Sandy Rashty

Man who called Jews ‘scum’ back in jail

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

A Welsh man who was jailed for encouraging racial hatred is back in prison after being given a 12 month sentence for harassment.

Trevor Hannington, who was associated with the far-right Aryan Strike Force, was jailed for two years under the Terrorism Act in 2010.

The neo-Nazi had described Jews as “scum” that should be “destroyed”.

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Jewish leaders reject Lord Ahmed apology

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

The Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust have rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for suggesting that Jews control the media.

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Leave Holocaust in the past, BNP Griffin tells radio station run by JFS students

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

British National Party leader Nick Griffin gave an interview to a small digital radio station run by JFS students last weekend — and told the interviewer that the Holocaust “needs to be left in the past”.

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Neo-Nazi Greek party plans international expansion

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

Greece’s Golden Dawn party has reportedly embarked on an international expansion campaign.

The neo-Nazi party, which is linked to black-shirted gangs that terrorise ethnic minorities and immigrants in Greece, has established a transatlantic group to preach the party’s policies in the United States.

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Spanish politicians reject Holocaust memorial

By Sandy Rashty, April 3, 2013

Politicians from the Spanish region of Galicia have rejected a draft resolution to commemorate the Holocaust, according to reports.

In Spain's provincial administrations, a council of speakers must approve a national resolution before it is submitted to the local parliament.

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Israel's Jewish population passes six million

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

As Jewish diaspora has shrunk, the number of Jews in Israel has passed the six million mark, making it the home of the largest number of Jews in world, according to a university report published in Yedioth Ahronoth.

The report attributes the figures to the increasing number of people who have made aliyah and Israel's rising birth rate.

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Detained medic in United Arab Emirates ‘not guilty’ of manslaughter

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August was found not guilty of manslaughter by an Abu Dhabi judge last Thursday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is now waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach. The verdict coincidentally came on South Africa’s human rights day — March 21.

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Tesco tart bacon-bound

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman from Manchester felt “cheesed off” after discovering her Tesco lunch was laden with bacon.

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Genetic screening may be under UK threat

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A row has erupted over a potential government decision to discontinue screening for life-shortening diseases that have a high degree of frequency in the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

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What Sylvia did in Winston Churchill's War Cabinet

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman who served the British government during the Second World War still remembers Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “grin”.

Sylvia Goodman, née Arnold, who worked in the civil service during the war, has had her lifetime collection of documents, photographs and letters showcased at the Jewish Military Museum in London.

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Israeli Arab wins TV talent show in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

An Israeli-Arab citizen has won a TV talent singing competition in Israel.

Lina Makhoul, 19, won The Voice last week with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s "Halleujah" at the final in Tel Aviv.

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Lord Ahmed apologises to the Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

The Community Security Trust has rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for his “unacceptable” comments that suggested Jews controlled the media and British politics.

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LJCC ready to cook

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

The London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green is cooking up a storm following the donation of a new kitchen.

Gifted by Poggenpohl, it will be used for cookery classes, demonstrations and event catering. LJCC marketing director Mandy King said the kitchen added “another string to our educational bow — we’re thrilled”.

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Boys battle racism in football

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Two 13-year-old schoolboys have embarked on a mission to combat racism in football.

Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham Football Club co-owner David Sullivan, has teamed up with his Jewish schoolfriend Joshua Klein.

Both boys, who attend Chigwell School, participated in the BBC-led School Report initiative, which involved young people making and submitting a news report on Thursday.

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David Cameron wishes Jewish community a happy Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the British Jewish community and wished it a happy and peaceful Pesach.

“I send my very best wishes to Jewish communities in Britain and internationally celebrating Passover this year,” he said.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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South African professor not guilty, UAE court finds

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, was finally found not guilty by an Abu Dhabi judge yesterday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach.

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Cherie Blair helps women gain a voice at Israeli Business Club

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Cherie Blair spoke about the importance of women’s empowerment at an event hosted by the Israeli Business Club (IBC) last week.

In honour of International Women’s Week, the IBC hosted its first event for Israeli women living in the UK, giving them the opportunity to network and promote their businesses from social media to make-up artistry.

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Cost and fears of terror limit Israel tourism

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel is a less attractive travel destination for tourists due to increasing hotel prices and the impact of terrorism on business, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum.

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