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Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.

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Nikki Gewirtz, the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite Jewish princess

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Nikki Gewirtz never wanted a career, but this week the designer behind a multi-million pound business received an MBE for services to jewellery design.

“Not bad for a girl who never wanted to go to school or work — from being a normal Jewish Princessy type of girl, I now have to deal with legal letters.”

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Israel companies profit from popularity on London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

More Israeli companies were listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than from any other foreign country in 2014, it was announced this week.

UK investors attending a summit at the LSE on Monday were told that interest in Israeli companies had grown steadily.

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‘Jews were scapegoats’ in Guinness scandal, claims peer

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Lord Mandelson has backed a call for a public inquiry into the Guinness scandal, arguing that the Jewish businessmen jailed over the affair were scapegoats.

In 1990, Ernest Saunders, Tony Parnes, Sir Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in inflating the value of Guinness shares and all, except Sir Jack, were jailed.

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Former England boss Terry Venables’s latest selection – a team of Israel high-tech companies

By Sandy Rashty, January 27, 2015

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman and Terry Venables, the former England manager, have chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to participate in a business delegation to the UK.

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Money Mensch Martin Lewis victim of commuter rage

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

Journalist Martin Lewis was a victim of “commuter outrage” on his way to work on Wednesday, he has revealed on his Facebook page.

Mr Lewis, who writes a money-saving tips Money Mensch column in the JC, was attacked by the entrance of Waterloo station.

He wrote: “Feeling slightly shaken having just been a victim of commuter rage.

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Dr Nissim Levy used to search for E.T - then his career took off

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Dr Nissim Levy once had a promising career in science.

A chemistry specialist, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion graduate worked as a senior researcher for NASA.

There, he worked in the department for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, where he became an expert on "life in the universe and life here".

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Israeli cyber security experts to promote UK trade ties

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A delegation of Israeli cyber security companies will travel to London next month in a bid to further bilateral trade ties.

Representatives from 10 leading companies, which specialise in the protection of national infrastructure from water to energy and transportation, will meet UK counterparts on the three day visit from February 3.

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Olmert website is smash hit

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

A website started by the son of a former Israeli prime minister provided the most popular content on Facebook last month.

PlayBuzz, founded in 2012 by Ehud Olmert’s son Shaul, had 8.7 million quizzes, list articles and polls shared by Facebook users, putting it ahead of sites like Fox News and the BBC.

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Boycott fears dismissed as trade hits record high

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The impact of boycotts against Israel has been overstated by activists opposing them, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv believes.

As bilateral trade between the UK and Israel hit a record high, Matthew Gould said: “Collectively, opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement end up amplifying its voice.

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