The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Wil­ton’s Mu­sic Hall is sit­u­ated in Grace’s Al­ley within 100 yards or so of the junc­tion of Cable Street and Dock Street where the Mosley march was stopped and rerouted in Oc­to­ber 1936.

At that time, Wil­ton’s build­ing was a Methodist mis­sion, known as the Ma­hogany Bar Mis­sion. If any of your read­ers have sto­ries of fam­ily mem­bers re­ceiv­ing first aid or shel­ter­ing in our build­ing on that day, or have any other sto­ries con­nected with Wil­ton’s dur­ing its long his­tory as a pub, mu­sic hall, mis­sion, rag ware­house and present-day theatre, we would be de­lighted to hear from them. Ca­role Zei­d­man Wil­ton’s Mu­sic Hall, Graces Al­ley, Lon­don E1 8JB

IN LAST week’s JC, Daniel Green­berg con­sid­ered a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill cur­rently be­fore the House of Lords that seeks to ad­dress con­cerns em­a­nat­ing from re­ported prac­tices of cer­tain Sharia courts in the UK. These con­cerns fo­cus on three mat­ters: dis­crim­i­na­tion against women, and the un­der­min­ing thereby of an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion leg­is­la­tion; the use of such courts for the res­o­lu­tion of mat­ters of a crim­i­nal or fam­ily na­ture (for the hear­ing of which sec­u­lar courts al­ready ex­ist); and “ju­ris­dic­tion by co­er­cion” — mean­ing that mem­bers of the UK’s Is­lamic com­mu­ni­ties are some­times per­suaded to sub­mit to the ju­ris­dic­tion of a Sharia tri­bunal through fear of re­li­gious sanc­tions.

The legal au­thor­ity upon which Sharia courts op­er­ate is the Ar­bi­tra­tion Act of 1996, which pro­vides for the legally bind­ing con­sen­sual res­o­lu­tion of dis­putes out­side the sec­u­lar court sys­tem.

Mr Green­berg took the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by the tabling of the cur­rent pri­vate mem­ber’s bill to spot­light cer­tain prac­tices in Jewish re­li­gious courts, bas­ing them­selves upon the same Act of 1996.

He specif­i­cally drew our at­ten­tion to “ju­ris­dic­tion creep” — the use, or per­haps abuse — of the Act to re­solve mat­ters that are of­ten of a crim­i­nal

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