Sandy Rashty

Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.

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Thousands expected at London pro-Israel rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Thousands of Israel supporters are expected to attend a rally outside the country’s embassy in central London on Sunday.

The two-hour event, led by the Zionist Federation (ZF) and backed by 60 organisations, will recreate the sirens heard by Israeli citizens since Operation Protective Edge began last week. Deactivated missiles will also be on display.

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Developer quits Reform

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2014

Pamela Goldsmith stepped down this week at the Movement for Reform Judaism after three years directing its community development projects.

Ms Goldsmith, who has more than 20 years' experience in private consulting, said she "wished to return to a role that I thoroughly enjoyed - my reasons were not financial".

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Woman removed from plane after Gaza war row

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

A Jewish woman was thrown off an American airline after a heated row with a Palestinian passenger about the conflict in Gaza.

Lisa Rosenberg was asked to leave the jetBlue flight from Palm Beach to New York after a heated row with a Palestinian woman, who was alleged to have called Ms Rosenberg “a Zionist pig” after overhearing her phone call.

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Israel says yes to ceasefire – Hamas says no

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

Israel has agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas but the Gaza terror group has decided to continue its offensive.

A leader from Hamas’s armed wing has reportedly claimed that there would be no ceasefire until the group has been consulted on the “full terms” of a ceasefire agreement.

A ceasefire deal was brokered in Cairo between high-ranking Israeli and Palestinian officials.

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Missing teenager found in central London

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2014

Police have found the Jewish teenager who had been missing since Friday.

Asher Sekenofsky, 15, had not been seen since leaving his home in Edgware, north west London, at 7.30pm on Friday.

He was spotted at around midday today on Tottenham Court Road, central London, by a volunteer for community security group Shomrim.

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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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