Sandy Rashty

Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

The son of a Jewish cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry, has called on the Mayor of London to “stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city”.

Dr Clive Richards suffered a heart attack after he was struck by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last August. The 67-year-old grandfather, from Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Anger as One Direction are in two minds over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

Two members of the One Direction boy band have split opinion over the war in Gaza.

Singer Zayn Malik was challenged by Israeli fans after he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

His message has been retweeted around 150,000 times by Monday afternoon.

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Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers: Hatton Garden characters make a gem of a documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

In London's prime jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden, doing well in business depends heavily on who you know. Perhaps that is why so many Jewish traders - from the Charedi diamond merchants to secular shop owners - have managed to prosper. An old-school way of doing business persists.

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Rachael Neustadt: "We are together as a family again. Now we just need time to heal"

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Flanked by a child psychologist and court officials, Rachael Neustadt stood nervously at the doorway of a Moscow apartment, praying that the two sons from whom she had been separated for almost two years would be on the other side.

For much of that time, her only contact had been via Skype when the ex-husband who kidnapped them decreed.

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Israel backed by thousands at London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews demonstrated their support at a Zionist Federation (ZF) rally on Sunday.

An estimated 5,000 people - from children to grandparents – showed their solidarity, singing Am Yisrael Chai and the Hatikvah and holding aloft placards demanding an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Game on! for Mr Ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

An estimated 1.5 billion people across the globe were estimated to have watched the opening Commonwealth Games ceremony on Wednesday evening.

And David Zolkwer, the Jewish head of ceremonies, did not disappoint with a show-stopping singing and dancing spectacle, the brainchild of Mr Zolkwer, from Manchester.

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Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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Rachael Neustadt reunited with kidnapped sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish mother has been reunited with her two sons after they were kidnapped by their father in December 2012.

Rachael Neustadt, a former teacher, said she wanted to thank the UK Jewish community for their “prayers” after she was reunited with Daniel Jacob, aged eight, and Jonathan, six.

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Kerry flies in for Gaza peace talks

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has flown to Cairo in a bid to further ceasefire talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Last night, the UN Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire in light of the rising death toll and escalation of violence.

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Thousands turn out to support Israel in London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews flocked to south-west London to show their support at the Zionist Federation (ZF) rally this afternoon.

An estimated 5,000 Israel supporters – many wearing blue and white outfits for the event – held up placards that called for an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis: assisted dying Bill is 'dangerous'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned a Bill which would allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients.

The Assisted Dying Bill, which was due to be debated in the House of Lords today, would permit lethal drugs to be administered to people with less than six months to live.

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Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.

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Thousands expected at London pro-Israel rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Thousands of Israel supporters are expected to attend a rally outside the country’s embassy in central London on Sunday.

The two-hour event, led by the Zionist Federation (ZF) and backed by 60 organisations, will recreate the sirens heard by Israeli citizens since Operation Protective Edge began last week. Deactivated missiles will also be on display.

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Developer quits Reform

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2014

Pamela Goldsmith stepped down this week at the Movement for Reform Judaism after three years directing its community development projects.

Ms Goldsmith, who has more than 20 years' experience in private consulting, said she "wished to return to a role that I thoroughly enjoyed - my reasons were not financial".

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Woman removed from plane after Gaza war row

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

A Jewish woman was thrown off an American airline after a heated row with a Palestinian passenger about the conflict in Gaza.

Lisa Rosenberg was asked to leave the jetBlue flight from Palm Beach to New York after a heated row with a Palestinian woman, who was alleged to have called Ms Rosenberg “a Zionist pig” after overhearing her phone call.

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Israel says yes to ceasefire – Hamas says no

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

Israel has agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas but the Gaza terror group has decided to continue its offensive.

A leader from Hamas’s armed wing has reportedly claimed that there would be no ceasefire until the group has been consulted on the “full terms” of a ceasefire agreement.

A ceasefire deal was brokered in Cairo between high-ranking Israeli and Palestinian officials.

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Missing teenager found in central London

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2014

Police have found the Jewish teenager who had been missing since Friday.

Asher Sekenofsky, 15, had not been seen since leaving his home in Edgware, north west London, at 7.30pm on Friday.

He was spotted at around midday today on Tottenham Court Road, central London, by a volunteer for community security group Shomrim.

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EcoStream supporters will fight on

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have denied that the closure of the Israeli-owned EcoStream store is a victory forboycotters.

The shop, which sold SodaStream products made in a West Bank factory, was closed last week, with SodaStream saying that, after a two-year test period, it had decided to focus its business in other areas.

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Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.

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Gaza rockets interrupt a wedding in Ashdod

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2014
Wedding guests run for shelter in Ashdod as rockets fired from Gaza fly overhead.

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