Sandy Rashty

Rocket from Gaza hits Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2014

A rocket has been fired from Gaza to Israel for the third time since the ceasefire was announced this summer.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in the UK confirmed the attack via Twitter today.

The rocket landed in an open area in Eshkol, which is close to the Israel-Gaza border in the south.

No injuries have been reported.

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Interview: Richard Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2014

'Could we please postpone," calls in Richard Young, days before our interview. "I'll be in no fit state to meet then."

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The only way is out for Apprentice star Daniel Lassman

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2014

He wanted to be the Lass-Man standing. Instead, he was one of three shown the door after Lord Sugar's patience ran out with the hapless entrepreneur who had faced him four times in the boardroom.

The 28-year-old Buckhurst Hill Chabad member was fired after one the peer's advisors, fellow Jewish businessman Claude Littner, dismissed his online events plan as "ridiculous".

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Michael Bublé helps former JFS student propose to his girlfriend

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2014
When former JFS student Anthony Goldman took his girlfriend Louisa Kremer to a Michael Bublé concert he planned more than a backstage meeting with the award-winning Canadian performer.

The nervous 25-year-old took the opportunity to interrupt Mr Bublé mid-song, got down on one knee and proposed to a shocked Ms Kremer.

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Happy Chanucah from the Maccabeats: 'All About That Neis'

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2014
American group The Maccabeats are back with All About That Neis - a parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.

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Interview: Jeremy Robson

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Jeremy Robson has published headline-grabbing celebrities-turned-authors, from Muhammad Ali to Joan Collins and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel.

He remembers driving Ali around the UK on a promotional book tour from Oxford to Brixton, describing the Muslim-convert as a man on the look-out for religious debate.

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Sir Derek Jacobi against shul revamp

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Sir Derek Jacobi said he was disappointed after an Orthodox synagogue was granted planning permission to extend its premises.

Last week, Camden Council approved a £12 million plan to redevelop the South Hampstead Synagogue in north-west London.

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Katherine Jenkins’ song for Chanucah

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Katherine Jenkins has released a Chanucah album to mark the first year in which she will celebrate the festival as the wife of Jewish artist Andrew Levitas.

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Palestinian minister dies after West Bank protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

A Palestinian minister has died after clashing with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank today.

Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, appeared to be arguing with IDF soldiers near the Turmusiya village.

One witness claimed he was pushed by soldiers. Others claimed that he was suffocated by tear gas.

Mr Abu Ein died before reaching a hospital in Ramallah.

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David Cameron 'filled with grief' for Holocaust victims on visit to Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

David Cameron lit a candle in memory of six million victims of the Holocaust on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland today.

It was his first visit to the camp as prime minister.

Mr Cameron was accompanied by Jewish Leadership Council head Mick Davis, who is chair of the Holocaust Commission set up by Mr Cameron this year.

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Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.

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It gets my goat when people call UKIP racist

By Sandy Rashty, November 27, 2014

Andrew Reid, treasurer of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), might be described as its perfect spokesman.

A Jewish lawyer and property developer who grew up in Golders Green, it's not easy to tar him with the "every Ukip supporter is a racist and/or swivel-eyed loon" brush that many have wielded ahead of next year's general election.

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Justice for Jews from Arab lands: support grows in UK

By Sandy Rashty, November 27, 2014

"Jews from Arab lands suffered - their story should be told. They weren't just uprooted; their history was uprooted."

So says Florette Hyman, who was born Florette Menir in Cairo, and who came to the UK in 1957 after her family was forced to leave Egypt.

"Everyone is talking about the Palestinian refugees.

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Trailer: Jewish actress Helena Bonham Carter stars in Disney's new Cinderella film

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014
Watch the trailer as Jewish actress Helena Bonham Carter plays Cinderella's Fairy God Mother in the new Disney film.

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Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused

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Etherton to take over at film festival

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

The man behind major culture festivals in the UK, Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv has been named as the next chief executive of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Michael Etherton has organised music and film festivals across the globe since he graduated from Oxford University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Security group advises vigilance around shuls in wake of attacks

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2014

Security levels around UK synagogues have been raised in the wake of the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem shul yesterday and the stabbing of Charedi man in Antwerp on Saturday.

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Baroness Warsi in row over Jerusalem synagogue attack tweets

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2014

Former Cabinet Minister Sayeeda Warsi has compared the terrorists who killed four Jews praying at synagogue in Jerusalem with the Israelis who campaign outside the Al Aqsa mosque.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshipers. Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers.”

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Israel will always be our ally, pledges David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2014

David Cameron has pledged that Israel would always be an ally of Britain while he remained in Downing Street.

Speaking at the annual Norwood dinner on Monday night, which raised a record-breaking £3.6 million for the charity, the Prime Minister said: "Israel is our ally. Israel is our friend. And with me as Prime Minister that will never change."

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