Topic / Judaism

Action urged against rabbis who support abusive husband

Israeli women’s rights activist and lawyer Batya Kahane-Dror, above, has lodged a complaint against three rabbis who  refused a victim of domestic violence a religious divorce, known as a get. According to the Independent, the woman is married to an abusive brute who was jailed when he assaulted her after she said she wanted to […]

Synagogue arson attack was a ‘protest’, not a hate crime

A regional court in Germany ruled this week that an attempt to set fire to a local synagogue in 2014 by three Muslims was an act meant to express criticism against Israel’s conduct in its ongoing conflict with Hamas, and was not an expression of anti-Semitism. The court sentenced the three men – Muhammad E, […]

Orthodox Jews: girl risks being ‘ostracised’ for eating burgers

A court in London was told this week that a nine-year-old girl faces being ostracised by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community after her mother allowed her to eat McDonald’s fast food and go to a mixed-sex gymnastics class. According to the Telegraph, the girl’s father said that he feared his daughter would be shunned by relatives […]

Rabbi Lionel Blue will present his own obituary tonight

One of the very few individuals remotely capable of uttering anything sensible on BBC Radio 4’s ghastly ‘Thought for the Day’ was Rabbi Lionel Blue, and I was sorry to learn that he had died yesterday, aged 86. I remember some years back telling a co-member of the National Secular Society that if NSS were […]

‘Don’t criticise communities who refuse to be integrated’

Seven days ago, Dame Louise Casey, above, published a community report which called on Brits to do more to challenge ‘regressive, divisive and harmful cultural and religious practices’. In reference to what she found in some predominantly Muslim areas, Casey wrote in “A Review into Opportunity and Integration“: I’ve met far too many women who […]

Danish doctors take a stand against infant circumcision

While stopping short of calling for a total ban on circumcision, the Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) said in a weekend statement that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark. The association said that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves. The association said that […]

Rabbi exposed for running a circumcision racket in Israel

Rabbi Eliyahu Asulin, of Hadera, above, is being paid thousands by students wanting to become official mohels (circumcisers) and are being sent unsupervised to mutilate Ethiopian and Somalian infants. According to this report, an investigation conducted by Kan, Israel’s new public broadcasting corporation, revealed that Asulin’s totally inexperienced students are conducting circumcisions among poor families, […]

New Zealand Muslim preacher sacked over hate sermons

Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib, above, has been permanently stood down by New Zealand’s Federation of Islamic Associations following video evidence of his virulent anti-Semitism. The Federation is reported here as saying that it vehemently opposes all teachings that promote intolerance, prejudice and discrimination. Sahib was the Federation’s secretary. New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission earlier […]

Rabbi accuses education body of targeting Jewish schools

At an acrimonious meeting in the London borough of Hackney this week, Rabbi Avraham Pinter, above, attacked Ofsted inspectors, saying that it was “offensive and very patronising” to suggest ultra-Orthodox children attending illegal schools were not getting ‘the best’. In response to concerns about the physical safety of children in illegal schools voiced at a Hackney […]

Creationist Ben Carson won’t be in Trump’s administration

A large swathe of Americans can breathe easier today in the knowledge that Christian fundamentalist Ben Carson will not be part of President-elect Trump’s administration. Last week, it was widely reported that Carson was shortlisted to be Education Secretary, but later he was offered the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. However, this […]