Sandy Rashty

Shadow minister Luciana Berger hits out at ‘absolute disgrace’ Ken Livingstone as she attacks Labour antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2016

The most senior Jewish MP in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has hit out at the rising tide of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Luciana Berger, the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, said it was necessary for her party to have launched an internal inquiry into antisemitism after a series of high-profile suspensions.

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Labour reminds councillor of responsibilities after Israel claims

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2016

A Labour councillor who claimed that UK government backing for Israel fuels support for extremist groups such as Daesh has been spoken to by the party after the JC brought his comments to light.

Waseem Zaffar, who sits on Birmingham City council, was also filmed accusing the Israeli government of backing “state-supported terrorism”, and calling for a boycott of Israel.

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Labour council leader warns colleagues after his ‘Israel is like Isis’ Facebook post is revealed

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2016

The leader of Brent Council - who was forced to apologise last week after he compared Israel to Daesh in a Facebook post - has sent an email to colleagues warning them to alter their privacy settings on social media.

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Labour MP Sadiq Khan elected Mayor of London

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, has won the race to become the Mayor of London with a comfortable victory over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith.

Over 1.3 million Londoners voted for Mr Khan, Communities Minister in the last Labour government, giving him 57 per cent of the vote.

Mr Goldsmith secured 43 per cent, with just under 995,000 people backing him.

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Dismore returned to London Assembly seat for Barnet and Camden

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Labour’s Andrew Dismore has been re-elected to represent Barnet and Camden on the Greater London Assembly.

He won with 44 per cent of the vote (81,482); Tory candidate Daniel Thomas came second with 36 per cent (65,204).

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Ken Livingstone dismisses Hitler row as 'antisemitism nonsense'

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Ken Livingstone has dismissed suggestions that he expressed racist views as “antisemitism nonsense” and claimed he received support from members of the Jewish community.

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Congregants hit back after rabbi signs letter ‘undermining fight against antisemitism’

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

A British rabbi has been criticised by his congregants after he signed an open letter which denied that there was antisemitism in the Labour party.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, the emeritus rabbi of Finchley Reform synagogue in north-west London, was one of 82 people who signed the letter in the Guardian last weekend.

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Ken Livingstone defends Hitler row comments and attacks ‘media lies’

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, has accused the media and “Blairite” MPs of distorting his claim that Hitler was a “Zionist”.

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Livingstone says creation of Israel was ‘great catastrophe’

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone described the creation of Israel as “a great catastrophe”, it has been revealed - a week after he was being suspended from the Labour party for claiming Hitler was a “Zionist”.

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Labour loses seats in Jewish districts of England and Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Local election results across the country have revealed the apparent extent of disaffection with the Labour Party.

While Labour retained overall control of Bury Council, its support collapsed in Prestwich – at the heart of Manchester's Jewish community.

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Rubbish skip is daubed with Star of David graffiti

By Sandy Rashty, May 5, 2016

Council officials are investigating the vandalism of a skip, after a resident spotted a Star of David daubed on its side.

A Jewish man, who did not want to be named, said he was shocked after he spotted the graffiti in south Essex this afternoon.

He took a picture of the vandalism as evidence.

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Labour party turns to 'freedom fighter'

By Sandy Rashty, May 5, 2016

The woman heading Labour's inquiry into antisemitism has made strong statements against Jew-hatred in the past, saying that it "turns my stomach".

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Meet the Israel-loving friendly face of Ukip

By Sandy Rashty, April 27, 2016

When Ukip's London mayoral candidate attended a Jewish hustings event, he did not expect a warm reception.

Peter Whittle, 55, thought negative perceptions of his right-wing party would stop him being listened to, as they have in the past.

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'I talked myself out of a job at JW3 - but tensions were rising'

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2016

New UJIA deputy chair Louise Jacobs still misses the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

As the LJCC's final chief executive, she oversaw the merger with JW3 last April. Programmes were shut, redundancies made and LJCC's Ivy House premises in Golders Green - once the home of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova - were sold to developers of a Catholic girls' school.

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Ben Winston: Success is all about taking risks

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Ben Winston is one of Hollywood's biggest behind-the-scenes names. An award-winning director, producer and writer, he works with some of the leading lights in showbusiness – from James Corden to Harry Styles, people he now calls friends.For him, it's simple: "They trust me."

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How dare JFS mums judge me

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Katie Rodinsky, a mother of five from North London with a sedate life, a nice house and close circle of friends, has a confession to make.

Six months ago, she posed for her first-ever erotic photo-shoot - and she loved it.

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The picture that sparked a disaster

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

When almost 20 Yemeni Jews fled the town of Raydah in a covert operation, few people thought of the handful of members of the 3,000 year-old Jewish community who had been left behind in the nearby city of Sana'a.

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The cannabis candidate seeking electoral high

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Lee Eli Harris is the only Jewish candidate in the running to be the next Mayor of London.

At the age of 79, he is also the oldest among the 12 candidates. And he is certainly the only candidate calling for greater freedom to smoke dope as a major part of his platform.

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Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith samples falafel in Golders Green

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2016

The Conservative candidate for London mayor Zac Goldsmith said he had “lots of delicious food” during a tour across north-west London with lobby-group Conservative Friends of Israel today.

Mr Goldsmith, who is hoping to succeed Boris Johnson at next month’s election, started the sunny Sunday morning in Edgware before heading to Golders Green.

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‘A Jewish vote for Corbyn is like a Muslim voting Trump’ says ex BBC chief Danny Cohen

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2016

Former BBC head Danny Cohen has said the Jewish community could not vote for Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader repeatedly failed to tackle antisemitism within his party's ranks.

Mr Cohen, former director of BBC TV, said he was “deeply troubled” by revelations of Jew-hate within the party.

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