Sandy Rashty

Palestinian FA drops bid to suspend Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2015

The Jewish Leadership Council has applauded the decision to drop the proposal to suspend the Israel Football Association at the Fifa Congress.

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Anger as Peres exits ZF dinner for sushi supper

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2015

Shimon Peres skipped the kosher main course at the Zionist Federation gala dinner to dine at a central London Japanese restaurant, the JC understands.

The former Israel president - who is believed to have been paid a six-figure sum to attend last week's fundraiser - left immediately after conducting an on-stage interview with an Israeli-Arab journalist in front of the 900 guests.

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We were the youngest survivors

By Sandy Rashty, May 26, 2015

They were three Jewish women carrying one big secret. Priska Lowenbeinova, Rachel Friedman and Anka Nathanova never met but they all shared one thing in common: they were pregnant when they were captured by the Nazis.

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Lawrence backs JWA’s help for the ‘voiceless’

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2015

Justice campaigner Baroness Lawrence urged more than 300 guests at a Jewish Women's Aid lunch to support the "voiceless within our community".

Baroness Lawrence - who campaigned for police reforms following the murder of her son, Stephen, in 1993 - was the guest speaker at the central London event, which raised more than £150,000 for the domestic violence charity.

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It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.

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Lib Dem Tim Farron says Israel was 'disproportionate' over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

In an earlier version of this story, we wrongly quoted Mr Farron as describing David Ward as "a good MP", omitting the word "constituency".
We apologise for the error.

The frontrunner in the race to be leader of the Liberal Democrats has described Israel’s actions during the Gaza war as “disproportionate”.

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Robert Wistrich, scholar of antisemitism, dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

Robert Wistrich, the academic who led the battle against antisemitism, has died.

He suffered a heart attack in Rome on Tuesday night, where he was set to address the Italian Senate on rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Shimon Peres, a true legend

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Every year, communal organisations compete to secure the services of a top speaker who will bring in the crowds, and as a result, the big bucks.

On Sunday night, the Zionist Federation pulled in a 900-person crowd, who flocked to the central London Grosvenor Hotel (at £250 a head) to hear guest speaker Shimon Peres in conversation with Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish.

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Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.

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Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Film festival 'will never return to the Tricycle'

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will not return to the Tricycle Theatre, despite the venue's public apology for boycotting the event, the JC understands.

A source close to festival organisers said the apology had not gone far enough and had been motivated by financial concerns.

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This is for all those 'useless' mothers

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

There was nothing Mandy Haberman could do to feed her baby - she felt "redundant and useless as a mother". Her youngest daughter Emily was born in 1980 with a syndrome that made it difficult, if not impossible, to latch on to a breast or bottle to feed.

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Interview: Sir Ralph Kohn

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

Ralph Kohn still remembers the moment his ship docked at Liverpool - the moment he came to the UK as a child fleeing Nazi persecution with nothing but the clothes on his back.

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After JFS, students have a responsibility to protect our schools

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2015

While they were pelting classmates with eggs, pulling a security fence out of place, trashing toilets, spraying graffiti on public and school property, did the student vandals ever consider the impact their actions would have on JFS – and more importantly, state-funded faith schools across the country?

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Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.

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EE acts after employee called Jews ‘arrogant’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

British mobile phone operator EE has said “appropriate action” has been taken after an employee described Jews as “arrogant”.

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Lord Sugar quits as Labour peer due to ‘disillusionment’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Lord Sugar has resigned from the Labour Party saying he was disillusioned with its “anti-enterprise” policies.

The business tycoon, who has been associated with the party for 18 years, resigned after Labour’s general election defeat on Friday.

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Meet the new Mad Men

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Picture this. Two Jewish film-makers sit down for a meal at boulangerie chain Le Pain Quotidien. It is Pesach, so Adam Baroukh and Eddie Sternberg are sifting through the menu for bread-free options.

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Election 2015: Ros Altmann set to take key job in new government

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a key position at the centre of government after the Conservatives' election win was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Ms Altmann will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education. Her appointment, announced during the campaign, was dependent on the Conservatives forming the next government.

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Sent to the headteacher

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

I have been called into the headmaster's office - but this time, it's not for a disciplinary.

For the first time in 15 years, I have been invited to visit my old primary by the man who set up Naima Jewish Preparatory School in 1983.

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