Sandy Rashty

Street stalls continue to sell 'Yid' merchandise at Arsenal stadium

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Street vendors have continued to sell “yid” merchandise outside the Emirates Stadium, despite the threat of action by Islington Council.

Badges that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!” were spotted ahead of the FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

A Jewish Arsenal fan, who did not want to be identified, reported the ongoing sale to police on standby.

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Bank ‘lost’ refugee’s jewellery

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Journalist Tom Bower has accused Barclays Bank of losing two trunks full of treasure belonging to his Czech-born grandmother.

His grandmother fled to the UK to escape Nazi persecution and arrived in 1939 with two brown trunks laden with jewels. In 1986, the treasures were locked in a safe-deposit box in a Barclays bank branch in Finchley, north London.

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Jewish friendship behind Facebook purchase of WhatsApp

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A friendship between two Jewish businessmen led to Facebook’s £11.4 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Mark Zuckerberg, the American-Jewish Facebook founder, worth an estimated £15 billion, said the deal would connect one billion people across the globe.

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Simon Cowell celebrates birth of Jewish son

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

He’s the daddy of all things showbiz – and now Simon Cowell has fathered a baby boy with Jewish-American socialite Lauren Silverman.

The music mogul, 54, jetted from London to New York to be by Ms Silverman’s side at the birth in the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan last Friday - Valentine’s Day - at 10 45pm.

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The tablet that altered the story of Noah's Ark

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

The story of Noah’s Ark has always captivated the minds of children. Many have walked animal miniatures two-by-two into toy boats, as they imagine the vessel that saved believers from 40 rainy days and nights of flood.

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Israeli tech companies to strengthen ties with Britain

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2014

A 30-strong delegation of Israeli companies will travel to London next month in a bid to build closer commercial ties with the UK.

Israeli start-up companies, specialising in water and retail technology, will meet British counterparts at a four-day event orchestrated by the British embassy, Israel Embassy in London's trade and economic department and UK Trade & Investment.

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Teenager's First World War fashion exhibit goes on display

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jennifer Murad used to spend hours in the National Army Museum in Chelsea, south-west London.

She would sit by the glass cases, sketching the military jackets worn by British officers who fought in the First World War, as part of the research for her A Level art exam — for which she received an A*.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis backs mother over custody row

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed a mother’s bid to be reunited with her missing sons.

In a letter, he said the Rachael Neustadt’s two children were facing a tragic situation.

Three months ago, Ms Neustadt won a landmark court ruling to bring Daniel, seven, and Jonathan, five, back to the UK, after they were taken to Moscow by their father Ilya in 2012.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Government denies aid money funds Palestinian terrorists

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

The government has denied that aid money sent to the Palestinian Authority is reaching convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons.

The Zionist Federation and Wizo UK have claimed that millions of pounds of British money was being used to pay “salaries” to jailed Palestinians.

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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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Bid to counter domestic violence in Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Jewish groups in the UK have backed an international campaign against violence directed at women.

Jewish Women’s Aid, United Synagogue Women and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) are supporting the One Billion Rising event in London, co-ordinated by Jewish playwright Eve Ensler and businesswoman Lynne Franks.

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Rabbi wades into Brighton HMD row

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

The decision to bar a Reform rabbi from a Holocaust Memorial Day service has been criticised by a senior Orthodox minister and the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women .

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‘Yid’ hate badges probed

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Police and Islington council are investigating a report of badges being sold outside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!”.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A report detailing the sale of the badges was completed. There have been no arrests. Inquiries are continuing.”

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Troy is big in magic circles, now catch him on TV

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Troy is being touted as the next big thing in magic. His tattoos, urban swag, gold watch and collection of bright snapback caps distinguish this Magic Circle member from the more traditional practitioners of his craft. He has even been known to pull a rabbit out of a snapback.

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Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

When former JFS student Jonny Benjamin launched a national search to track down the man who saved his life, he never expected it would succeed.

Mr Benjamin set up the "Find Mike" campaign last month, searching for the unknown man who had stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge six years ago.

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Paris politician says antisemitism not a big problem in France

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2014

Daniele Hoffman-Rispal, a National Assembly of France member representing Paris, told the JC that she does not “feel problems” of antisemitism in France.

The president of France-Israel, who is Jewish, said France was “not more antisemitic than anywhere else”.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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Israelis’ tough stance at Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2014

Around half of the members of the Israeli Knesset flew to Poland this week in a high-security operation to honour Shoah victims on Holocaust Memorial Day.

World leaders from the UK, US and Europe joined the 54 MKs for a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the 69th anniversary of its liberation.

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Knesset in Auschwitz for 'historic' Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2014

Polish locals watched a 1000-strong delegation of Israeli, British and European parliamentarians gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week.

Former Conservative head Lord Howard, Tory MP Matthew Offord and Anne McGuire, chair of Labour Friends of Israel attended the emotional ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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