Sandy Rashty

Labour members 'in denial' over antisemitism, Board tells Chakrabarti inquiry

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2016

The Board of Deputies has submitted evidence to Shami Chakrabarti’s inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

In its submission, the representative body of British Jews, described the spike in allegations of antisemitism from within the party’s ranks as “deeply disturbing”. It called on its representatives to “set a high bar on anti-racism and discrimination”.

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Community celebrates Queen’s birthday with special Shavuot events

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2016

Events across the community are taking place over the weekend to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, which falls on June 11.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took part in the national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today, attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family.

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Government’s review of UK aid to Palestinians “is not going to cut it”, says Labour Friends of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2016

The chair of Labour Friends of Israel has criticised the government’s internal review of British funding in the Palestinian territories.

Joan Ryan, Labour MP for Enfield North, said government’s probe into how aid from the Department for International Development (DiFD) is used in the region was “simply smoke and mirrors”.

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‘I missed the terror attack only because I decided to have a night in’

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2016

When Liverpool-born Viki Silver moved to Israel five years ago, she knew it was a risk.

She anticipated rocket attacks, but she never thought she would have face to shootings and stabbings on the streets of Tel Aviv.

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Student sets up website to get the young involved in EU debate

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

A former Yavneh College student has launched a political website to engage young people ahead of the EU referendum.

Benji Fisher, who is reading political science at Birmingham University, set up the Just Debate website after he received GPB40,000 in investment from former Apprentice contestant Raj Dhonota.

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Defiant Rhea Wolfson finds new way to run for senior Labour Party role after nomination defeat

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

Rhea Wolfson is back in the running to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Ms Wolfson, the only Jewish candidate in the race, has announced that she will seek nomination in her local Constituency Labour Party.

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Government reviewing UK aid to Palestinians

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

The UK government has launched a review into its funding of the Palestinian territories.

The decision to look at how British taxpayers' money is being spent in the region came after it was alleged that funds were going towards incitement projects and the payment of so-called "salaries" to convicted Palestinian terrorists by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

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Time to end Arab brainwashing: 'I will take Iraqi tribal leaders to see the real Israel'

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

Hamid Al-Sharifi has a plan to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Arab world.

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Labour has a ‘genuine problem’ with antisemitism at every level, says George Osborne

By Sandy Rashty, June 7, 2016

George Osborne has described antisemitism in the Labour Party as a “cancer”.

Speaking at a charity dinner in central London last night, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said that under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party had lost its way.

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‘Jew-marking’ app removed by Google

By Sandy Rashty, June 3, 2016

An app that marks out Jewish people and organisations by putting brackets around their names, has been withdrawn by its provider.

Coincidence Detector, which could be found on the Google Chrome app store, enabled its users to identify Jewish people and institutions by putting triple brackets around their names.

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Jacqueline Walker claims her suspension from Labour was part of a conspiracy

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2016

Jacqueline Walker, the vice-chair of the hard-left Momentum group loyal to Jeremy Corbyn, has claimed she has been the victim of a conspiracy.

Ms Walker, who was readmitted to the party after being suspended over allegations of making antisemitic comments, said: “There is a little bit of a conspiracy going on”.

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Parent relives horror as LL Camps trial reveals abuse

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2016

Sarah still feels sick to her stomach.

For the past 10 months, the 35-year-old mother has closely followed events surrounding LL Camps, the children's camp formerly run by directors Ben Lewis and Tal Landsman.

Sarah, who asked not to give her surname, had sent her five-year-old son Josh to the camp over the past two years.

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Community support raised for Israel tour boy

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2016

Members of the community have rallied to support a mother-of-three who launched a fundraising campaign to allow her son, who has Asperger syndrome, to go on an Israel tour.

Single mother Janine Greyman, 42, launched the online campaign to pay for a support worker to join her son Ryan Isaacs on tour with youth movement FZY.

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Rhea Wolfson blocked in attempt to win seat on Labour NEC after Ken Livingstone’s suspension

By Sandy Rashty, June 1, 2016

Rhea Wolfson’s attempt to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee has been blocked.

Ms Wolfson was the only Jewish candidate standing for election to the NEC.

The vacancy came about after Mr Livingstone was suspended from the party after he claimed Hitler backed Zionism.

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Labour activist suspended for claiming Jews financed the slave trade allowed back in the party

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2016

Jackie Walker, the Labour activist who was suspended for claiming that Jews were “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” has been readmitted to the party.

Ms Walker, vice-chair of Momentum, a hard-left group loyal to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended after her comments were brought to the party’s attention by the JC.

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Ken Livingstone's LBC radio show axed

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone's show on LBC has been dropped in the wake of the controversy surrounding his comment that Hitler backed Zionism.

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Tal Landsman tells of relief and delight at not guilty verdict in LL Camps cruelty trial

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

Tal Landsman – the co-founder of LL Camps – has spoken out after he was found “not guilty” of cruelty at St Albans Crown Court today.

In his first ever interview, Mr Landsman, 26, has told the JC he was “delighted” with the verdict. He described the case as “a traumatising experience” – but said it had not discouraged him from working with children in the future.

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Over 900 sign petition to save jobs of four JFS staff

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

The jobs of four “likeable” JFS staff members are in jeopardy after the resignation of the school’s former headteacher Jonathan Miller was announced this week.

An online petition, which was launched by a JFS student on Thursday, has claimed that the school’s four community officers were asked to leave after Mr Miller quit.

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Church group that sends volunteers to the West Bank to "witness life under occupation"

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

In a meek, gentle voice, young Hannah Griffiths informs the crowd that she has an important story to tell.

The largely female, 40-strong audience that has come to hear her speak at a south London bookshop await her story with stern, concerned looks.

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Wizo is thanked by Regev for its key contribution

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev hailed the contribution of British women to his country when he addressed Wizo's annual dinner in central London on Monday.

He told the 300 guests - who raised a record £350,000 - that having established Wizo in 1920, British women have continued to make an impact by backing its 800 Israeli educational and welfare centres for people of all faiths.

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