Sandy Rashty

Baby killing probably won’t spark third intifada, says Israel’s deputy PM

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2015

Israel’s deputy prime minister has warned that there may be “unrest” after the attack on a Palestinian family in the West Bank – but has ruled out a third Intifada.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Israel’s chief Palestinian negotiator, condemned the attack on a Palestinian family in Douma the early hours of Friday, in which a one-and-a-half year old baby was killed.

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Ex-IDF chief questioned

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

Israel's former head of military intelligence was questioned by UK immigration officers when he landed at Heathrow airport.

Amos Yadlin, a director of the Institute for National Security Studies, said he was detained for 10 minutes.

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The Ladies who Lunch: We're raising our profile - and funds

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

It all started with the women of Wizo, founded in 1918, who in the intervening near-century have raised tens of millions for Israel's most needy.

Generations of women have come together in support of the welfare organisation and it was once considered the charity for "ladies who lunch".

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Israel’s deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom opens London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

Israel’s deputy prime minister opened the London Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Israel’s interior minister and responsible for Palestinian relations in the cabinet, was joined by business leaders from the UK and Israel as he opened the London trading market.

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Britain freed ‘hundreds’ of WW2 Nazis

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2015

Britain released “hundreds” of suspected Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust, according to a leading historian.

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Winds whip up large forest fire near Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2015

Israeli firefighters are battling to put out a “growing” blaze near Jerusalem.

The fire was ignited in the Beit Shemesh area, east of Jerusalem, on Friday afternoon.

Authorities have said that the fire, which started in the Ya’ar Ha’Nasi forest, is: “Growing at a tremendous rate due to strong winds”.

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Jewish Care volunteer honoured by David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

An 83-year-old grandmother has received the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award for her voluntary work.

Barbara Waterman, from Hendon, north-west London, received the award, which recognises outstanding volunteers, for her work at Stepney Jewish Community Centre in east London – which has a declining Jewish community.

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Interview: Natalie Joel

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

You might recognise Natalie Joel from Channel 4's award-winning reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

She walked into the show, which follows the lives of south-west London's trendy folk in their twenties, as the 5ft 2ins girlfriend of the much taller show favourite Hugo Taylor, who towers above her at 6ft 3ins.

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Red tape could mean closure of Eilat hotel favoured by UK tourists

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

A hotel in Eilat which has long been a favourite with British tourists and celebrities is under threat of closure.

The British-owned Princess Hotel could shut down in October. Marlon Tesler, the son of philanthropist Alexander Tesler, who built the hotel in 1992, said "over-bureaucracy" was at the heart of the problem.

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Football club threatens JC over Israeli player

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion football club has attempted to suppress a report about its Israeli player, Tomer Hemed, posing for photographs with pro-Israel activists.

Mr Hemed spotted the small group of Israeli flag-waving demonstrators in the city centre last weekend. They were attending a regular fortnightly protest.

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Nazi-hunter calls for arrest of Danish 90-year-old who was ‘SS member’

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2015

A leading Nazi-hunter has called on the Danish government to arrest a 90-year-old suspected war criminal.

Efraim Zuroff, Israel director of the Wiesenthal Centre, submitted a claim against Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who now calls himself Helmuth Rasboel, on Tuesday afternoon.

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Israel supporters forced to leave trade union festival over safety fears

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2015

Pro-Israel activists were forced to pack up their stand at a trade union event in Bournemouth after being harassed by supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Members of the Bournemouth Action for Israel (Bafi) grassroots group have claimed that their stand was defaced and they were verbally abused by PSC supporters at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival last weekend.

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Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.

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EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv forced to make emergency landing in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

An easyJet flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday.

The flight, which was carrying 182 passengers, including 36 children and six babies, landed in Berlin after half the cabin crew fell ill.

All passengers were checked by paramedics “as a precaution only”. Four people were examined in hospital.

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Britain failed to prosecute ‘book-keeper of Auschwitz’ Oskar Gröning in 1947, researchers reveal

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

Oskar Gröning, the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” who was jailed this week, escaped prosecution in Britain in 1947, it has been revealed.

Gröning, now aged 94, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

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Join the police, urges Chief Rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, July 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has encouraged more Jewish men and women to join the police force.

He said British Jews should "be part of that protection force, for all of our society".

Rabbi Mirvis made the comments on Wednesday at his annual conference for rabbis from around the country.

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Paris family attacked and robbed at gunpoint ‘because they are Jewish’

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A Jewish family in Paris was attacked and robbed because of their religion, an antisemitism watchdog has confirmed.

The family, who own a jewellery shop in Paris, were attacked and tied up by three masked men of African descent holding handguns on Wednesday morning.

The son was said to suffer from “serious injuries” and was treated in hospital along with his parents.

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BBC stands by mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

The BBC has stood by its decision to mistranslate the Arabic word for “Jew” as “Israeli” in subtitles on a Gaza documentary.

In interviews with Palestinian children on the Children of the Gaza War documentary, which aired last week, references to “yahud” (Arabic for “Jew”) were subtitled as “Israeli”.

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Art dealer's 'ambulance chasers' Holocaust restitution jibe criticised

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A leading art dealer has been criticised for comparing the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust to “ambulance chasing”.

Julian Agnew, former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, said the campaign was comparable to lawyers who encourage victims to take litigious action.

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Exclusive: Reform rabbis approve streamlined conversion process

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2015

People with a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother will no longer have to undergo a full conversion process, the UK Assembly of Reform Rabbis has decided today.

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