Sandy Rashty

Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.

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SNP pledge to back independent Palestinian state

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

The Scottish National Party manifesto has pledged to “call on the next UK government to support the formal recognition of a Palestinian state”.

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Jews should vote for us because we're pro-migrants, says Green Party leader

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

I have come to meet Green leader Natalie Bennett at her new office in Kentish Town, above a café which plays Marvin Gaye and Jackie Mittoo as customers pick up laid-out copies of the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mirror and Camden New Journal.

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Ros Altmann to be minister for consumer rights if Tories win election

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Ros Altmann will be a Tory peer if the Conservatives are elected to government.

The Prime Minister said she would sit “at the heart of government” as the minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education.

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Green leader Natalie Bennett backs cultural boycott of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the JC on Friday.

Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy.

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Green candidate calls Israel ‘racist and apartheid state’

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the Green Party to condemn a parliamentary candidate, after she called Israel “a racist and apartheid state” this week.

Tanya Williams, the Green candidate for Twickenham, made the comments at an Amnesty International hustings on Tuesday.

According to the news website SW Londoner, she said: “[Israel is] a racist state and an apartheid state.

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The monster who was my grandad

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Jennifer Teege says she will never forget meeting Ari Nornberg, a Holocaust survivor. While promoting her book in Tel Aviv this year, she spotted him sitting “two meters in front of me” in the packed room.

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Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.

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Relief at Hatton Garden heist escape

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

A retired Jewish diamond dealer has described his relief that his valuables were overlooked by the thieves who carried out the Hatton Garden safety deposit heist.

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Students fund lawyer for Palestinian children

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Jewish students have helped raise more than £15,000 for a lawyer to represent Palestinian minors interrogated by Israeli officials.

Around 30 university students took part in fund-raising activities for Kids Court in Conflict, a campaign run by the youth branch of the left-leaning Yachad group.

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UK’s biggest Yom Hashoah

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Sir Peter Bazalgette, who leads the Prime Minister’s United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, will speak at what is set to be the UK’s largest national Yom Hashoah memorial event on Sunday.

More than 3,000 tickets have been booked for the “Remember Together — We are One” commemoration at the Allianz Park stadium in north London.

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Bergen Belsen survivor recalls moment of liberation

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2015

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp Bergen Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division of the British Army, Holocaust survivors and witnesses rallied to tell their stories.

Holocaust survivor Judy Rosenzweig remembers the moment British troops liberated the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.

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Missing Stamford Hill girl found safe

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2015

A teenager was tracked down by Jewish security group Shomrim after she went missing yesterday evening.

The 16-year-old from Stamford Hill was described as “high risk” and “special needs”.

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Jews are fearful of Muslims, says Ukip leader Nigel Farage

By Sandy Rashty, April 13, 2015

British Jews are fearful of Muslims living in the country, according to Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Farage claimed that the Jewish community’s concern was prompted by the antisemitic attacks in France.

The Ukip leader refused to condemn comments made by Ukip’s candidate for Hendon, Raymond Shamash.

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BBC documentary maker takes us Inside Harley Street

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

If you had asked a few years ago what people associated with Harley Street, you would most likely have had very different answers to the same question today.

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Rabbi says voting is our religious duty

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

A senior rabbi has called on all British Jews to exercise their “religious duty to vote” at the general election.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said it was incumbent on Jews to use their ballot to block extremist groups.

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Businesses count cost after thieves strike in Hatton Garden

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2015

Dozens of Jewish businesses could be counting the cost after thieves emptied around 300 safety deposit boxes in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.

Police were called to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd business this morning after reports of a burglary over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The building is also used for office space, according to local employees.

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Friends groups will work to resist boycott efforts

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

The founder of a new grassroots group has claimed it will combat Scotland's "vicious" anti-Israel movement.

Nigel Goodrich oversaw the launch of Edinburgh Friends of Israel on Sunday, with around 200 people - the majority not Jewish - attending its inaugural conference.

Mr Goodrich said: "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Israel boycott movement in Scotland are vicious.

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Hotplate inspection shows risk

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

An emergency services group has urged community members to buy "only the latest models of hotplates" after a mass pre-Pesach inspection found that close on 40 per cent were a fire hazard.

British Friends of Zaka recruited firemen and electricians to examine 1,150 hotplates in London and Essex homes in the wake of the death of seven children in a Brooklyn fire ignited by a faulty hotplate last w

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Gaza man says he was tricked into selling Banksy work for £120

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

A work by British graffiti artist Banksy was sold for less than £120 after a family from Gaza underestimated its worth.

The mural of a Greek goddess Niobe was painted on a door by Banksy during a visit to Gaza City in February. The image was made to highlight the destruction of buildings and homes in Gaza after Operation Protective Edge last summer.

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