Sandy Rashty



Patek Philippe and the Sterns: A Jewish question

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

There we stood, a group of four, gormlessly peering into a glass cabinet which contained the Patek Philippe exhibition’s crowning glory.

The Grandmaster Chime – which is now being displayed at the Saatchi Gallery on London’s King’s Road – is the most complicated wristwatch the luxury Swiss firm has ever made.

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Anti-fascist campaigner Morris Beckman dies

By Sandy Rashty, June 3, 2015

Tributes have been paid to anti-fascist activist Morris Beckman whose funeral took place this week.

Mr Beckman, who died last month aged 94, was one of the founding members of the 43 Group, a group of young Jewish ex-servicemen and women committed to fighting fascism in the UK and abroad.

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We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.

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Jewish fury over Orange CEO’s Israel boycott revelation

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

Jews and pro-Israel activists across the globe have vowed to cancel their Orange contracts after the French telecoms giant’s CEO said he would boycott Israel if he had the chance.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Stéphane Richard said he would end the brand’s relationship with Israel “tomorrow” if he could.

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Board asks Foreign Secretary to raise Jeremiah Duggan case with German authorities

By Sandy Rashty, June 1, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the government to intervene in the case of Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan who died in Germany in mysterious circumstances.

Newly elected Board president Jonathan Arkush has asked Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to raise the matter with German authorities at a “senior level”.

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Palestinian FA drops bid to suspend Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2015

The Jewish Leadership Council has applauded the decision to drop the proposal to suspend the Israel Football Association at the Fifa Congress.

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Anger as Peres exits ZF dinner for sushi supper

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2015

Shimon Peres skipped the kosher main course at the Zionist Federation gala dinner to dine at a central London Japanese restaurant, the JC understands.

The former Israel president - who is believed to have been paid a six-figure sum to attend last week's fundraiser - left immediately after conducting an on-stage interview with an Israeli-Arab journalist in front of the 900 guests.

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We were the youngest survivors

By Sandy Rashty, May 26, 2015

They were three Jewish women carrying one big secret. Priska Lowenbeinova, Rachel Friedman and Anka Nathanova never met but they all shared one thing in common: they were pregnant when they were captured by the Nazis.

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Lawrence backs JWA’s help for the ‘voiceless’

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2015

Justice campaigner Baroness Lawrence urged more than 300 guests at a Jewish Women's Aid lunch to support the "voiceless within our community".

Baroness Lawrence - who campaigned for police reforms following the murder of her son, Stephen, in 1993 - was the guest speaker at the central London event, which raised more than £150,000 for the domestic violence charity.

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It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.

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Lib Dem Tim Farron says Israel was 'disproportionate' over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

In an earlier version of this story, we wrongly quoted Mr Farron as describing David Ward as "a good MP", omitting the word "constituency".
We apologise for the error.

The frontrunner in the race to be leader of the Liberal Democrats has described Israel’s actions during the Gaza war as “disproportionate”.

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Robert Wistrich, scholar of antisemitism, dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

Robert Wistrich, the academic who led the battle against antisemitism, has died.

He suffered a heart attack in Rome on Tuesday night, where he was set to address the Italian Senate on rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Shimon Peres, a true legend

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Every year, communal organisations compete to secure the services of a top speaker who will bring in the crowds, and as a result, the big bucks.

On Sunday night, the Zionist Federation pulled in a 900-person crowd, who flocked to the central London Grosvenor Hotel (at £250 a head) to hear guest speaker Shimon Peres in conversation with Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish.

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Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.

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Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Film festival 'will never return to the Tricycle'

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will not return to the Tricycle Theatre, despite the venue's public apology for boycotting the event, the JC understands.

A source close to festival organisers said the apology had not gone far enough and had been motivated by financial concerns.

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This is for all those 'useless' mothers

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

There was nothing Mandy Haberman could do to feed her baby - she felt "redundant and useless as a mother". Her youngest daughter Emily was born in 1980 with a syndrome that made it difficult, if not impossible, to latch on to a breast or bottle to feed.

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Interview: Sir Ralph Kohn

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

Ralph Kohn still remembers the moment his ship docked at Liverpool - the moment he came to the UK as a child fleeing Nazi persecution with nothing but the clothes on his back.

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After JFS, students have a responsibility to protect our schools

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2015

While they were pelting classmates with eggs, pulling a security fence out of place, trashing toilets, spraying graffiti on public and school property, did the student vandals ever consider the impact their actions would have on JFS – and more importantly, state-funded faith schools across the country?

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Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.

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