Sandy Rashty

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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Jewish suspects ‘confess’ to murder of Arab teen

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2014

Three of the six Jewish suspects who were arrested in connection to the kidnap and killing of a Palestinian teenager have reportedly confessed to the crime.

The burnt body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was discovered last Wednesday.

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Violence as Arab teenager is buried in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, July 4, 2014

A riot erupted in East Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair was buried this afternoon.

Thousands of people attended the 17-year-old’s funeral near Shuafat after his burnt body was discovered on Wednesday morning, according to reports.

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Financier Alan Howard gives £5 million to help state students

By Sandy Rashty, July 4, 2014

A British-Jewish financier has donated £5 million to a project that brings private school teachers to state school students.

Alan Howard, the wealthiest hedge-fund manager in the UK who is worth an estimated £1.6 billion, has given the money to the United Learning Partnership Fund. It is believed to be the largest ever single donation to benefit children in state education.

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Ahmed Tibi outburst at the Knesset on Wednesday

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014
MK Ahmed Tibi was challenged after an outburst at MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid) on Wednesday. The United Arab List member verbally attacked MK Calderon after she asked him to "finish".

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Help needy to earn their living says charity head

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

Needy communities should be taught how to fend for themselves or risk dying out.

That is the warning from Debra Brunner, the woman behind The Together Plan which launched last year to teach leadership and business skills to Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union.

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SodaStream shop closes in Brighton after boycott row

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

The Israeli-owned EcoStream shop in Brighton has closed in the wake of weekly boycott protests.

EcoStream, which sold SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, was boarded up on Monday. This time last year, the management had reported a 40 per cent rise in sales.

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Less backing for Islamic extremism and religious violence

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

Support for Islamic extremism and suicide bombings is down in countries with significant Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Centre.

The survey, released this week, shows that support for suicide bombings has dropped by 16 per cent in the Palestinian territories over the past year - from 62 per cent to 46 per cent.

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Sparks fly at Tinder over 'sex harassment' messages

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

Dating app Tinder is being sued for sexual harassment and discrimination after the company's former marketing head claimed that two executives - both of Iranian-Jewish descent - mistreated her.

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'Predatory' firm gets boot

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

An unnamed Israeli cosmetics company has been ordered out of several shopping centres in New Zealand after a TV show alleged that its staff have used heavy-handed tactics.

News show Campbell Live claimed last Friday that employees of the company that sells products under the name "Dead Sea Spa" were using "predatory" sales techniques.

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Bodies of kidnapped teenagers found

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Police have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas activists three weeks ago.

This evening Israeli authorities confirmed reports that the human remains found earlier this evening were indeed the bodies of the abducted teenagers.

The security cabinet convened an emergency meeting as the IDF boosted its military presence around Hebron.

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Israeli security officers sacked over kidnapping

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Israeli security officers have been dismissed after an investigative body found a “serious failure of conduct” on the night three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas insurgents.

The investigative committee, which released its report today, found that operators monitoring the police emergency hotline had mishandled the phone call on the night of the kidnapping.

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A day at the races? No, we’re filming a BBC thriller about the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

I’m on set with the stars of the BBC’s latest political thriller, The Honourable Woman, which deals with the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the lives of the Stein family. As the story goes, the Steins once ran a lucrative Zionist arms procurement company under the watch of patriarch Eli Stein, who came to Britain as a Holocaust refugee in 1939.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Two teenagers arrested over Manchester cemetery desecration

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Two teenagers have been arrested after a Jewish cemetery in Manchester was desecrated.

The attack at the Rochdale Road cemetery – in which swastikas covered tombstones and 40 headstones were pushed over, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage – was described as “sickening” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

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Women call for greater role in Orthodox life

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

A leading feminist has claimed that institutional "control" prevents women from having an active role in Orthodox Jewish life.

Blu Greenberg, the American founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), addressed more than 150 men and women at their second UK conference on Sunday.

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UK-Israel ties spark a record trade year

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

MPs and business leaders celebrated a record-breaking year of bilateral trade at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday.

Deals worth more than $2 billion were struck between the two countries in the first four months of this year - a 6.5 per cent increase on the same period last year.

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Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.

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