Sandy Rashty

Neo-Nazis Golden Dawn plan to open nursery schools

By Sandy Rashty, March 15, 2013

Leaders of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have announced plans to open nursery schools.

The decision came after the organisation ran a pilot class at the party’s offices in Artemida last month.

More than 20 children, aged six to 10, were taught “Greek ideals” and mythology in accordance with the ideological values of the third most popular party in Greece.

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JFS entrepreneurs’ generation game for boys from Mill Hill

By Sandy Rashty, March 15, 2013

A Mill Hill-based father and son both set up successful businesses while at JFS, derailing from the traditional educational track.

JFS “boys” Andy and James Gilmore, 45 and 15, both established their own businesses because “we have the entrepreneurial flair from an early age,” explained the father of two.

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Austrians say life was not bad under Hitler

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

Forty two per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned ahead of Tuesday’s 75th anniversary of the Anschluss — the Nazi-led union of Germany with Austria — said that life under Hitler was “not all bad”.

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US medal of honour postponed for hate tweeter

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

An Egyptian journalist who was due to receive a US medal of honour had her award postponed and was put under investigation by White House officials after she was accused of supporting terrorist activities.

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Jewish woman pays tribute to Catholic saviours

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

A British woman who was saved from the Nazis during the war has paid tribute to the Catholic family who gave her shelter — and who were honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem last week.

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Israel not attractive for tourists, says survey

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

Israel is an unattractive travel destination for tourists due to escalating prices, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum.

The competitive economic survey, conducted last weekend by the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), ranked Israel 53rd out of the 140 countries listed.

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Jews of Egypt film banned by security officials

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2013

Egyptian security officials have banned the screening of a Jewish documentary at Egyptian cinemas.

The ban was imposed one day before the "Jews of Egypt" documentary was due to be screened at three national cinemas today – no reasons were provided.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, the documentary looked at the lives of Egyptian Jews from the 1900s to the 1950s.

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Palestinian rocket may have killed family of BBC journalist, says UN report

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A United Nations report yesterday announced that a misfired Palestinian rocket may have killed family members of a BBC journalist during the Israel-Gaza conflict last November.

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Arabic and English website tells story of Middle Eastern Jews

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A non-profit organisation, modelled on Holocaust research groups, has launched 11 new websites to detail the exodus of Jews from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Veteran American Zionist dies aged 98

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

A veteran Jewish leader who championed Zionism, challenged antisemitism and strengthened US-Israel relations, has died.

Jacques Torczyner, once president of the right-wing Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA), died aged 98.

The current ZOA president, Morton Klein, described him as a “tireless and galvanising figure of American Zionism.

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Banking on JSoc growth at Canary Wharf

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

JSocs are spreading into the corporate arena, allowing Jewish employees at major financial and law firms In Canary Wharf to get together for social, cultural and religious activities.

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Rabbi Freedman places great faith in networking benefits

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Rabbi Moshe Freedman is the Jewish chaplain within the multi-faith Canary Wharf team, working one day a week. The chaplains are independent of the Canary Wharf Group but CWG provides free office space

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‘I was helped — now I'm helping'

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Hasmonean student Pini Stimler, 16, was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four and has been in remission for eight years.

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Sammy stars as Camp Simcha makes £1 million

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

An eight-year-old boy with a rare and incurable inflammatory bowel disease was the star of the show at Camp Simcha’s London dinner on Monday, which raised over £1 million.

Sammy Bentwood last year appeared on the West End stage as the small boy in Billy Elliot and enthralled the 900-plus dinner guests with a performance of the musical’s top song, Electricity.

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'They have given us nice memories'

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Tara Kar is grateful for the “practical support” from her Camp Simcha family liaison officer after her son Luca was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at 18-months-old. Luca, who is now three, is in remission after undergoing chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

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Yes, I’m professional — what’s the problem?

By Sandy Rashty, March 8, 2013

Leeds quizzer extraordinaire Barry Simmons has made it through to the finals of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain 2013 – but not everyone is rejoicing.

The BBC confirmed that “there have been five official complaints from people who think it’s unfair that [Mr Simmons] is allowed to compete”.

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Israeli water is cool in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

British environment minister Richard Benyon welcomed a 14-strong group of Israeli water company delegates at the Foreign Office on Tuesday, for an event organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

Mr Benyon said he wanted “to attract inward investment to the UK” as the Israeli group joined more than 150 representatives from India, Europe and the USA.

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US postpones award for 'Hitler tweet' journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

An Egyptian journalist who was due to receive a US medal of honour had her award postponed and was put under investigation by White House officials after she was accused of supporting terrorist activity.

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Holocaust survivor and Occupy inspiration dies

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Stéphane Hessel, co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an inspiration for the global Occupy movement, died last week aged 95.

Mr Hessel was born in Berlin but moved to Paris with his Jewish father and Protestant mother when he was eight. He became a naturalised French citizen in 1939.

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