Sandy Rashty

IDF hits back after Palestinian rocket strikes Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2015

A rocket was fired into southern Israel from Gaza on Thursday night, ending four months of relative calm in the area.

Israelis were called into bomb shelters after the emergency siren sounded in Sderot.

The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that the rocket exploded in an open area near kibbutzim. No one was injured in the attack.

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American drone strike on al-Qaeda killed Jewish aid worker, White House reveals

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

American Jewish hostage Warren Weinstein – who was captured by al-Qaeda in 2011 – was killed in January by an American drone, it was revealed today.

The aid worker was abducted by terrorists from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. According to his daughter, Alisa Weinstein, the gunmen posed as neighbours offering food before abducting her father.

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Baron David de Rothschild warns over terrorism and internet hate

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

Baron David de Rothschild has warned about the threat of terrorism and spread of hate messages on the internet.

Speaking to a 280-strong audience at the UJIA charity’s Yom Ha’atzmaut business breakfast on Thursday, the banker and senior figure in the French Jewish community warned about the rise of people engaging in terrorist activities in Western countries.

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Figuring it out - the Zionists ready for action

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

GI Joe, Superman and Wonder Woman are more conventional action heroes.

But one Tel Aviv-based entrepreneur has decided to model his collectable figures on those who built Israel.

Asaf Harari's Zion Action figures include Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Golda Meir - with Israel's first female prime minister proving to be the best-seller.

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Phone store boss attacks ‘arrogant Jews’

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

The assistant manager of an EE mobile phone shop has claimed “Jewish people are very arrogant”.

Daniel Reid made the comment after a staff member at his Tottenham Hale, north London, store was accused of turning away Jewish customers.

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SNP candidate claims Netanyahu should face war crimes trial

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

A Scottish National Party candidate has called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes.

Stewart McDonald, who is standing in Glasgow South, has also backed a boycott of Israel, according to the Common Space website.

Speaking at a hustings last Thursday, he is reported to have said: “I think we need to get Netanyahu in front of a war crimes trial.

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SNP pledges to protect shechita in Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

The Scottish National Party has pledged to protect kosher slaughter if it forms part of the British government after May 7.

Shechita is overseen in Scotland by the Rabbinical Commission for Licensing of Shochtim, under the auspices of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

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Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.

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Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.

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Green and Ukip candidates at odds over Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

A Jewish businessman and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor are going head-to-head in a fight for the parliamentary seat in Westminster North.

But as respective candidates for Ukip and the Green Party, Nigel Sussman and Jennifer Nadel are poles apart on a raft of policies, from Israel to immigration.

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Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.

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SNP pledge to back independent Palestinian state

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

The Scottish National Party manifesto has pledged to “call on the next UK government to support the formal recognition of a Palestinian state”.

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Jews should vote for us because we're pro-migrants, says Green Party leader

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

I have come to meet Green leader Natalie Bennett at her new office in Kentish Town, above a café which plays Marvin Gaye and Jackie Mittoo as customers pick up laid-out copies of the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mirror and Camden New Journal.

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Ros Altmann to be minister for consumer rights if Tories win election

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Ros Altmann will be a Tory peer if the Conservatives are elected to government.

The Prime Minister said she would sit “at the heart of government” as the minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education.

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Green leader Natalie Bennett backs cultural boycott of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the JC on Friday.

Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy.

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Green candidate calls Israel ‘racist and apartheid state’

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the Green Party to condemn a parliamentary candidate, after she called Israel “a racist and apartheid state” this week.

Tanya Williams, the Green candidate for Twickenham, made the comments at an Amnesty International hustings on Tuesday.

According to the news website SW Londoner, she said: “[Israel is] a racist state and an apartheid state.

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The monster who was my grandad

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Jennifer Teege says she will never forget meeting Ari Nornberg, a Holocaust survivor. While promoting her book in Tel Aviv this year, she spotted him sitting “two meters in front of me” in the packed room.

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Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.

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Relief at Hatton Garden heist escape

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

A retired Jewish diamond dealer has described his relief that his valuables were overlooked by the thieves who carried out the Hatton Garden safety deposit heist.

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Students fund lawyer for Palestinian children

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Jewish students have helped raise more than £15,000 for a lawyer to represent Palestinian minors interrogated by Israeli officials.

Around 30 university students took part in fund-raising activities for Kids Court in Conflict, a campaign run by the youth branch of the left-leaning Yachad group.

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