Sandy Rashty

Last remaining Mumbai gunman executed in India

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2012

The only surviving Pakistani gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was executed this morning.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab was hanged in Pune's Yerwada prison in India, despite a plea for mercy from Pakistan.

The attacks on a Chabad house, hotels and railway station on November 26 2008, led to the deaths of 166 people.

Mr Qasab was involved in the attack on the main railway station.

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Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.

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Kim Kardashian apologises for ‘offensive’ pro-Israel tweet

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

Kim Kardashian deleted a pro-Israel message on Twitter after she received a torrent of abuse from pro-Palestinian organisations.

The reality TV star told more than 16,660,000 followers that she was “praying for everyone in Israel” on Friday morning.

However, she was subsequently called a “disgrace” and told: “Die in hell” by angry opponents.

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Chief Rabbi blames Iran for Israel- Gaza conflict, live on BBC radio

By Sandy Rashty, November 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has told BBC listeners that the blame for the Gaza conflict should be placed on Iran.

The chief rabbi had given the Thought For The Day, the daily religious item on the Today programme on Radio 4, when he was asked what he thought of the current Israel- Gaza conflict. Lord Sacks said: "I think it's got to do with Iran."

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Barnet Council approves eruv despite opposition

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Barnet Council has approved plans for a local eruv despite the opposition of a Tory councillor who said that the religious boundary would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area”.

High Barnet councillor David Longstaff, cabinet member for safety and resident engagement, challenged the proposal at a planning sub-committee meeting at the town hall on Monday.

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Lloyd Webber and Cowell take starring roles at Norwood dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

A showbiz element has always been a feature of the Norwood dinner and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell headed a stellar cast.

The composer — who was interviewed about his career—saw the irony in Norwood inviting a “Tory peer to be the warm-up act for the leader of the Labour Party”.

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Miliband hails 'fantastic' Norwood at £3m dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Ed Miliband has told 1,100 Norwood supporters that charities should never be regarded as “a soft touch” for government cuts.

Addressing Norwood’s annual dinner on Monday at London’s Grosvenor House, which raised £3 million-plus, the Labour leader acknowledged that it had been “a very tough year” for charities heavily reliant on private donors.

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North London couple receive retailer award

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Jason and Rachel Heller, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, have won the Best New Retailer honour at the annual Nursery Industry Awards.

The couple run north London-based Huggle, a baby product and service provider.

"We are thrilled to have been recognised by the industry. We both did the right thing investing in the growth of this business," Mr Heller said.

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Miliband hails 'fantastic' Norwood at £3m dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Ed Miliband has told 1,100 Norwood supporters that charities should never be regarded as "a soft touch" for government cuts.

Addressing Norwood's annual dinner on Monday at London's Grosvenor House, which raised £3 million-plus, the Labour leader acknowledged that it had been "a very tough year" for charities heavily reliant on private donors.

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UJIA's young property dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

UJIA's young property dinner at London’s Le Méridien hotel raised £20,000 for a medical faculty in Israel.

Irvine Sellar, developer of the Shard building, was guest speaker at the event, attended by 140 people.

UJIA's Rachel Nagus said: "There was a brilliant atmosphere in the room and it was great to see so many young property professionals networking."

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King of Thailand grants Israeli murderer a royal pardon

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2012

An Israeli who murdered his ex-wife and dismembered her body in Bangkok, has received a royal pardon from the King of Thailand.

Eli Cohen Maimon was arrested in February 2004 after he killed his ex-wife Carol within 24 hours of them arriving in Bangkok.

He was arrested at the Israeli embassy as he filed a missing person report, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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Actress Isla Fisher stands by her conversion to Judaism

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen's wife recently said she made the right choice by converting to Judaism in 2007.

Actress Isla Fisher, originally from Australia, said Jewish values suited her love of family and food during an interview with Women’s Health magazine .

She now has two young daughters with The Dictator comedian.

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British officer and EU adviser moves to ‘Palestine’

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2012

A senior British officer, who was sent to advise Palestinian police by an EU committee, has retired from the police force to move to the region .

Former Chief Inspector Andrew Udall, from Shropshire, is the first British officer who was sent to advise, train and equip Palestinian police by the EU Co-ordination Office.

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Mossad but true

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2012

Conspiracy theorists get started here. The blindfolded boy who selected the new pope of Egypt’s Coptic Church on Sunday is named Bishoy Gerges MOSSAD. Here we go...

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Oh, please, Stephanie Theobald

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2012

The Sunday Times magazine claims that celebrities are attracted to being Jewish – because Jews are rich.

Stephanie Theobald aligns philo-semitism with “the attraction of the monetary rewards connected with being Jewish” in a piece laden with Jew-money cliches.

Irresponsible at best.

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Jewish community commemorates Kristallnacht

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2012

Jewish communities across the globe are commemorating the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, remembers the pogrom attack of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues in Germany and Austria on November 9-10 1938.

Ninety-one Jews were killed and 30,000 people were marched to concentration camps along the streets covered in broken glass.

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Unsung hero is a big wheel in charity cycles

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2012

The inspiring story of a London solicitor with an incurable neurological condition who has continued his charity involvement was told to the 500 people at a Jewish Care lunch on Wednesday.

Douglas Silas received the Topland Jewish Care Unsung Hero Award at Grosvenor House in London’s West End.

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Game on - Yavneh students invent a best-seller

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2012

Seven Yavneh College boys have designed a board game that is set to go global.

As part of a business and enterprise challenge, the year-eight pupils at the Borehamwood school came up with the strategy-focused “Buzzing Battle Bees”.

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Sheffield JSoc

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2012

Photos from events organised by Sheffield JSoc, including a bagel lunch, pub crawl and "Pizza in the Hut" with the rabbi.

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