Robyn Rosen

How a synagogue leader helped gangs stash millions

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had millions of pounds worth of criminal assets seized has been jailed for four and a half years.

Milton Woolf, former chairman of the rabbinic search committee at New London Synagogue, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in deposit boxes "with no questions asked".

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Tweeting? They're all @ it now

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

Lord Sugar
Businessman and TV personality

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George Galloway: Gaza war as bad as WW2

By Robyn Rosen, March 9, 2011

George Galloway has said Hamas are not tyrants and defended elections in Iran during a lecture about the fall of dictatorships.

Speaking to LSE students on Monday, the former Respect MP called Israel an “apartheid” state and compared scenes in Gaza after Operation Cast Lead to those in the Second World War.

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Corrupt safe deposit businessman jailed

By Robyn Rosen, March 7, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

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Forged Israeli passports found in office of safe deposit thief

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police will be sentenced this week.

Milton Woolf, who was previously on the search committee at New London Synagogue to find a rabbi after the death of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in safety deposit boxes with “no questions asked”.

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Have-a-go hero uses army training to see off robbery

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

A former Israeli special forces soldier has been commended by a judge for coming to the aid of robbery victims in Hendon.

The 37-year-old, now living in London, works for a firm providing security to synagogues and Jewish schools. He reacted quickly when a 70-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were attacked in Vivian Avenue in November as they withdrew money from a bank.

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UK praise for the Israeli legal sector

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

The president of the Law Society has said she wants legal links between the UK and Israel to be strengthened following a visit to the country.

Linda Lee flew to Jerusalem last week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Israel Bar Association.

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Anti-Israel 'vampire' hacks child play website

By Robyn Rosen, March 2, 2011

A group of websites run by a Sussex businessman have been hacked into by anti-Israel protesters.

Meynell Walter, the founder of the Meynell Games Group, which provides training and conferences to professionals who run children’s play groups, discovered seven of his websites had been hacked into last weekend.

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Mind the gap - and tuition fees are to blame

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

A coalition of communal organisations has launched a 10-week mini-gap year experience to attract those giving up the traditional gap year in Israel to start university before the rise in tuition fees.

Youth movements are concerned that those trying to beat the increased fees of up to £9,000 annually, effective from 2012, will miss out on the gap year experience.

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Croydon ousts 'detrimental' minister

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

Croydon Federation Synagogue has ousted its minister just a year after he was appointed, claiming his presence is "detrimental" to the congregation and that his wife's behaviour has been "disruptive".

Synagogue president Anthony Bond took minister Rev David Gilinsky to the Federation Beth Din earlier this month, backed by a petition signed by 28 members.

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Secret sanctions after Gaza death camp jibe

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The University of Birmingham union has refused to explain what disciplinary action it has taken against its Friends of Palestine Society after it hosted a US army veteran who compared Gaza to a concen

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Support flows for autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The parents of a severely autistic boy have welcomed "amazing" messages of support following their struggle to provide extra care for their son.

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Small communities office is out of cash

By Robyn Rosen, February 18, 2011

The office supporting small communities across the country is on the brink of closure after the withdrawal of UJIA funding.

Providing religious, cultural and educational backing for communities with less than 100 members, the Office for Small Communities has relied on UJIA cash to keep operational.

But the contribution has been slashed from £75,000 to £40,000 this year and there will be no further funding after September.

During the four years it has backed the OSC, UJIA has developed a website offering distance learning to small communities.

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Pub landlord to offer mikveh water

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

A pub landlord has applied for a licence to sell water from what is believed to be Britain's oldest mikveh site.

Martin Hughes and his business partners have asked the Environment Agency for a licence to extract 15 million litres of water a year from Jacob's Well in Hotwells, near Bristol.

Mr Hughes bought the Hope and Anchor pub opposite the well 15 years ago without realising its historical significance.

"Like most people in Bristol, I was aware of an ancient well but didn't know much about it," he said. "Living so close to it, I started to find out more."

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Ofcom investigation into Peace TV

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

Media watchdog Ofcom is investigating UK channel Peace TV for giving a platform to banned Muslim preacher Zakir Naik.

Dr Naik was banned from entering Britain last year by Home Secretary Theresa May after allegedly claiming America was "controlled by the Jews".

An Ofcom spokesman confirmed: "We are in the middle of an investigation about Peace TV.

"Ofcom will not tolerate extremism on British television, and transgressors will be dealt with."

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School battle over autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

A mother of a severely autistic boy has said she feels she has failed him after losing a battle with a council to send him to a top autism school.

Chase Lindsay is the surviving twin of a 23-week premature birth. He weighed just one pound at birth.

He remained on a life support machine for seven months, flat-lined twice and his parents were told he had a one per cent chance of survival.

Now, aged five, he is physically able, but does not speak.

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EasyJet's kosher flight meal - bacon

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

Trainee Accountant Victor Kaufman couldn't believe his ears when he settled into his seat for a budget flight from Israel.

For shortly after take-off, the crew announced they were about to begin serving food - which included bacon baguettes and ham melts.

"It was a little insensitive," he said. "I think they need a lesson or two on cultural awareness if they expand their routes into the Middle East."

Mr Kaufman, 25, from East Finchley was on an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton last weekend.

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LSE attacked for scrapping banker's talk

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

The London School of Economics has been accused of hypocrisy after it cancelled a lecture by a controversial German banker following threats from anti-fascist demonstrators.

Thilo Sarrazin, who has previously referred to the existence of a "Jewish gene", was due to speak in a debate organised by the university's German Society on Monday.

Just before the event was due to start, the university's management cancelled it, though it later took place off campus at a nearby hotel.

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Universities and double standards

By Robyn Rosen, February 15, 2011

Last night, LSE’s management stepped up in the eleventh hour to cancel a debate due to be held by the German Society involving German banker, Thilo Sarrazin.

Mr Sarrazin was widely criticised last year after he made some controversial comments about Jews and Muslims, including writing in his book that “all Jews share a certain gene”.

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'Jewish gene' banker's LSE talk cancelled

By Robyn Rosen, February 15, 2011

A lecture by a German banker who has referred to a “Jewish gene” due to be held at the London School of Economics last night was cancelled at the last minute due to security concerns.

Thilo Sarrazin was due to speak in a debate organised by the university’s German Society last night.
The university stepped in to stop the event taking place on campus after anti-fascist campaigners threatened to demonstrate against the speaker.

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