Sandy Rashty

Gee whizzes to catch and grab Rolex thief

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

A man who stole a Rolex watch from an elderly Jewish man was restrained by a group of three Jewish boys who thwarted the attack last August, a court heard this week.

Mohamed Bin-Ali, 23, pleaded guilty to robbery after he was caught by 27-year-old witness Oliver Gee shortly after the attack near St John’s Wood.

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Featherstone denies snubbing local HMD ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

A political row is raging over the non-appearance of International Development minister Lynne Featherstone at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event in her constituency.

The Jewish Hornsey and Wood Green Lib-Dem MP says she was not notified of the ceremony.

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UK express concern over Israeli ‘abuses’

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

Britain’s Foreign Office has named Israel a “country of concern” in a new quarterly report listing 28 countries. A FCO spokesperson said: “We are concerned about the widespread use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities, child prisoners, handling of protests and demolitions.”

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Survivor's story: 'I didn't know my real family'

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

The family of Joan Salter, 72, fled Brussels in 1942. Assisted by the French Resistance, who hid them in a laundry van, they travelled from Paris to Lyon before attempting to reach Spain. However, she and relatives were captured and imprisoned near the Pyrenees.

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Survivor's story: 'I often wonder why I was spared out of millions'

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

Hungarian-born Professor Ladislaus Lob and his father were in Bergen-Belsen under comparatively privileged conditions. They were among 1,700 Jews who survived through a financial agreement negotiated by Rezso Kasztner with Adolf Eichmann, adminstrator of the Final Solution. Mr Kasztner’s actions were the subject of great post-war controversy in Israel.

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Berlusconi praises Mussolini at Holocaust event

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini at a Shoah commemoration event in Milan on Sunday.

Having appeared to fall asleep during the ceremony, Mr Berlusconi told reporters that while the fascist dictator’s 1938 antisemitic laws were “were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader”, in other respects he “did good things”.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013
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Orthodox group fights to save Hackney project

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

A Jewish housing group has committed £2.5 million to a Stoke Newington project whose future hangs in the balance.

On Tuesday, the Agudas Israel Housing Association launched an appeal against the rejection of plans for a three- and four-storey development in Lordship Road incorporating special-needs and kindergarten facilities and 14 units of affordable housing.

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Yavneh boy gets his wings

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

A Yavneh College pupil has become one of the youngest people in the UK to receive silver wings from the Royal Air Force.

Scott Michaels, 16, qualified after the instructor on his gliding scholarship offered him a surprise solo flight opportunity for the first time earlier this month. He flew the plane for five miles at 800ft.

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Top British students recuited by Israeli academy

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

An Israeli academy, co-funded by the Israel government and Jewish Agency, has opened its doors to British students looking to complete their secondary education in Israel.

High-achieving British students are now being recruited for the Naale Elite Academy, which has four separate streams, and will take the Israeli matriculation exams (bagrut) after completing their GCSEs in the UK.

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Nazi occupied site to be demolished in Guernsey

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

A wall defaced by Nazi propaganda will be torn down to accommodate a new housing project in the Channel Islands.

A Nazi eagle, swastika and two propaganda slogans daubed on a 1930s school wall during the Second World War were uncovered by a historic preservation group last summer.

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MPs question support for Ariel

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

Two Labour MPs have said that people who financially support charities outside Israel’s Green Line should not be entitled to British tax benefits.

Richard Burden and Jeremy Corbyn have asked Parliament to prevent the tax benefits, which apply to all charities registered in Britain, extending to organisations such as British Friends of Ariel University (BFAU).

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Palestinian leader invites Lapid to Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited newly elected Yair Lapid to visit Ramallah.

According to a report on Ynet news, the Palestinian leader intends to accelerate peace talks with Israel’s centre and left parties.

Reports suggest that Mr Lapid, whose party Yesh Atid won 19 Knesset seats on Tuesday, is the first politician to receive an invite.

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Out and About: January 2013

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013
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David Miliband: My family's Shoah experience influenced my politics

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

David Miliband said this week that his family’s experiences during the Nazi era may have influenced his politics — “standing up against oppressive power”.

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Boris is touched by story of woman who 'crawled out' of camp

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Boris Johnson was moved by the “appalling” experiences recounted by a survivor to the City Hall ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

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Survivor's story: 'I was resourceful - I wanted to live'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Janine Webber, 80, fled her home in (then) Poland with one suitcase after the German army occupied her native Lwow in 1941. Taking refuge in a house just outside the town, she, her brother and mother hid in a hole beneath a wardrobe as “screaming” German forces entered and shot her father. Her mother died of typhus shortly afterwards.

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Survivor's story: 'I cried when I could not return to school'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Budapest-born John Dobai, 78, was raised as a Catholic after his Jewish parents converted following the rise of the Nazis. In 1941, his father was summoned for army service when Hungary allied with Germany but was sent for slave labour because of his Jewish origins.

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Yehuda Bauer discusses the Holocaust at LJCC

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Professor Yehuda Bauer discussed Nazi ideology in an address to a Holocaust Memorial Day meeting attended by 170 people at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green on Wednesday.

The professor, who teaches Holocaust studies at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, was presented with an award by Yad Vashem UK chairman Simon Bentley.

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Brighton MP Lucas challenges IDF at pro-Israel lobby

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas told constituents that Israeli authorities were responsible for “blocking humanitarian aid” and “humiliating” the people of Gaza during a pro-Israel lobby day in Parliament.

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