Sandy Rashty

Family's agony over plight of missing soldier

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2016

On a main road adjacent to Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, protestors have gathered.

Around 20 people are standing near the Israeli Prime Minister's residence, calling for the government to retrieve the body of Sergeant Oron Shaul, of the Golani infantry brigade, who went missing in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge two years ago last month.

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Ros Altmann: 'I felt like I was in detention'

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2016

Ros Altmann has described her time as David Cameron's Pensions Minister as "the most terrible experience", and claimed that her health suffered because of the stress of being "silenced" by government officials.

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The banker who bats for charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

Sir Victor Blank is no stranger to political and economic chaos. When the world's economy crashed, he was at the eye of the storm, eventually quitting as chairman of Lloyd's TSB, after heavy criticism over the bank's disastrous takeover of HBOS in 2008, although some argued that he carried the can for his executives.

Now he's surveying the result of the Brexit referendum with dismay.

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My sweet sixteen Israel tour disgrace

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

I have a confession to make.

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Ken Livingstone accuses MPs probing antisemitism of being obsessed with Hitler

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone has submitted a written statement to the Home Affairs committee’s inquiry into antisemitism.

The submission, published today, comes after he gave evidence in person earlier this month and names “Hitler” 11 times.

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Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.

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David Cameron announces his decision to step down after EU referendum

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2016

Communal bodies have paid tribute to David Cameron after he announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister of the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the decision outside Downing Street at around 8:15am this morning.

The announcement came after Britain voted to leave the European Union, by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent.

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'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some

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Agent to the oligarchs

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

Gary Hersham, otherwise known as the estate agent to the super-rich is the man that foreign buyers come to when they want to splash out millions of pounds on a Mayfair mansion. Diamond tycoon Lev Leviev and oligarch Roman Abramovich have him to thank for finding their London homes - and many other properties too.

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Frum businessman ‘bribed police’

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

An Orthodox businessman has been accused of paying corrupt New York police officers thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force".

Jeremy Reichberg, who is at the centre of the scandal, is suspected of bribing officers with cash, Super Bowl tickets, free flights to Las Vegas on a private jet and prostitutes in exchange for numerous police services.

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Three charged in US after couple ‘paid debt with daughter’

By Sandy Rashty, June 21, 2016

American police have charged an ex-Amish couple for allegedly “gifting” their teenage daughter to a man.

Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus have been accused of giving their 14-year-old daughter to Lee Kaplan, 51, who is Jewish, after he helped save their farm by providing financial support four years ago.

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Andrew Marr pays tribute to Jo Cox at Norwood charity event

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A moment of silence was held to mark the death of Jo Cox at the Norwood charity property lunch this afternoon.

More than 800 guests at the central London event paid their respects to the Labour MP, who was shot and stabbed in a shock attack yesterday.

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Ort finds Jimmy Choos a perfect fit

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

As the only male guest in a room of more than 80 women, Adam Overlander-Kaye was struggling to get a word in edgeways.

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Injured soldier thanks support charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A severely injured Israeli war veteran helped by the Beit Halochem UK charity told his story at a dinner at The Dorchester where the 400 guests raised £900,000.

Omer Levi, 28, had been discharged from the IDF in 2011. But as a reservist, he was called back as an evacuation commander during the 2014 Gaza conflict. On the Gaza border, he was hit by a mortar shell fired by Hamas.

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Jewish community expresses shock and sadness at killing of Jo Cox

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

Jewish communal leaders have paid tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was shot and stabbed in a shock attack in her constituency on Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, was attacked after a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

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Ken Livingstone says his grandmother's name could be Jewish. So what is in a name?

By Sandy Rashty, June 16, 2016

What’s in a name?

Well, a lot.

This week, Ken Livingstone told the JC he might have Jewish roots – on his mother’s side too.

Why so, you might ask?

Well, he claims that his maternal grandmother had a Jewish name – Zona.

So what’s Jewish about such a name?

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'I was crying, my heart was pumping'

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

When Viki Silver moved to Israel she anticipated rocket attacks, but never thought she would have to face shootings on the streets of Tel Aviv.

As two Palestinian terrorists fired at diners in the Max Brenner restaurant, an attack which left four dead and 17 injured last Wednesday night, the 27-year-old from Liverpool was just around the corner in her apartment.

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Ken Livingstone: 'I could be Jewish'

By Sandy Rashty, June 16, 2016

Ken Livingstone has claimed he might have Jewish roots.

The former Mayor of London, who has been suspended from the Labour Party for arguing that Hitler supported Zionism, told the JC he might have Jewish ancestry on his mother's side.

Asked to name a Jewish friend, he cited the late Lord Janner, a one-time fellow Labour MP.

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'You're a pin-up for prejudice', Labour MP Chuka Umunna tells Ken Livingstone at Commons' committee hearing

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2016

Ken Livingstone has refused to apologise for his comments on Hitler and Zionism.

Giving evidence at a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on antisemitism this afternoon, he ignored repeated offers from committee members to retract the controversial comments he made during a radio interview in April. He had claimed that Hitler supported Zionism.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders condemn Orlando mass-shooting

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the terror attack at a lesbian and gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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