Sandy Rashty

Yavneh school repair project proves a vehicle for knowledge

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Three Yavneh College boys have spent almost three years restoring a lifeless Land Rover to full working order as part of the Borehamwood school’s “Classic Car Rebuild” project.

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Tzedek enjoys moving experience

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

International aid charity Tzedek has relocated its offices from West Hampstead to central London.

Tzedek moved on Wednesday from JHub, which houses a variety of organisations committed to social action.

Chief executive Jude Williams said the move was a “very exciting step. We’ve spent the past four years at JHub — and before that we spent years working from someone’s home.

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Hackney Synagogue completes Triangle

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

A fresh chapter in the lengthy history of the Hackney and East London Synagogue was the consecration of its Triangle Road premises by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The shul’s Rev Naftali Tiefenbrun and emeritus minister Alan Greenblat were among more than 70 guests at the celebratory brunch.

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Labour leader attacks 'radical' Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Israel’s Labour party leader said she would not form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the “radicalisation” of his Likud party.

During a meeting that took place with Labour leaders and members of the Knesset yesterday, Shelly Yachimovich said: "I aspire to be elected prime minister, but if I'm not, I will head the opposition.

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Saga bans Israel web chat forum

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A social networking site for over-50s has removed its news and debating section in response to a torrent of anti-Israel messages being posted on the forum.

Saga Zone banned one unnamed user for posting “offensive” anti-Israel messages on the site.

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Jewish survivor writes memoir on being Hitler’s neighbour

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A Second World War survivor has written a memoir about his notorious former neighbour – Adolf Hitler.

Munich-born Edgar Feuchtwanger, who has co-written “My Neighbour Hitler: memories of a Jewish child” with French journalist Bertil Scali, recalls his childhood under Nazi rule – from meeting the dictator face-to-face to experiencing antisemitic persecution.

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Top rabbi: more honesty needed on homosexuality

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A senior modern Orthodox rabbi has said that the violation of Shabbat is worse than homosexuality.

Rabbi Dr Aharon Lichtenstein made the statement that recognised homosexual feelings, according to a report on Ynet news.

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Iraqi Jews ‘did wonders for us’

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

Iraqi Jews who were forced to leave their homes under Saddam Hussein’s regime may now be able to reclaim their property and citizenship after the intervention of a UK-based specialist in Islamic studies.

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Jewish and Muslim owned ice-cream store flourishes in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2013

An ice cream shop that comes with a very sweet message has continued to grow since it was opened by its Jewish and Muslim business partners last year.

Young entrepreneurs Adam Ziv and Alaa Sawitat opened the homemade ice cream shop in Tarshiha market last July.

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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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