Sandy Rashty

Israel could resume talks with Hamas, says Peres

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel could negotiate with Hamas if the terrorist group renounced violence and recognised Israel.

During an address at a Christian conference today, President Peres said: "People ask about Hamas, why aren't we talking with Hamas?

“There is nothing wrong with that as long as we get an answer from them.

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Israeli President Peres defends Abbas on peace

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres has praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for promoting “peace rather than terror”.

President Peres defended the Palestinian leader while implying that the more forceful approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was not conducive to peace.

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Alistair Burt attacks Israeli settlement plans

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt attacked Israel’s plans to build new settlements beyond the Green Line in a statement released today.

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Hamas block on Israeli media

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Hamas has issued a ban to prevent officials and Palestinian journalists from co-operating with Israeli media, according to various reports.

Hamas leaders based in Gaza will no longer be available for interviews with Israeli journalists following an order that was issued this week.

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High Court rules in favour of free school in Mill Hill

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

A legal appeal against Barnet Council’s decision to approve plans for a new Jewish free school in Mill Hill was dismissed last Friday.

The High Court application for judicial review into the planning authority’s approval of Etz Chaim Primary School in March 2012 was made by Daniel Coleman on behalf of 1,000 disabled and elderly local residents.

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United States was not target for spy Pollard

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

A recently declassified CIA document suggests that Jonathan Pollard, the imprisoned American who spied for Israel, was never asked to obtain sensitive information on the US.

The report by the CIA included polygraph-monitored statements given by Pollard shortly after he had been handed a life sentence by US prosecutors in 1987.

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Few turn out to vote on Egyptian constitution

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2012

Less than one third of voters participated in the two-part referendum on Egypt’s controversial new constitution, which concluded on Saturday.

Unofficial polls suggest that 63 per cent of the eight-million who voted were in favour of the constitution. The official outcome will be announced by the country’s electoral commission this afternoon.

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ANC makes Israel boycott official

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2012

South Africa’s ruling party announced that the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement will now form part of its official policy.

The African National Congress (ANC) endorsed the campaign in response to a call from pro-Palestinian activists, including BDS South Africa.

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Is he Britain’s next top model?

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Romeo Beckham may be the face of Burberry’s latest campaign, but Zack Cohen, 11, will model the John Lewis spring-summer line. The JFS student, grandson of Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen and son of former JC staffer Suzanne Baum, said he was “very excited” to model the “surfer-boy style which I like”.

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Off the back of a lorry

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Britain’s only strictly Orthodox lorry driver, Moshe Rothstein, is to swap his 44-tonne, 55-foot truck for a truncheon after becoming a special constable.

The 28-year-old, known as Mozza to his colleagues, will now volunteer part-time for Greater Manchester Police in Salford — not so much a cop out, as a cop in.

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Mossad man at the Daily Mail

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Board of Deputies vice-president Alex Brummer has made the shortlist for Polemic of the Year in the Paddy Power and Total Politics Political Awards for his book, Britain for Sale, about foreign takeovers of British companies.

The JC understands that Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre occasionally calls Mr Brummer his “Mossad agent” in odd attempts at affection.

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Embassy’s lack of Irish charm

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

When it comes to publicity, someone should tell the Israeli Embassy in Ireland that there are better ways to promote Israel’s cause than posting a distasteful message next to a photo of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

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Oona King who would be ice queen

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Reality TV may be an unlikely place to find a baroness, but Oona King will soon be strutting her stuff in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice competition.

The 45-year-old former MP was last seen taking on Ken Livingstone for the right to be Labour’s London mayoral candidate.

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Not the most wanted award

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Ha’aretz journalist Gideon Levy has a new title to add to his CV after he was named Dishonest Reporter of the Year.

The “award” was bestowed by Israeli media monitoring organisation Honest Reporting, which accused Mr Levy of “misrepresenting an Israeli opinion poll to conclude that the Israeli public supports apartheid”.

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University bosses rebuke anti-Israel lecturer

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

A lecturer has been chastised by Brighton University officials for using university equipment to promote anti-Israel discourse.

Tom Hickey used the university’s communication system to distribute a student and staff email entitled: “Palestine: the dispossession of a people.”

A university administrator called him in to discuss the email.

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Two UK teens arrested in Kotel protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Two young British women were detained in a Jerusalem police station after taking part in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest last Friday.

The 18-year-olds, currently on RSY-Netzer’s Israel gap-year programme, were detained for four-and-a-half hours after morning prayers at the Western Wall.

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Optimism that EU will label Hizbollah ‘terrorists’

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

The US and Israel-led campaign to have Hizbollah labelled a terrorist organisation by the EU and secure a Europe-wide ban on the group has taken a step forward.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces pimping inquiry in France

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Judges have confirmed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face a pimping inquiry, despite an appeal from the former presidential candidate’s legal team on Wednesday morning.

Mr Strauss-Kahn and four other men are accused of knowing fraudulently obtained money was being paid to the vice girls by a prostitution racket based in Lille, northern France, according to the Telegraph.

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Security Council members blast Israel on settlement plan

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

Four Security Council members, including the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement on Wednesday attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to proceed with the E1 settlement plan.

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal said they “strongly oppose” the decision to build 2,612 housing units in East Jerusalem.

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Bomb threat to LA synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

A Los Angeles Reform synagogue has been closed while police investigate a series of bomb threats.

A suspicious package, discovered adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Monday, was blown up by the LA Police Department (LAPD). The package was not found to contain any explosives.

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