Sandy Rashty

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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London campaign to boost Israel investment

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2015

A new Israel Bonds campaign has been launched in London to boost investment in Israel.

This year, global sales of Israel bonds totalled more than £540 million. Money from the sale of the bonds is channelled to Israel’s Finance Ministry and allocated towards projects, including high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech industries.

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George Osborne under fire over plan to lead trade delegation to Iran

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2015

Experts have rounded on Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to lead a business delegation to Iran next year.

British and Israeli researchers say that Mr Osborne is prioritising trade over Iranian human rights abuses and the ongoing threat the county poses to the Jewish state.

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Police called in as protesters target Israeli-owned London store

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2015

An Israeli-owned cosmetics store in London was targeted by pro-Palestinian activists in a protest timed to coincide with Yom Kippur.

Around 20 supporters of the London Palestine Action group entered the Sabon UK shop, in Covent Garden, on Tuesday evening, just as the fast began.

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Trade soars as Israel-UK links reach new heights

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2015

Trade between the UK and Israel is at a record high, new figures have shown.

Total bilateral trade amounted to £2.4 billion from January to July - a 1.2 per cent increase on the same period last year.

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Imperial War Museum says sorry for branding Jewish fighters against the Nazis ‘terrorists’

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2015

The Imperial War Museum has apologised for posting an image that described Jewish soldiers who fought the Nazis during the Second World War as “terrorists”.

The Museum said it was sorry after a representative “accidentally” uploaded the image of the fighters to its website with the caption: “Terrorist activities: Men of the First Battalion Jewish Brigade during a march past.”

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Police drop probe into alleged hate remarks at anti-Netanyahu protest

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2015

Police have dropped an investigation into a complaint made against a pro-Palestinian activist.

Last week, Jewish Human Rights Watch reported a video which appeared to show a woman supporting the killing of Jews at an anti-Israel protest outside Downing Street on September 9.

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Government minister Baroness Williams to attend launch of Jewish-Muslim women’s group

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2015

Communities Minister Baroness Williams will speak at the formal launch of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group next month.

The Tory peer is set to welcome the launch of government-backed initiative Nisa-Nashim, an interfaith body aiming to strengthen relations between the two communities.

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Police investigate pro-Palestinian protester over 'killing Jews' remark

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2015

Police are investigating a complaint made against a pro-Palestinian activist over comments in which she appeared to support the killing of Jews.

The woman was filmed making the remarks outside Downing Street, during an anti-Israel demonstration against a visit to London by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Meet Jack and Lily, tomorrow's perfect Jewish couple?

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2015

Want to know whose names you're going to find under the wedding pictures in the JC in two decades' time?

Well, there may well be a Jack and Lily among them - for a new survey has found them to be the most popular names among our current birth announcements.

They topped the list compiled for the past Hebrew calendar year by the Jewish Baby Directory, an online resource for parents.

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The simchah band that makes stars

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2015

It takes an especially soulful diva to get all four X Factor judges clapping - but 49-year-old Jennifer Phillips managed it.

The part-time carer, who has made it through to the "bootcamp" stage of the ITV talent show, but she will have to juggle rehearsing songs for Simon Cowell with performing with the London-based simchah band, Neshama.

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Charity Commission quizzes War on Want over anti-Israel campaigns

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2015

The Charity Commission has said it is not formally investigating War on Want after a complaint about the charity’s anti-Israel campaigns.

But the JC understands that the anti-poverty group has been asked to provide information to the commission about its campaigns in Gaza and the Palestinian territories.

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Two teenagers plead guilty over Manchester assault

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to assault over an attack on four Jews in Manchester last Saturday night.

The 17-year-olds – who have not been identified for legal reasons – made their pleas at Manchester Youth Court on Friday afternoon.

Police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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Charedi teenager who was victim of assault released from hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

A 17-year-old Charedi boy who was in a coma after being assaulted at a Manchester tram station is now recovering at home.

Moshe Fuerst, who was born in Jerusalem, was released from the Salford Royal hospital last night.

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Orthodox special constable wins prestigious police award

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

Charedi officer Moshe Rothstein has won a UK government award that recognises outstanding special constables and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Mr Rothstein, the only religious Jew serving in the Greater Manchester Police division, said he was “overwhelmed” on receipt of the Lord Ferrers Award at the House of Commons this afternoon.

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