Sandy Rashty

Detained medic in United Arab Emirates ‘not guilty’ of manslaughter

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August was found not guilty of manslaughter by an Abu Dhabi judge last Thursday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is now waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach. The verdict coincidentally came on South Africa’s human rights day — March 21.

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Tesco tart bacon-bound

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman from Manchester felt “cheesed off” after discovering her Tesco lunch was laden with bacon.

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Genetic screening may be under UK threat

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A row has erupted over a potential government decision to discontinue screening for life-shortening diseases that have a high degree of frequency in the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

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What Sylvia did in Winston Churchill's War Cabinet

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman who served the British government during the Second World War still remembers Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “grin”.

Sylvia Goodman, née Arnold, who worked in the civil service during the war, has had her lifetime collection of documents, photographs and letters showcased at the Jewish Military Museum in London.

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Israeli Arab wins TV talent show in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

An Israeli-Arab citizen has won a TV talent singing competition in Israel.

Lina Makhoul, 19, won The Voice last week with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s "Halleujah" at the final in Tel Aviv.

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Lord Ahmed apologises to the Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

The Community Security Trust has rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for his “unacceptable” comments that suggested Jews controlled the media and British politics.

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LJCC ready to cook

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

The London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green is cooking up a storm following the donation of a new kitchen.

Gifted by Poggenpohl, it will be used for cookery classes, demonstrations and event catering. LJCC marketing director Mandy King said the kitchen added “another string to our educational bow — we’re thrilled”.

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Boys battle racism in football

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Two 13-year-old schoolboys have embarked on a mission to combat racism in football.

Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham Football Club co-owner David Sullivan, has teamed up with his Jewish schoolfriend Joshua Klein.

Both boys, who attend Chigwell School, participated in the BBC-led School Report initiative, which involved young people making and submitting a news report on Thursday.

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David Cameron wishes Jewish community a happy Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the British Jewish community and wished it a happy and peaceful Pesach.

“I send my very best wishes to Jewish communities in Britain and internationally celebrating Passover this year,” he said.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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South African professor not guilty, UAE court finds

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, was finally found not guilty by an Abu Dhabi judge yesterday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach.

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Cherie Blair helps women gain a voice at Israeli Business Club

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Cherie Blair spoke about the importance of women’s empowerment at an event hosted by the Israeli Business Club (IBC) last week.

In honour of International Women’s Week, the IBC hosted its first event for Israeli women living in the UK, giving them the opportunity to network and promote their businesses from social media to make-up artistry.

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Cost and fears of terror limit Israel tourism

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel is a less attractive travel destination for tourists due to increasing hotel prices and the impact of terrorism on business, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum.

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Top award for Hungarian ‘hate’ journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has called on the government to revoke an award given to an allegedly antisemitic TV presenter last Friday.

Ferenc Szaniszlo, who works for the privately-owned Echo TV, was presented with Hungary’s top journalism prize, the Tancsics Award.

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Alexandra Burke to celebrate Israel's 65th birthday

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2013

The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will perform at next month's Zionist Federation event, celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday.

The star, who spent time singing at weddings and barmitzvahs with leading simchah performers the Gilev Showband before her rise to fame in 2008, will perform at the Yom Ha’atzmaut event on April 16.

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Jewish man shot in the West Bank, Israeli police confirm

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2013

A Jewish man was reportedly shot in the West Bank yesterday morning.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, was attacked by a passing car near a bus station that is often used for hitchhiking, southwest of Nablus.

According to a report on Ha'aretz news, the victim had already hitchhiked from Karnei Shomron to the Kedumim junction.

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Baby survives mother’s eight-storey suicide leap

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

A Jewish lawyer from New York jumped out of an eight-storey building in Harlem with her 10-month-old son strapped to her body last Wednesday afternoon.

Ms Wachenheim, a law graduate from Columbia University, who was on maternity leave, mistakenly believed her son had a developmental disability for which she was responsible.

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Specialist stores buying in big for Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

The perennial Pesach battle between supermarkets and kosher stores has been renewed with vigour.

Significant reductions offered by Tesco and other market leaders have forced kosher stores to “buy in bulk”, according to Joseph Cohen, owner of Hendon shop B Kosher.

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Rakusen’s matzah is back at Tesco

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

Rakusen’s matzahs are once again on the Tesco shelves for Pesach following resolution of a pricing dispute.

At the time of the disagreement back in 2009, Rakusen’s complained that the supermarket was “hammering people all the time over prices. It’s just not viable to stock goods there.”

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Neo-Nazis Golden Dawn plan to open nursery schools

By Sandy Rashty, March 15, 2013

Leaders of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have announced plans to open nursery schools.

The decision came after the organisation ran a pilot class at the party’s offices in Artemida last month.

More than 20 children, aged six to 10, were taught “Greek ideals” and mythology in accordance with the ideological values of the third most popular party in Greece.

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