Sandy Rashty

WJC president ‘sought to buy election result’

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder has been asked to stand aside by the organisation’s vice-president in the wake of accusations that he offered a large sum of money to influence an Austrian community leadership election in November.

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Israeli shop ‘set to sue’ protesters in Brighton

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

An Israeli shop in Brighton is set to issue legal proceedings against pro-Palestine activists who have picketed at the eco-friendly store for the past three months.

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Lieberman indicted with breach of trust

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been indicted for breach of trust.

The charge against the Israeli leader was announced by a government spokesperson on Thursday, following a 12-year-long investigation into Mr Lieberman’s business and political conduct.

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Netanyahu uses Twitter to ‘strengthen’ dialogue with Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to launch a new Twitter account in Arabic in an attempt to develop his relationships in the Middle East.

The move will allow his office to contact respondents directly in Arabic. The idea, said Mr Netanyahu's Arab media spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, was "[to strengthen] dialogue with Arab media and public opinion”.

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WJC Secretary General resigns

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

World Jewish Congress Secretary General Dan Diker has announced that he will leave the organisation in January 2013.

The former WJC adviser on Middle East policy cited “administrative reasons” for his departure.

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Germany votes to keep circumcision legal

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

The German parliament approved a new bill to protect male circumcision on Wednesday.

The new ruling, which legalises the circumcision of male infants by authorised practitioners, was passed by an overwhelming majority of 434 to 100 votes.

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UCL students challenge referendum on Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

University College London students have been faced with a large-scale pro-Palestine campaign ahead of a union referendum on the "inhumane situation in Gaza”.

The referendum will determine whether the university’s union, UCLU, will adopt the motion as policy and take any action “in light of the on-going conflict.”

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US senator calls on Europe to designate Hizbollah a terrorist organisation

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2012

European governments must recognise Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation to prevent recruitment and fundraising in their respective countries, according recommendations in a draft US resolution.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, the president’s adviser on terrorism, drafted the resolution in a bid to drawn attention to the activities of the Lebanon-based militant group.

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Chanucah 2012

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2012
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Congress members visit businessman jailed in Bolivia

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

The American businessman jailed in Bolivia without charge was visited by two members of the US Congress last week.

Congress members Chris Smith and Nydia Velazquez sought to secure the release of grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who has been in jail for 18 months and denies all allegations against him.

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Burial area reviving interest in early Bath

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

South-West community leaders have launched an appeal to save the 200-year-old Jewish burial ground in Bath.

The Greendown Place area was created to serve the small Bath community in 1812 but later abandoned as members moved to Bristol in the early 1900s. The unkempt site has been renovated by the Friends of the burial ground, which has 150 supporters, and the Combe Down Heritage Group.

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MacKenzie is sunny on Israel, if not on Leveson

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie attacked the Leveson inquiry but spoke warmly of Israel at an Emunah dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday which raised £220,000.

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Donald Trump tells Lord Sugar he is ‘nothing’

By Sandy Rashty, December 7, 2012

US billionaire Donald Trump has bitterly attacked Lord Sugar as “never successful” enough.

Mr Trump fronts the American version of the tv show The Apprentice.

In a Twitter attack on the BBC star, Mr Trump told the self-made Londoner: “Unlike you, I own The Apprentice. You were never successful enough.”

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Chabad event brings 800 people to Edmonton

By Sandy Rashty, December 7, 2012

A Chabad-inspired music and discussion event was attended by 850 people at The Prince and Princess Banqueting Hall in Edmonton.

“Everyone got up and danced," said Chabad Wimbledon's Rabbi Daniel Saunders, one of the organisers. "It was an evening of people coming together.”

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Austrian community says Ron Lauder “unwelcome”

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

The Austrian Jewish community has declared World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder an “unwelcome person” for allegedly interfering in their affairs, according to a report in Haaretz.

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Yishai tops Shas list, Deri comes second

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Shas, Israel’s religious Sephardi party, has announced its official list for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai was awarded top spot by the party’s Council of Torah Sages.

Aryeh Deri came second and Ariel Attias won third place.

In an interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Mr Deri denied that he was running for the top position.

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UN ignored Israel’s security needs, says Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United Nations “completely ignored Israel’s security needs” when it granted Palestine non-member status.

Mr Netanyahu made the statement during a diplomatic visit to Prague on Wednesday, in which he thanked the Czech Republic for voting against the Palestinian UN bid.

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Hamas minister plans to create a Palestinian Defence Ministry

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

A Hamas minister has announced that the party may create a Palestinian defence ministry in response to the Israel-Gaza situation.

The decision, announced during a ceremony to honour Palestinian officers on Wednesday, came in response to the latest outbreak in which more than 150 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

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MacKenzie: anti-Israel coverage is ‘a form of proxy for antisemitism’

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has suggested that hostile media coverage of Israel is “a form of proxy for antisemitism by journalists in the West.”

Speaking to the JC at the annual dinner for the charity, Emunah, he said that he was “puzzled” by the anti-Israel stance generally adopted in the British media.

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JWA: Laura's story

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

LAURA, 24, MARRIED YOUNG AFTER A MATCH WAS MADE IN ISRAEL. SHE NOW LIVES IN LONDON WITH HER TWO CHILDREN AND IS TRYING TO OBTAIN A GET (RELIGIOUS DIVORCE)

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