Tyre slashing was criminal damage but not antisemitic attack, jury decides – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2015 in criminal damage, Judaism, news, religiously aggravated offences, sentencing by sally

‘Leaders of one of the UK’s largest Jewish communities have welcomed the conviction of a man over a wave of criminal damage incidents involving cars in north-east London last year.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2015

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Siblings of different faiths in high court row over mother’s funeral – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2015 in bereavement, burials and cremation, Church of England, families, Judaism, news by sally

‘A brother and sister who follow different faiths have gone to the high court to settle a dispute over how to conduct their mother’s funeral.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2015

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Centre cancels ‘illegal’ women-only screening of film by Jewish director – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2015 in artistic works, equality, Judaism, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘A Jewish community centre in north west London has cancelled plans to show the controversial Israeli drama Gift of Fire after admitting proposals to ban men from a screening were most likely illegal under UK equality laws.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2015

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Jewish woman wins £16k damages over Shabbat row – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 1st, 2015 in damages, employment, Judaism, news, religious discrimination by michael

‘A Jewish woman has won £16,000 damages from a car rental firm after it rejected her job application because her religion prevents her from working on Saturdays.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2015

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Punish hate crime on social media with internet asbos, say MPs – The Guardian

‘Social media users who persistently spread racial hatred online should be given “internet asbos” blocking them from sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to an MPs’ report that examines the rising levels of antisemitism in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2015

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Comic behind West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture banned from UK – Daily Telegraph

‘The comedian who is said to have invented the quenelle gesture, which is seen by many as anti-semitic, has been banned from entering the country as Nicolas Anelka could be given a five match ban.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2014

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Anti-Semitic teacher loses tribunal claim that his views are a legitimate ‘philosophical belief’ – The Independent

“A primary school teacher sacked after allegations of anti-Semitic abuse has lost his attempt to argue that his views were a ‘philosophical belief’ covered under the Equality Act.”

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The Independent, 5th July 2013

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Religious courts and Sharia divorce – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 5th, 2013 in arbitration, children, courts, divorce, financial provision, Judaism, news, residence orders by tracey

“If you glanced at the front page of The Times for 1 February, with its headline ‘High Court opens way to Sharia divorces’, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the court had made some important pronouncement on the role of Sharia (Islamic law) in divorce proceedings. The story’s first paragraph would also have led you naturally to that conclusion. ‘The prospect of divorce cases being settled by Sharia and religious courts’, it says, ‘has been opened up by landmark legal decision.’ So it would have come as a bit of a jolt to read the start of the next paragraph: ‘A Jewish couple have had their divorce settlement under Beth Din, rabbinical law, approved by the High Court.’ As this indicates, the case (AI v MT [2013] EWHC 100 (Fam)) says nothing whatsoever about Sharia.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th February 2013

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Court opens way to divorces by Sharia? Hold on a minute…- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 4th, 2013 in arbitration, child abduction, consent orders, divorce, Judaism, news by tracey

“AI v MT [2013] EWHC 100 (Fam). The Times (amongst others) today deserves a spell on the legal naughty step. Its headline announces that a judge’s decision ‘opens way to divorces by Sharia’. One might expect therefore to find that the judgment giving rise to the headline – the decision of Baker J in the Family Court in AI v MT – was about Sharia law, or otherwise had something to do with it. In fact the judgment concerned a Jewish divorce under the auspices of the Beth Din, and had nothing to do with Sharia at all.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st February 2013

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Religious Marriages: Staying a decree absolute in order to increase the chances of obtaining a religious divorce – Family Law Week

Posted January 18th, 2013 in divorce, islamic law, Judaism, marriage, news by tracey

“Charlotte Rachael Proudman, a barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings, provides legal guidance on the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, Section 10A, used in religious marital cases to speed up the process of obtaining religious divorces.”

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Family Law Week, 17th January 2013

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In the Name of God: deciding a child’s education and Re G (Children) – Family Law Week

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in children, education, Judaism, news, parental rights by sally

“Karwan Eskerie, barrister, of 1 Crown Office Row considers Munby J’s judgment in Re G (Children) where the court had to decide between the ultra orthodox Jewish parents’ conflicting wishes for their child’s education.”

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Family Law Week, 21st October 2012

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In re G (Children: Religious upbringing) – WLR Daily

Posted October 11th, 2012 in appeals, education, Judaism, law reports, parental rights by sally

In re G (Children: Religious upbringing) [2012] EWCA Civ 1233; [2012] WLR (D) 265

“In a case in which a marriage had irretrievably broken down, and the parents were unable to agree as to the precise religious nature of their children’s future education, care was required in looking to the welfare of the children and weighing up the relevant factors.”

WLR Daily, 4th October 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

In the name of God: ultra-orthodox Jewish education not in children’s best interest, rules Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 11th, 2012 in appeals, education, Judaism, news, parental rights by sally

“What is happiness? If you thought this most philosophical inquiry was beyond the remit of the judicial system then you should read this case.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th October 2012

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Father has no ‘sacred right’ over education of children, rules judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 5th, 2012 in children, education, Judaism, news, parental rights by tracey

“The days are gone when fathers held exclusive power over their children’s education, a judge ruled yesterday in rejecting the objections of an ultra-orthodox Jewish father to his ex-wife’s choice of schools for their children.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2012

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Suffer the little children to come unto me – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2012 in children, Christianity, Judaism, news, parental rights by tracey

“Should a 10-year-old Jewish girl be baptised against her mother’s wishes? Judge Platt handed down an empathetic judgment last week.”

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The Guardian, 8th August 2012

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Judge decides that Jewish girl could be baptised – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 6th, 2012 in children, Christianity, divorce, Judaism, judiciary, jurisdiction, news, parental rights by sally

“Judges have to get involved in disputes on divorce, of which the current case is an exquisitely difficult example. Its facts are very simple. C was 10. Her parents and grandparents are Jewish. Her father is a Christian convert, and C wanted to be baptised. Her mother did not want this. She said father had brainwashed C, and it was premature. Mother went to court to stop any baptism proceeding until C was 16. The Court could not simply wash its hands of the case; that would encourage self-help taken by one or other parent, to the lasting resentment of the other.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th August 2012

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Girl of 10 can choose to convert from Judaism to Christianity, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 3rd, 2012 in children, Christianity, families, Judaism, news by tracey

“The schoolgirl’s divorced parents were ‘at war’ over her desire to be baptised at the church her father, himself a convert, now attends. But at the end of an unusual case a judge has ruled that she is mature enough to choose her religion, and alongside his judgment wrote a personal letter to the girl explaining his decision.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2012

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Gay weddings to be allowed in church – The Independent

“Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

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R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and another (United Synagogue and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted December 17th, 2009 in Judaism, law reports, race discrimination, school admissions by sally

R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and another (United Synagogue and others intervening) [2009] UKSC 15; [2009] WLR (D) 366

“A Jewish school which, in the event of the school being oversubscribed, gave priority to children who were recognised as Jews according to the tenets of Orthodox Judaism, ie the children of mothers who were Jews by either birth or conversion, was operating a policy which discriminated on the grounds of ethnic origin and, therefore, constituted racial discrimination under s 1(1)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Another, United Synagogue and Others intervening – Times Law Reports

Posted December 17th, 2009 in Judaism, law reports, race discrimination, school admissions by sally

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Another, United Synagogue and Others intervening

Supreme Court

“The admissions policy of a Jewish school which gave priority, in the event of oversubscription, to children who were recognised as Jews under the standard Orthodox test of matrilineal descent, someone whose mother was a Jew either by birth or conversion, was discriminatory on the ground of ethnic origin and was thus racial discrimination.”

The Times, 17th December 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk