Sandy Rashty

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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The Apprentice's Claude Littner: I’m not Sugar’s sweetie

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

He's no stranger to The Apprentice - the BBC programme has billed him as the fiercest interviewer in Britain - but now businessman Claude Littner has the chance for a little stardom, He has been upgraded from Lord Sugar's occasional adviser to his right-hand man.

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Jeremy Corbyn rejects professor who supports Palestinian terrorism - but accepted his £5,000 donation

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted £5,000 from a donor who believes that Palestinians have a “moral right” to commit acts of terror.

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Baroness Williams stresses importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Baroness Williams stressed the importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives in Britain in the wake of the increasing violence in Israel.

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Corbyn donor backed Palestinian 'moral right to their terrorism'

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted £5,000 from a donor who believes that Palestinians have a “moral right” to commit acts of terror.

According to leading Westminster blog Guido Fawkes, Mr Corbyn accepted the donation from Professor Ted Honderich, towards his campaign for leadership of the Labour party in September.

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BBC says sorry over West Bank arson attack report

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

The BBC has apologised for a radio report which inaccurately claimed that Israeli authorities only detained Palestinian terror suspects without trial.

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Scottish Greens call for a boycott of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2015

Scotland’s Green Party has called for a boycott of Israel, calling it an apartheid state and expressing support for Hamas.

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Monitoring group set to challenge BBC over Israel coverage

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

A group monitoring the BBC is hosting two events that will call on the corporation to revise its "negative" media coverage of Israel ahead of its charter renewal next month.

BBC Watch asks if the BBC lives up to its self-proclaimed standards of excellence and accountability in its reporting of the Middle East.

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The challah makers are on a roll

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Twelve months ago it was Shabbat UK's centrepiece event, with community members flocking to take part.

Now, even more people are expected to put their bread-making skills on show at the Great Challah Make.

An estimated 9,000 men, women and children will be rolling, kneading and plaiting as they join in Shabbat UK's own take on The Great British Bake Off.

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Women take 'big step' with Torah dance

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Women carried Sifrei Torah at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Simchat Torah in what is described as "a big step" forward.

On Monday, the shul's kiddush hall was equally divided by a mechitzah, with around 200 men on one side and 100 women on the other.

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Women promote Muslim dialogue

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women in St Albans have set up a forum to promote dialogue between the communities.

Inspired by a group in America, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom St Albans wants to host monthly meetings at the homes of supporters where refreshments will be vegetarian and alcohol-free.

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Anti-Israel activists plan protests outside London cosmetics store

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Anti-Israeli activists are set to protest outside an Israeli-owned cosmetics store in London this evening.

They will call on passers-by to boycott Sabon UK, which is based in Covent Garden.

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