Sandy Rashty

‘Jews were scapegoats’ in Guinness scandal, claims peer

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Lord Mandelson has backed a call for a public inquiry into the Guinness scandal, arguing that the Jewish businessmen jailed over the affair were scapegoats.

In 1990, Ernest Saunders, Tony Parnes, Sir Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in inflating the value of Guinness shares and all, except Sir Jack, were jailed.

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Family of vanished oil tycoon battle it out over £65m fortune

By Sandy Rashty, February 2, 2015

The estate of a Brazilian Jewish tycoon is being fought over by his mother and wife after he was declared dead by a judge last Thursday.

Oil and gas tycoon Guma Aguiar was last seen two years ago, manning his motor boat in Florida. The boat – called T.T Zion - washed up to shore the next day, with no trace of Mr Aguiar. His mobile and wallet were found on board the 31 ft boat.

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Livni and Bennett go head to head over Golan Heights

By Sandy Rashty, February 2, 2015

Israeli politicians Tzipi Livni and Naftali Bennett confronted each other during a debate over the Golan Heights.

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The changing face of charity shops

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

Enter one of the seven Norwood charity shops located in London’s main Jewish areas and you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the premises of a major high street retailer.

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British Veterinary Association attacked for ‘obsession’ with banning shechita

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

A communal leader has criticised the British Veterinary Association for being “obsessed” with attacking religious slaughter.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, said the BVA’s focus on the issue was preventing the organisation from tackling more serious animal welfare concerns.

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Galloway Question Time appearance is chance to call MP to account, says Board

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

The Board of Deputies has explained why it did not to sign a letter with the Jewish Leadership Council which questioned the BBC’s decision to invite George Galloway onto its Question Time programme.

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Jewish Care and Nightingale benefit as Wohl Legacy hands out £20 million grant

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

One of the Jewish community’s leading charitable foundations marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20million to leading organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.

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Former England boss Venables picks his team of Israel's top tech players

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Former England manager Terry Venables has chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to take part in a groundbreaking initiative to boost trade between Israel and the UK.

Mr Venables and ex-Football Association chairman Lord Triesman were among the judges who selected the top 20 start-ups from 80 firms which applied to attend the Future Sport conference in March.

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Former England boss Terry Venables’s latest selection – a team of Israel high-tech companies

By Sandy Rashty, January 27, 2015

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman and Terry Venables, the former England manager, have chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to participate in a business delegation to the UK.

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Nottingham council debate boycott motion

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Nottingham City Council debated a motion to boycott Israel this afternoon.

The 15 minute session at around 2pm today took place after a petition signed by 5,107 people was put forward by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Happy 70th Birthday Bob Marley! Israelis cover 'Could you be loved'

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Ahead of Bob Marley's birthday next Friday (February 6), these Israelis have covered his well-known jam Could you be loved .

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Eric Pickles praises Polish resistance war effort

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles praised Polish resistance on a visit to Warsaw Zoo today, where more than 300 Jews were hidden during the Holocaust.

He commended Jan Żabiński, who was director of the zoo during the Nazi occupation of Poland, for saving the lives of Jews.

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Money Mensch Martin Lewis victim of commuter rage

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

Journalist Martin Lewis was a victim of “commuter outrage” on his way to work on Wednesday, he has revealed on his Facebook page.

Mr Lewis, who writes a money-saving tips Money Mensch column in the JC, was attacked by the entrance of Waterloo station.

He wrote: “Feeling slightly shaken having just been a victim of commuter rage.

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Protest over boycott move in Nottingham

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

Community leaders in Nottingham have called on the city council to reject a motion to boycott Israel put forward by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

The motion, which was signed by 5,107 people, will be debated next Monday.

But the Orthodox and Liberal congregations have written a joint letter in protest.

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Tel Aviv's Boris comes to City Hall

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

When Boris Johnson met Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai in London, the talk was of building trade ties, improving public transport and bicycles.

At a private meeting at City Hall, both men flagged the success of their respective cities' rent-a-bike schemes.

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Israelis brace for Hizbollah revenge attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Israeli civilians living in the north have been advised to stay in their homes today, after the region was put on high alert for a possible terrorist attack.

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Four men charged over Paris killings

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Four men have been accused of assisting the gunman who shot four hostages at a Parisian kosher supermarket this month.

The men – aged 22, 25, 26 and 28 – have received preliminary charges of association with terrorism.

They are believed to have provided Amedy Coulibaly – who shot a French policewoman a day before attacking the kosher Hyper Cacher store – with logistical support.

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Police move to calm fears after false alarm over Golders Green car

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Security groups have called on the London Jewish community to remain calm after a false alarm was raised on social media and neighbourhood forums over “men” behaving suspiciously.

Yesterday afternoon, messages were circulated calling on the community to report a car seen in a Jewish area of north-west London to police, including anti-terrorism officers.

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