Sandy Rashty

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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JWA: Aaron's story

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

AARON, 15, HAS SUFFERED PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE FROM HIS FATHER — AS HAVE HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS

“Dad was very violent to mum,” he says. “The longest period of him not being violent was two weeks. There was police involvement on several occasions. He hit me and my sister. When dad was hitting mum, I felt very scared. As I got older I tried to intervene.

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Danny Ayalon dropped from Knesset list

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is the latest victim of the Yisrael Beitenu political reshuffle.

Party chairman Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, announced that Mr Ayalon would not form part of the next Knesset list for the January election.

The decision comes after two controversial party figures announced that they would also leave politics.

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Amy Winehouse’s property sold for nearly £2m

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Amy Winehouse’s north London property was sold at auction for nearly £2m yesterday.

The Back to Black singer’s former home in Camden Square was sold for £1.98m after five buyers battled it out at an auction house in Piccadilly.

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Amy Winehouse’s property sold for nearly £2m

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Amy Winehouse’s north London property was sold at auction for nearly £2m yesterday.

The Back to Black singer’s former home in Camden Square was sold for £1.98m after five buyers battled it out at an auction house in Piccadilly.

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Two arrested in connection with Toulouse shootings

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Two people have been arrested in connection with killing of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse earlier this year.

A Gypsy and his former partner have been questioned by police on suspicion of acting as accomplices to self-proclaimed “Islamic warrior” Mohammed Merah.

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American who spied for Israel collapses in US prison

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

An American who spied for Israel is currently under medical supervision after he collapsed in prison on Friday night.

Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying on the US Navy, fell ill at the Federal Correction Institution in North Carolina.

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Bosnia's Refugees: 'It was very hard going at first'

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

DR ELA SMILJANIC-HURLEY, 32,WAS 12 WHEN SHE WAS BROUGHT OUT OF MOSTAR. SHE GAINED A PHD IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FROM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON AND NOW WORKS AT A MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTRE IN MILL HILL.

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Bosnia's Refugees: ‘My biggest worry was my family'

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

DRAGAN UNGAR, 65, LEFT SARAJEVO IN 1992. A BANK CLERK IN BOSNIA, HE STARTED WORK IN LONDON AS A CARETAKER AT JEWISH CARE, LATER BECOMING ADMINISTRATOR AT THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS CENTRE IN HENDON. HIS WIFE VERA IS ALSO A JEWISH CARE ADMINISTRATOR AND THEY HAVE TWO ADULT SONS.

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