Sandy Rashty

UK Israel Tech Hub wins Foreign Office innovation award

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has presented an award for innovation to the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Outgoing ambassador Matthew Gould said he was “very proud of my old colleagues” at the Hub on receipt of the Diplomatic Excellence: Encouraging Innovation award.

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Amnesty maps 'Israeli law breaches'

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Amnesty International UK and a London university have released a digital mapping project that purportedly records the "deadly pattern of Israeli attacks" on Gaza during the 50-day-war last summer.

Released this week to mark the one-year anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, the online Gaza Project includes satellite images, testimony, photos and videos.

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'Selfless heroes' honoured by Wizo

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed the corporation often scrutinises Israel far more closely than the Palestinians in its coverage of the Middle East conflict.

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Online travel agent adds Israel to its list of destinations

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

An online travel agent says it will add Israel to its list of destinations after a complaint from a customer who was told he couldn't book a holiday there.

Surrey-based Travel Republic, which has two million clients a year, offers flights and hotels in beach resorts across the world, including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

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‘Israel uses the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians’, Gerald Kaufman tells Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

A veteran Labour MP has claimed that Israel uses the Holocaust to “justify” killing Palestinians.

Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, made the claim in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sir Gerald, Manchester Gorton MP, said: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands upon thousands of Palestinians.”

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Two Israelis held captive in Gaza by Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Two Israeli civilians are being held in Gaza by Hamas, according to a statement released by Israeli authorities.

The men have been identified as Ethiopian-born Avraham Mengistu and an unnamed Israeli-Arab from the Bedouin town of Hura.
Hamas have reportedly refused to comment on both cases.

Both Israeli men are said to suffer from mental health issues.

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Why ‘Jews’ were lost in translation in BBC Children of the Gaza War documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2015

A BBC documentary has substituted the word “Israelis” for "Jews" in its translation of interviews with Palestinians, its maker has admitted.

Lyse Doucet has stood by the decision to translate “yahud” as “Israeli” in subtitles on her hour-long documentary Children of the Gaza War, which airs on BBC Two tonight.

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Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed that there is a “deficit” in the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The award-winning investigative journalist, who worked on the BBC public affairs programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012, was speaking at the Wizo Commitment Awards event on Monday night.

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Six Israeli Arabs charged with supporting Daesh

By Sandy Rashty, July 6, 2015

Six Israeli Arabs – four of them school teachers - have been charged with supporting Daesh (sometimes known as IS).

The men are accused of promoting jihad in their classes, according to Israeli security agency Shin Bet.

The four teachers work in a school in southern Israel.

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UN Human Rights Council backs report on 'Gaza war crimes'

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to back a controversial report on the Gaza war.

Friday’s resolution supported the report produced by the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. It had accused Israel and terrorist group Hamas of committing war crimes during the 50 day conflict last summer.

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Paris plans new £7m Jewish hub

By Sandy Rashty, July 2, 2015

French Jews have welcomed plans to build a £7 million cultural centre in Paris.

The new European Centre for Judaism is to include an area for academic studies, a cultural space, a synagogue, conference halls and offices.

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Donna Karan to step down as chief designer of her company

By Sandy Rashty, July 1, 2015

Donna Karan has stepped down as chief designer of the multi-million pound fashion brand she founded more than 30 years ago.

Her decision to leave Donna Karan New York (DKNY) – which is recognised for transforming the working woman’s wardrobe – was announced by the brand on Tuesday.

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London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel expresses regret over Pesach date clash

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2015

The chief executive of the London Marathon has told UK Jewish communal leaders that he “regrets” that the event will coincide with the second night of Passover next year.

Complaints were filed after the dates were announced with many Jewish runner unable to participate - and fundraise for charities - as a result of religious commitments.

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Entrepreneurs offer Israeli health products in bid to reduce NHS costs

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

Israeli entrepreneurs specialising in medical technology have met representatives of the NHS and top British healthcare companies.

The seven entrepreneurs presented the UK groups – including including NHS England and NHS Innovation Accelerator - with innovative products which they said would reduce healthcare costs and could improve the treatment of patients.

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World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.

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Autism has been my life for 30 years and I'm still trying to understand it

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2015

You would never know it from his calm and measured manner, but Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is frustrated with our society.

The director of Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre - is irritated by the way we (and some medical practitioners for that matter) treat people with social disorders.

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‘Golden era’ for UK trade with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 11, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid hailed a "golden era" of business ties between the UK and Israel this week.

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Election jitters pause soaring bilateral trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 11, 2015

Trade between Britain and Israel dipped by almost nine per cent in the first four months of 2015.

According to figures from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, bilateral trade between January and April dropped by 8.96 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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It’s a ‘golden era’ for UK-Israel trade, says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has declared it is a “golden era” for trade between the UK and Israel.

Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night, he told the 250-strong audience: “The past few years have been a golden era - what really excites me are the possibilities for the years that lie ahead.”

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Leading food industry figure Sir Harry Solomon honoured at British Israeli Business awards

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Sir Harry Solomon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night.

He told the 250-strong audience that he was "truly flattered and honoured to have been given the award".

The 78-year-old is best known for founding one of Europe’s largest food businesses in the 1976, Hillsdown Holdings.

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