Sandy Rashty

Menorah gets green light for £2 million expansion

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Barnet Council this week approved a £2.1 million expansion to the Menorah Foundation School in Edgware after a lengthy consultation process.

It will enable the primary to increase its capacity over time from the current 280 pupils to 480.

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Gove praises Anne Frank Trust

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Michael Gove has told Anne Frank Trust supporters that the “unique evil and prejudice” of Nazi Germany was a product of social education failings.

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Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.

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Protests turn nasty outside Israeli EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

A woman was arrested last Saturday amid escalating protests outside an Israeli store in Brighton.

Julie Warman, 44, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following an incident during a protest outside EcoStream, a Sussex police spokesperson confirmed.

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An Essex girl goes to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

Welcome to the new face of hasbarah; Samantha Faiers, star of the ITV reality show, The Only Way Is Essex.

The 21-year-old boutique owner was recently taken for her first trip to Israel as a guest of the Israeli Embassy.

She said that she would “definitely recommend” the country after visiting Jerusalem, partying in Tel Aviv and relaxing at a desert spa with her mother and friends.

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Orthodox approach wins approval for £15m Hackney housing project

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

A £15 million-plus housing redevelopment in Clapton Common tailored in part to the needs of Orthodox families has been unanimously approved by Hackney councillors.

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Football fan pleads guilty to racial abuse

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2013

A football fan was fined yesterday for having shouted antisemitic abuse at a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Aston Villa supporter Terry Douglas pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse after police officers overheard him call the unnamed footballer a Jewish c*** during a Premier League match.

The offence took place during the Villa Park match on Boxing Day last year.

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Israel accused of sabotaging Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

Israeli authorities have been accused of sabotaging rumoured Hamas-Fatah reconciliation attempts, after 20 members of Hamas were arrested in a West Bank raid earlier today.

The raid, which occurred early this morning, including the arrest of three Palestinian parliamentarians.

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Women spread swine flu, Hamas columnist claims

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

A Hamas columnist has attributed the outbreak of swine flu to the freedom of women.

In a piece transcribed by Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri) on Friday, Issam Shawer, who writes for Felesteen, claimed that the outbreak of swine flu in the West Bank and Gaza was caused by “women [who] emerge from every corner… and then congregate in one place.

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Bibi faces coalition pressure from Yesh Atid and Jewish Home

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he is looking to form a “national unity” government of right-wing and centre parties.

The prime minister, who was formally invited to form a government by President Shimon Peres on Saturday night, commenced talks with Yesh Atid - the second-largest party in the Knesset - and Jewish Home in Ramat Gan yesterday.

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Clashes at UK embassy in Egypt

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2013

Protesters have reportedly attacked the British embassy in Cairo with petrol bombs.

According to the local media, the attack came after clashes with Egyptian security forces outside the presidential palace this afternoon.

Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are calling for further demonstrations in Tahrir Square, in central Cairo.

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Suicide bomber blast at US embassy in Turkey

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2013

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the US embassy in Ankara this afternoon.

According to various media reports, the apparent terrorist, who has not yet been identified, detonated the bomb by the security checkpoint of the embassy.

A nearby security guard and the bomber were killed.

No militant groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Don’t let online dating break your heart

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2013

What ever did we do before online dating? It is hard to imagine that, before the arrival of JDate and the like, young Jews depended on finding partners through such unreliable methods as introductions, mutual friends and — shock, horror — chance meetings at parties.

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Advice from the coach: Once you’ve got a date, how do you make sure it goes well?

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2013

Dating coach Jo Barnett offers her tips:

WOMEN
- It’s an obvious point, but make the most of your looks. Always have nice hair, make-up and never wear too many layers — it will remind him of his grandma.

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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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