Sandy Rashty

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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Top award for Hungarian ‘hate’ journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has called on the government to revoke an award given to an allegedly antisemitic TV presenter last Friday.

Ferenc Szaniszlo, who works for the privately-owned Echo TV, was presented with Hungary’s top journalism prize, the Tancsics Award.

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Alexandra Burke to celebrate Israel's 65th birthday

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2013

The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will perform at next month's Zionist Federation event, celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday.

The star, who spent time singing at weddings and barmitzvahs with leading simchah performers the Gilev Showband before her rise to fame in 2008, will perform at the Yom Ha’atzmaut event on April 16.

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Jewish man shot in the West Bank, Israeli police confirm

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2013

A Jewish man was reportedly shot in the West Bank yesterday morning.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, was attacked by a passing car near a bus station that is often used for hitchhiking, southwest of Nablus.

According to a report on Ha'aretz news, the victim had already hitchhiked from Karnei Shomron to the Kedumim junction.

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Baby survives mother’s eight-storey suicide leap

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

A Jewish lawyer from New York jumped out of an eight-storey building in Harlem with her 10-month-old son strapped to her body last Wednesday afternoon.

Ms Wachenheim, a law graduate from Columbia University, who was on maternity leave, mistakenly believed her son had a developmental disability for which she was responsible.

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Specialist stores buying in big for Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

The perennial Pesach battle between supermarkets and kosher stores has been renewed with vigour.

Significant reductions offered by Tesco and other market leaders have forced kosher stores to “buy in bulk”, according to Joseph Cohen, owner of Hendon shop B Kosher.

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Rakusen’s matzah is back at Tesco

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

Rakusen’s matzahs are once again on the Tesco shelves for Pesach following resolution of a pricing dispute.

At the time of the disagreement back in 2009, Rakusen’s complained that the supermarket was “hammering people all the time over prices. It’s just not viable to stock goods there.”

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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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