Sandy Rashty

The Observer issues correction over Israel chemical weapons slur

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

The Observer newspaper has issued a correction over a claim that Israel used chemical weapons against people in Gaza.

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Lord Saatchi defends brother Charles over Nigella divorce

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

Lord Saatchi has defended his brother Charles over his high-profile divorce from TV chef Nigella Lawson.

Tory peer Maurice Saatchi, 67, said his elder brother was a victim of “persecution mania”.

Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson, respectively 70 and 53, divorced after the advertising mogul appeared to be grabbing his wife’s throat outside a Mayfair restaurant in June.

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Missing British trekker: body found

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

A body, believed to be that of a missing British trekker, has been found in Nepal.

George Abboudi, 22, was last seen at the beginning of August, before leaving friends to embark on a hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the north of the country.

A member of his family has confirmed that authorities discovered a body in the region.

There is no evidence of foul play.

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Overlooked VC hero will be honoured after all

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2013

The government has said that it is investigating ways to honour foreign soldiers who won the Victoria Cross while serving in the British armed forces during the First World War.

The move comes in response to protests against plans to honour only British-born VC heroes.

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Biblical names back in vogue for baby boys

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Naming babies after biblical patriarchs has made a comeback in the UK, according to a list compiled by the Jewish Baby Directory website from around 1000 birth announcements in the JC.

The list reveals that the top 10 baby boy names for the Hebrew year 5773 are Jack, Samuel, Jacob, Joshua and Joseph, followed by Harry, James, Louis, Max and Raphael.

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Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley join Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley are among the 15 celebrities set to compete on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it was announced this week.

Ms Feltz said she had agreed to go on the dance-themed reality show to acquire a new skill. She confessed: “I can’t jive, I can’t salsa, I can’t cha cha cha, I can’t waltz — I just can’t dance at all.”

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World-famous writers campaign against destruction of Palestinian villages

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

International literary stars have signed an Israeli-led campaign to condemn the destruction of Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron hills.

The campaign was initiated by Israeli author David Grossman last June and has been backed by Nobel laureates, poets and playwrights around the world.

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Driver gets a ticket as disabled try to board coach

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A day trip to Southend for a group of elderly and disabled Jewish social club members ended in disappointment when their driver received a parking ticket as they boarded the coach. A traffic warden fined the coach driver as he waited for around 15 members of the Golders Green-based New Faces Club, supporting the physically handicapped, to get into the vehicle.

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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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