Sandy Rashty

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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Manchester teenager survives coma after antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

A Jewish teenager who was kicked in the head during an antisemitic attack was recovering in hospital this week.

Moshe Fuerst was with three friends when they were approached by three men at a tram station in Manchester.

The JC understands the two groups clashed after shouting at each other.

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WATCH: Happy New Year from Israel's Technion University

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015
Israel's Institute of Technology has marked the Jewish New Year with a new piece of technology - one that picks a pomegranate from a tree, before going on to deliver apples and honey to the public research university's president. Shana Tova!

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Teenager in hospital after antisemitic attack in Manchester

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A Jewish teenager is being treated in hospital after he was attacked by three men in Manchester in what is believed to be an antisemitic hate crime.

The 17-year-old boy, who has not been named, was one of four people who were assaulted by three men on Saturday night. The other victims were aged 20, 18 and 18.

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Boost for LGBT Jews as Keshet UK gets charitable status

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A UK group that promotes equality for LGBT people in the Jewish community has achieved charitable status.

Keshet UK, a major grassroots LGBT forum in the British Jewish community, said the new status would help its fundraising activities.

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£3 million Israeli investment to create up to 100 jobs in Wales

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

UK government leaders have welcomed £3 million of Israeli investment into the UK – which could lead to the creation of 100 jobs in south Wales and £13 million being spent with local suppliers.

The investment – jointly made by Israeli owned technology companies – was announced today.

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On tour with Birthright: Twentysomethings enjoying their belated Israeli voyage of discovery

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

For 25 of the group of 34 twenty-somethings setting off from Luton airport to Ben Gurion, a first experience of Israel awaits.

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