnet General Hospital and Dr Marc Wittenberg, an anaesthetist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, are conducting the experiment on members of the football and futsal (indoor five-aside football) teams, from this year's Maccabi Great Britain squad.

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Pensioner gagged and left to die 'slow death'

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

A Stamford Hill pensioner was left gagged and bound to a chair by burglars for five weeks before her body was discovered, a court heard this week.

Two Polish men broke into 83-year-old Eveline Kelmenson's house through the basement in the middle of the night, before taping her to a chair, robbing her and ransacking her home, a jury at the Old Bailey was told.

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Joining Norwood's uneasy riders

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Although not normally superstitious, the portents were not promising in the lead up to my participation in the Norwood bike ride in Croatia.

Persuaded to sign up by a good friend, my training consisted primarily of laps around Regent's Park on the bike I received from my parents as a batmitzvah present.

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