Sandy Rashty

Queen invited to Israel as ambassador presents credentials

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has formally invited the Queen to visit Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday to welcome five new ambassadors to Israel, he told British ambassador David Quarrey: “I want to also convey my warmest regards to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend to her an invitation to visit our region.”

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PC Rashty? It's no job for a nice Jewish girl

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

I have a confession to make.

I once dreamed of joining the Metropolitan Police. It sounded like a wonderful career opportunity, a chance to make a difference and help people more vulnerable than myself.

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Celebrities fall under the spell of JFS boy who tricked his way to Hollywood

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Magician Julius Dein is not your average student.

When he is not studying for an international relations degree at King's College London, the 21-year-old is performing magic tricks at celebrity parties in Hollywood.

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Interview: Adam Richman sheds his weight

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Heat control, restraint and technique. It is impossible to cook up a good barbecue without these three key ingredients. So says Adam Richman, the Brooklyn-born personality who is co-judging ITV's latest foodie series, BBQ Champ.

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Jews in the police: ‘If we live here, we should play a part in protecting Britain’

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

When Sue Williams first told her father that she wanted to join the Metropolitan Police he was outraged.

He told his daughter, a graphic artist at the time, that it was not a suitable career choice for a nice Jewish girl.

He feared it would be a dangerous and antisemitic environment and hoped that at 5ft 4in, her height would be a barrier to joining the force.

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European aliyah? Bring it on, says Silvan Shalom

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2015

Israel’s deputy Prime Minister has hinted that more European Jews should be making aliyah.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Interior Minister, made the comment while speaking at an ORT UK round-table lunch in London last Friday.

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Convicted paedophile raised money for children’s charity Barnardo's

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2015

A convicted paedophile who sexually abused three brothers is raising money for a children’s charity which fights child abuse, the JC can reveal.

Former Hasmonean pupil Miles Esterson, 33, was jailed in the United States in 2010 for five years after he was found guilty of performing sex acts on three boys under the age of 12.

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Mother assaulted as burglars steal barmitzvah presents from north London home

By Sandy Rashty, August 3, 2015

A Jewish woman has spoken of her fear after being attacked by burglars at her home in north London.

Deborah Nathan, 49, was pushed to the floor as two men forced their way into her six-bedroom home in Golders Green. They ransacked the safe containing family heirlooms and stole her son’s barmitzvah presents.

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Troll fined for Lord Sugar Twitter abuse

By Sandy Rashty, August 3, 2015

A teenager who trolled Lord Sugar has been ordered to pay £100 in compensation for sending the British Jewish billionaire antisemitic tweets.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court after he called Lord Sugar an: “old Jewish” followed by a swear word.

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Baby killing probably won’t spark third intifada, says Israel’s deputy PM

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2015

Israel’s deputy prime minister has warned that there may be “unrest” after the attack on a Palestinian family in the West Bank – but has ruled out a third Intifada.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Israel’s chief Palestinian negotiator, condemned the attack on a Palestinian family in Douma the early hours of Friday, in which a one-and-a-half year old baby was killed.

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Ex-IDF chief questioned

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

Israel's former head of military intelligence was questioned by UK immigration officers when he landed at Heathrow airport.

Amos Yadlin, a director of the Institute for National Security Studies, said he was detained for 10 minutes.

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The Ladies who Lunch: We're raising our profile - and funds

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

It all started with the women of Wizo, founded in 1918, who in the intervening near-century have raised tens of millions for Israel's most needy.

Generations of women have come together in support of the welfare organisation and it was once considered the charity for "ladies who lunch".

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Israel’s deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom opens London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

Israel’s deputy prime minister opened the London Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Israel’s interior minister and responsible for Palestinian relations in the cabinet, was joined by business leaders from the UK and Israel as he opened the London trading market.

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Britain freed ‘hundreds’ of WW2 Nazis

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2015

Britain released “hundreds” of suspected Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust, according to a leading historian.

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Winds whip up large forest fire near Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2015

Israeli firefighters are battling to put out a “growing” blaze near Jerusalem.

The fire was ignited in the Beit Shemesh area, east of Jerusalem, on Friday afternoon.

Authorities have said that the fire, which started in the Ya’ar Ha’Nasi forest, is: “Growing at a tremendous rate due to strong winds”.

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Jewish Care volunteer honoured by David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

An 83-year-old grandmother has received the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award for her voluntary work.

Barbara Waterman, from Hendon, north-west London, received the award, which recognises outstanding volunteers, for her work at Stepney Jewish Community Centre in east London – which has a declining Jewish community.

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Natalie Joel: NW London, Israel and now a maid in Chelsea

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

You might recognise Natalie Joel from Channel 4's award-winning reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

She walked into the show, which follows the lives of south-west London's trendy folk in their twenties, as the 5ft 2ins girlfriend of the much taller show favourite Hugo Taylor, who towers above her at 6ft 3ins.

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Red tape could mean closure of Eilat hotel favoured by UK tourists

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

A hotel in Eilat which has long been a favourite with British tourists and celebrities is under threat of closure.

The British-owned Princess Hotel could shut down in October. Marlon Tesler, the son of philanthropist Alexander Tesler, who built the hotel in 1992, said "over-bureaucracy" was at the heart of the problem.

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Football club threatens JC over Israeli player

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion football club has attempted to suppress a report about its Israeli player, Tomer Hemed, posing for photographs with pro-Israel activists.

Mr Hemed spotted the small group of Israeli flag-waving demonstrators in the city centre last weekend. They were attending a regular fortnightly protest.

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Nazi-hunter calls for arrest of Danish 90-year-old who was ‘SS member’

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2015

A leading Nazi-hunter has called on the Danish government to arrest a 90-year-old suspected war criminal.

Efraim Zuroff, Israel director of the Wiesenthal Centre, submitted a claim against Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who now calls himself Helmuth Rasboel, on Tuesday afternoon.

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