Robyn Rosen

Policewoman gets honour from Met

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A beauty therapist turned police officer has received a Metropolitan Police commendation for ideas she developed to help reduce crime in nightclubs.

Jo Poole, 57, who has spent 17 years on the force, was presented with the award on Monday. "It means a lot to be recognised for your work," she said.

"I'm most proud of instigating the stickers at cash machines to warn people to look behind them when they take out money. It helped reduce crime in one street in Soho from 167 attacks in six months to nine."

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Love-feud knife attacker gets 7 years

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for seven years after luring a teenager to a restaurant and repeatedly stabbing him because of a feud over a girl.

Jacob Butchoff, a former pupil at the exclusive Hampstead school, UCS, had arranged a meeting at the Hainenese Buffet in Golders Green Road with love rival, Jonathan Kaae-Mortensen.

Then he stabbed the 18-year-old Persian Jew in the neck, ear, back, shoulder and cheek.

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Birmingham Palestine society inquiry

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

Birmingham University's Friends of Palestine Society is under investigation after a talk it hosted during which US army veteran Mike Prysner compared Gaza to a concentration camp.

Birmingham Guild of Students (the student union) has received 60 complaints about the event, held on January 26, the same day as the university held a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.

During his lecture, Mr Prysner said: "Gaza, quite literally, is one massive concentration camp.

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The Ultra Zionists

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

A review in today’s Independent about last night’s Louis Theroux film, The Ultra Zionists, demonstrates exactly what I feared.

In it, author Alice-Azania Jarvis makes a generalisation that I’m sure many viewers have and will continue to make.

She says: “It was the bloody single-mindedness of the Zionists that stole the show.”

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School row on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

A church minister allegedly used an address at a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly at a Scottish school to accuse Israel of its own Holocaust.

Reverend David Smith, minister of the Kirk of the Holy Rood in Grangemouth, Falkirk, made the comments after he lit a memorial candle at the assembly at Grangemouth High School last Thursday.

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Dead Sea firm boycotted? Their lease was up

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

The manager of a shopping centre in Ireland has attacked claims by anti-Israel protesters as "complete fabrication," after they said he had promised that a Dead Sea cosmetics company would not be allowed to trade on the premises.

Protesters from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstrated by the Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics stall in the Johnston Court shopping centre in Sligo on January 22. They claimed the company "helps fund the Israeli apartheid regime, its brutal occupation of Palestine and its illegal settlements in the West Bank".

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Seven years prison after violent assault

By Robyn Rosen, February 3, 2011

A Jewish man has been sent to prison for seven years after luring a teenager to a restaurant in Golders Green and repeatedly stabbing him following a feud over a girl.

Jacob Butchoff, 20, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was handed the sentence in Wood Green Crown Court today.

He was arrested in September last year after he attacked an 18-year-old man at a Chinese restaurant in Golders Green Road.

The victim had begun a relationship with Butchoff’s ex-girlfriend in 2007 which prompted animosity between the two.

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Antisemitic incidents still at record high

By Robyn Rosen, February 3, 2011

Antisemitic incidents have reached the second highest level since records began, according to annual figures released by the Community Security Trust.

The CST confirmed that 639 incidents were reported in 2010, a 31 per cent fall from 2009’s record high of 926, caused by antisemitic reactions to the Gaza conflict in January of that year.

Despite the drop, incidents were 17 per cent higher than the 2008 figure of 546 and 15 per cent higher than 2006, which previously held the highest number of incidents, caused by reactions to the second Lebanon war.

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Death threats over Israeli's Gaza film

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

An Israeli filmmaker has allegedly received death threats after a film she made about Israeli soldiers was aired on Channel 4 last night.

Nurit Kedar told Channel 4 News she had received threatening messages on the internet and her mobile.

The special report showed clips from Ms Kedar’s film, Concrete, where she interviewed IDF soldiers who had taken part in Operation Cast Lead in late 2008.

Ms Kedar told Channel 4 News: “I have had phone calls saying 'you should be hanged' and calling me a traitor.

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A woman of letters

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

An academic has been awarded a £9,000 grant to translate and catalogue 2,500 newly-discovered letters between an exiled German Jew and his family in Nazi Germany.

The collection was found by Daniel Schwab in his parents' garage in Johannesburg, and is now the subject of a research project by Dr Shirli Gilbert, a lecturer at Southampton University.

Mr Schwab's grandfather, Ralph sought refuge in South Africa after the Nazis came to power and exchanged many letters with a friend who was Nazi Party member.

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Safety box guilty plea

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A businessman who ran a safe deposit company at the centre of a £50 million police raid has admitted a string of offences in a long-running case.

Milton Woolf, a 54-year-old former treasurer of New London Synagogue, who lives in Golders Green, pleaded guilty to 14 charges at Southwark Crown Court last week, including possessing a revolver and false passports, not reporting money-laundering, and having $60,000 in counterfeit currency.

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Anti-Israel play runs in Lincoln

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

Lincoln University has been criticised for staging Caryl Churchill's controversial play, Seven Jewish Children.

The production will run in April at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The 10-minute play was originally staged at the Royal Court in response to Israel's action in Gaza in January 2009.

John Nathan, reviewing it in the JC, wrote: "For the first time in my career as a critic, I am moved to say about a work at a major production house that this is an antisemitic play."

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Israel and Palestinian groups clash at LSE

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

Tensions between the London School of Economics' Israel and Palestine societies have risen after a surge in anti-Israel activity on campus.

The two student union societies were praised earlier this month for a joint debate on an academic boycott of Israel but since then, the Palestine Society has launched a campaign to boycott the Eden Springs water company and invited self-styled rabbi, Ahron Cohen of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta group to speak to students.

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Hamas Palestine papers threat in Guardian

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten an "immediate response" to the release of the Palestine Papers. Writing in the Guardian on Wednesday, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said meetings had begun to "discuss practical measures".

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Mill Hill enjoys a head start

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

Etz Chaim, the Jewish primary in Mill Hill opening in September under the government's free schools initiative, has announced its first headteachers.

The appointments are Yvonne Baron, deputy head of Hertsmere Jewish Primary, and Sharon Mullish, assistant head at the same school. They will start in May.

Governors' chair Adam Dawson said: "They are exceptional school leaders who will provide innovative, inspiring and an entrepreneurial educational approach."

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Hamas warn 'immediate response' to Palestine leaks

By Robyn Rosen, January 26, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten action as an “immediate response” to the release of the Palestine papers.

Writing in the Guardian today, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said a series of meetings have begun to “discuss practical measures”.

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Family's Holocaust-era letters to be translated

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A Southampton historian has received a £9,000 grant to translate and catalogue thousands of newly-discovered letters between an exiled German Jew and his family in Nazi Germany.

The collection of 2,500 letters was found by Daniel Schwab in his parents’ garage in Johannesburg and is now the subject of a research project by Dr Shirli Gilbert of the University of Southampton.

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Fears over who runs Middle East Centre

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A research group which aims to "strengthen" academic relations with the Middle East is managed by active supporters of the academic boycott.

LSE's Middle East Centre - a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on modern Middle Eastern cultures, societies, economies and international relations - opened in October.

Among its listed aims are strengthening relations between LSE and Middle East universities and increasing LSE's capability to engage with countries in the Middle East.

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LSE 'vote' strikes a blow at the boycotters

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A motion calling for an academic boycott of Israel has been overwhelmingly rejected at a debate at the London School of Economics (LSE).

The motion, "This house believes in an academic boycott of Israel", was debated on Thursday in front of a packed audience.

Consultant oncologist Professor Daniel Hochhauser argued against the motion and Dr John Chalcraft, Reader in history and politics, argued in favour.

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John Lewis store rounds on Israel boycott campaigners

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

The department store John Lewis has accused an anti-Israel campaign group of sending "false and misleading" information after it published a triumphant press release linking the company's withdrawal of an Israeli cosmetics brand with the boycott campaign.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) sent an email to its mailing list on Friday claiming John Lewis was "now refusing to stock" Ahava products.

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