Sandy Rashty

Jewish woman killed in Russian plane crash

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

A young Jewish woman was among the 224 victims believed to have been killed on board a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt this week.

Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was on the chartered flight travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular resort destination in the north of Egypt, to St Petersburg in Russia. The plane crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.

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Palestinian teenagers arrested in early morning raids

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

At least seven Palestinian teenagers have been detained by Israeli authorities after door-to-door raids were carried out on homes in East Jerusalem in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Israeli who stabbed a Jew he mistook for an Arab charged with attempted murder

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

An Israeli man has been charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly stabbed a Jew he mistook for an Arab.

Shlomo Pinto, from the north of Israel, has been accused of stabbing Uriel Razkan in Haifa, after mistaking him for an Arab. Mr Razkan was said to be “moderately injured” as a result of the stabbing in his upper torso.

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Being a Jew in the jungle? I loved it (and lost weight)

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

A London-born woman is set to appear on an Israeli reality television series that airs this weekend.

Lisa Shurkin, 36, who made aliyah in 2005, will be seen taking part in the Israeli version of Survivor, which is based on the American game show.

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Bond dines out on her royal recollections

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

As the BBC's royal correspondent, Jennie Bond followed the British monarchy around the world for close on 15 years.

She made the Queen laugh, was scolded by Prince Philip and enjoyed a good relationship with Prince Charles and Princess Di.

So the veteran broadcaster was an apposite choice to address more than 230 guests at a women's lunch in Finchley in aid of Norwood, the one Jewish charity

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Israeli teen stabbed 'in face' in Gush Etzion

By Sandy Rashty, October 27, 2015

An Israeli 19-year-old was stabbed near Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.

The two Palestinian attackers were shot dead by on-site security forces in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, after they attacked the teenager.

According to Magen David Adom, Israel's leading emergency service, the victim was stabbed in the face and is now being treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem.

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Hundreds of UK academics commit to Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, October 26, 2015

Hundreds of British academics have committed to boycotting Israel, the JC can reveal.

A letter signed by 343 university teachers is due to appear as a full page advert in the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday.

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LL Camps four set to face trial in May

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2015

The trial of the four people charged with offences in connection with the closure of the LL Camps children camp is expected to take place in May next year.

A preliminary hearing took place at St Albans Crown Court today.

The defendants are expected to enter their pleas at an initial hearing in January.

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Former LL Camps director faces four more charges ahead of court case tomorrow

By Sandy Rashty, October 22, 2015

Former LL Camps director Ben Lewis faces further criminal charges ahead of a preliminary hearing at St Albans Crown Court tomorrow.

Mr Lewis, 25, from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, was charged in August with three counts relating to the alleged possession of indecent images of children.

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I'd like to thank my mother for this award...

By Sandy Rashty, October 22, 2015

We’ve all seen it before.

People win an award, walk up to the stage, say they never expected such a thing to ever happen – and then proceed to whip out a neat set of pre-prepared ‘thank you ever so much’ notes.

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JBD is thankful for cash pledges that will help users' independent living

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2015

Young professionals raised more than £6,000 for a Jewish, Blind and Disabled project that will enable service users to shop for their own meals.

The 75 guests at the event in central London last week were told that Project 21 - which asks supporters to donate £21 a month - would benefit JBD's 380 service users.

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Far-right party founder from Ukraine welcomed in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

A leading British think-tank has defended its decision to invite a far-right party founder to speak at an event in London this week.

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Luciana Berger joins MPs and community leaders to highlight importance of poverty charity’s work in Israel conflict

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke movingly at a reception for Israel poverty charity Manna Meir Panim, which was held in Parliament on Monday evening.

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Fresh knife attack in Hebron Hills as Hamas leader arrested

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

An Israeli soldier has been stabbed in the West Bank.

The soldier, who is said to be lightly injured, was attacked while patrolling in the southern Hebron Hills this morning.

According to reports, his attacker was shot and killed by Israel Defence Forces soldiers.

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London teacher banned from classroom ‘indefinitely’ after antisemitic Facebook post

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after he was convicted of posting an antisemitic message on social media.

Mahmudul Choudhury, 36, was banned from teaching last week by a panel ruling on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

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Government consulted Jewish security group to draw up anti-extremism strategy

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

The UK government consulted a leading Jewish security group in its latest bid to tackle extremism, which was announced today.

The government spoke to leaders at the Community Security Trust ahead of announcing its new counter-extremism strategy – which will specifically target extremist Islamist and neo-Nazi hate.

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Terminally ill Jewish woman ends life at Dignitas

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A Jewish mother from Manchester ended her life at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after battling a debilitating illness for almost 20 years.

Rachelle Linz, 50, took a fatal dose of drugs at the assisted suicide clinic in Zurich after saying that the neurological condition had “destroyed everything I loved so much about my life”.

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Top gym sorry for Nazi graffiti

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

A LA fitness manager has apologised for his club’s failure to remove graffiti that compares Israelis to Nazis.

Chris Smith, regional manager of the leading healthclub’s branch in Kentish Town, north-west London, said the club would now remove a message that read: “Israelis are Nazis”.

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MDA is thankful for the big British contribution

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

The worsening situation in Israel gave added resonance to Monday's Magen David Adom UK dinner in central London, which raised £1.5 million for medical supplies and immediate response kits.

Israel's main emergency service relies on the diaspora to provide one-third of its annual $150 million (£98 million) budget.

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I treated knife attack victims — but saved the terrorist too

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

Ilan Klein's job is hard - but his country is strong. That was the message the Magen David Adom paramedic gave in the wake of the terror attacks in Israel.

Mr Klein, who has worked with Israel's leading emergency service for 20 years, last week treated nine victims of stabbings in Jerusalem - as well as one terrorist who had carried out an attack.

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