Sandy Rashty

UN Human Rights Council backs report on 'Gaza war crimes'

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to back a controversial report on the Gaza war.

Friday’s resolution supported the report produced by the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. It had accused Israel and terrorist group Hamas of committing war crimes during the 50 day conflict last summer.

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Paris plans new £7m Jewish hub

By Sandy Rashty, July 2, 2015

French Jews have welcomed plans to build a £7 million cultural centre in Paris.

The new European Centre for Judaism is to include an area for academic studies, a cultural space, a synagogue, conference halls and offices.

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Donna Karan to step down as chief designer of her company

By Sandy Rashty, July 1, 2015

Donna Karan has stepped down as chief designer of the multi-million pound fashion brand she founded more than 30 years ago.

Her decision to leave Donna Karan New York (DKNY) – which is recognised for transforming the working woman’s wardrobe – was announced by the brand on Tuesday.

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London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel expresses regret over Pesach date clash

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2015

The chief executive of the London Marathon has told UK Jewish communal leaders that he “regrets” that the event will coincide with the second night of Passover next year.

Complaints were filed after the dates were announced with many Jewish runner unable to participate - and fundraise for charities - as a result of religious commitments.

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Entrepreneurs offer Israeli health products in bid to reduce NHS costs

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

Israeli entrepreneurs specialising in medical technology have met representatives of the NHS and top British healthcare companies.

The seven entrepreneurs presented the UK groups – including including NHS England and NHS Innovation Accelerator - with innovative products which they said would reduce healthcare costs and could improve the treatment of patients.

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World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.

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Autism has been my life for 30 years and I'm still trying to understand it

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2015

You would never know it from his calm and measured manner, but Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is frustrated with our society.

The director of Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre - is irritated by the way we (and some medical practitioners for that matter) treat people with social disorders.

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‘Golden era’ for UK trade with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 11, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid hailed a "golden era" of business ties between the UK and Israel this week.

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Election jitters pause soaring bilateral trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 11, 2015

Trade between Britain and Israel dipped by almost nine per cent in the first four months of 2015.

According to figures from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, bilateral trade between January and April dropped by 8.96 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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It’s a ‘golden era’ for UK-Israel trade, says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has declared it is a “golden era” for trade between the UK and Israel.

Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night, he told the 250-strong audience: “The past few years have been a golden era - what really excites me are the possibilities for the years that lie ahead.”

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Leading food industry figure Sir Harry Solomon honoured at British Israeli Business awards

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Sir Harry Solomon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night.

He told the 250-strong audience that he was "truly flattered and honoured to have been given the award".

The 78-year-old is best known for founding one of Europe’s largest food businesses in the 1976, Hillsdown Holdings.

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He’s fragile, I was told, we’re not here to put him on trial

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Anyone who has ever been involved in organising a high-profile event — especially one in the Jewish community — will tell you there is always a mishigas going on behind the scenes.

The inaugural Connect event, which hosted disgraced designer John Galliano as guest speaker, was no different.

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Orange chief insists Israel pullout is for commercial reasons

By Sandy Rashty, June 5, 2015

The chief executive of Orange has backtracked after he told a conference in Cairo earlier in the week that he would take the telecoms giant out of Israel “tomorrow”.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronat this morning, Stephane Richard said his comments had been “misunderstood”, adding: “I love Israel”.

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JFS mucked up again, but there is still hope

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

Again, I find myself playing the part of the JC’s token JFS graduate.

Let’s be clear, this paper is not trying to make the school – my school – look bad.

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Nicole Farhi: fashion means nothing, sculpture's my passion

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

Nicole Farhi and I are in her Hampstead sitting room playing with our hair, literally.

She's giving me some tips – and there is no one else I would rather take hair-care lessons from.

Aged 25, she stopped straightening her trademark fiery curls. "I decided, 'that's enough!'" she says in her distinctive French accent.

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Patek Philippe and the Sterns: A Jewish question

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

There we stood, a group of four, gormlessly peering into a glass cabinet which contained the Patek Philippe exhibition’s crowning glory.

The Grandmaster Chime – which is now being displayed at the Saatchi Gallery on London’s King’s Road – is the most complicated wristwatch the luxury Swiss firm has ever made.

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Anti-fascist campaigner Morris Beckman dies

By Sandy Rashty, June 3, 2015

Tributes have been paid to anti-fascist activist Morris Beckman whose funeral took place this week.

Mr Beckman, who died last month aged 94, was one of the founding members of the 43 Group, a group of young Jewish ex-servicemen and women committed to fighting fascism in the UK and abroad.

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We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.

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Jewish fury over Orange CEO’s Israel boycott revelation

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

Jews and pro-Israel activists across the globe have vowed to cancel their Orange contracts after the French telecoms giant’s CEO said he would boycott Israel if he had the chance.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Stéphane Richard said he would end the brand’s relationship with Israel “tomorrow” if he could.

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Board asks Foreign Secretary to raise Jeremiah Duggan case with German authorities

By Sandy Rashty, June 1, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the government to intervene in the case of Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan who died in Germany in mysterious circumstances.

Newly elected Board president Jonathan Arkush has asked Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to raise the matter with German authorities at a “senior level”.

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