Sandy Rashty

Housewife ‘offered hitman stamps to kill husband’

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A New York housewife has been arrested for allegedly offering a hitman almost £40,000 worth of rare stamps to kill her unemployed husband.

Elena Sava-Adams, 57, was arrested in Brooklyn in a police sting operation last Thursday.

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‘Do not send treasures back to Iraq’

By Sandy Rashty, September 1, 2013

Senior Jewish figures are backing an international campaign to prevent the return of religious artefacts to Iraq.

A collection of sermons from the 17th-century, a 1902 Haggada, a 400-year-old Bible, and Torah scrolls were among thousands of artefacts discovered by United States officials after raiding Saddam Hussain’s intelligence office in May 2003.

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Peerage for Thatcher aide

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2013

Sir Stephen Sherbourne will take up his seat in House of Lords in October after a longstanding political career in Westminster and public affairs.

The newly-created peer, who will sit on the Tory benches, served as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s political secretary and chief of staff to Conservative leader Sir Michael Howard.

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Stephen Spitz: A trip to Harrods saved my fortune

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2013

It is hard to imagine that the head of Britain’s largest travel goods chain once prepared his staff for company insolvency.

South African-born Stephen Spitz is the chairman and CEO of the multi-million pound Brentano Group, which specialises in the retail and wholesale distribution of top travel brands under sub-divisions Case London and Pelham Leather Goods.

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Cut from different cloth — the East End shmutter kings loved by the A-listers

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2013

Philip Pittack and Martin White have every reason to celebrate this new year. As the last Jewish cloth merchants in the East End, their business is thriving, with clients ranging from local hipsters to designers like Vivienne Westood and stars such as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger.

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Peston trades on family's business history

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2013

I’ve just called my mum and found out a very interesting story,” relates BBC business editor Robert Peston, who is fronting a three-part BBC2 documentary on Britain’s retail industry — Robert Peston Goes Shopping — which begins next week.

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Vanessa Feltz to compete on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2013

Vanessa Feltz will appear on the upcoming series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The reality TV star and journalist confirmed that she will dance on the programme during an interview with BBC Radio 2 this morning.

She is the first celebrity guest, out of 15, to announce her decision to compete in the dance show, co-hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

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Typo causes Israeli firm to plummet on stock exchange

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2013

The value of an Israeli company dropped by millions of pounds after a trader made a typo.

Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, formerly headed by London-based Idan Ofer, saw its value plummet by over 99 per cent minutes after the mishap last Sunday afternoon.

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Israel gave al-Qaeda chemical weapons, says Galloway

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2013

George Galloway has said that Israel could have supplied the gas used in what was almost certainly a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week that left hundreds dead.

The Respect party MP, who was speaking in a video posted last week by Iranian media outlet Press TV, claimed that al-Qaeda had carried out the attack, and suggested that Israel had given the terror group the toxic gas.

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Barnet climbs down on park PE charge

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2013

Barnet council has temporarily revoked plans to charge a modern Orthodox primary school £21.50 per class per week for use of a nearby park.

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Kelly Hoppen, the Dragon lady

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

With fiery, curled hair, freckled skin and almost always dressed in black, Kelly Hoppen is the stern-but-fair Jewish businesswoman billed as the poster girl for the latest series of Dragons’ Den on BBC2.

On last Sunday’s programme, Hoppen nostalgically recalled her South African roots as she chewed on a piece of cured meat and compared it to growing up eating biltong.

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Hairdryer is fresh start for weary sheitl wearers

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

Religious women have long complained about sheitls — they are itchy and uncomfortable to wear, and cost a fortune to buy.

Now a London-based Israeli hairdresser has come up with what he calls a sheitl revolution.

“My clients were always complaining about their wigs,” said Roi Korach, who has been hairdressing since he was 14.

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You don’t need a degree for a top job

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

An increasing number of students are turning to apprenticeships over university degrees to secure top jobs in law, accountancy, engineering, IT and journalism.

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Dom Joly’s brutal tweet

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2013

Comedian Dom Joly has described Israeli settlements on the West Bank as a form of “brutal repression”.

During a heated Twitter exchange with Israel-supporter Ben Myers, the Lebanese-born TV personality said: “Just watched 5 Broken Cameras — wonderful, powerful documentary about one village’s resistance to Israeli settlements in West Bank.

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Oh brother: We are here to help with sick kids

By Sandy Rashty, August 19, 2013

At first, acting as a Camp Simcha Big Brother to a boy with a serious illness posed a dilemma for LSE law student James Joseph. “You think: ‘How can I look after a child who has disabilities?’ But, in the end, you just have to treat them as any other child.”

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‘Devil’s Advocate’ who defended Nazis dies

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A controversial lawyer who defended Nazis, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists has died.

French barrister Jacques Vergès, widely known as the ‘Devil’s Advocate’, defended pro-Palestinian terrorist Carlos the Jackal and Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie.

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Teenagers arrested after Guernsey Holocaust plaque vandalised

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A man and a youth have been arrested after a plaque commemorating Holocaust victims was vandalised in Guernsey.

The Jewish Women’s Memorial, which pays tribute to three women who were deported from the island in 1942 and gassed in Auschwitz, was torn from a wall and found discarded nearby.

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Israeli tech makes a splash in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A waste water treatment system developed by an Israeli company is set to flush out across the UK.

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Protests fail to halt Brighton EcoStream party

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton saw record sales during its first anniversary celebrations last weekend — despite being picketed by boycott activists.

Israel supporters from London and along the south coast flocked to the EcoStream store for the festivities.

Sussex Friends of Israel member Daniel Laurence described the event as “excellent — the shop was packed”.

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Kelly Hoppen gives thumbs down to Orthodox Jewish couple on Dragon's Den

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

Strictly Orthodox couple Rachel and Alta Fogel were taking stock this week after their "intimidating" experience on BBC’s Dragons Den last Sunday.

The couple had hoped to impress the panel of entrepreneurs with their Bizzy Bitz toy company and offered a 10 per cent stake in exchange for a £80,000 investment.

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