Sandy Rashty

Israelis’ tough stance at Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2014

Around half of the members of the Israeli Knesset flew to Poland this week in a high-security operation to honour Shoah victims on Holocaust Memorial Day.

World leaders from the UK, US and Europe joined the 54 MKs for a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the 69th anniversary of its liberation.

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Knesset in Auschwitz for 'historic' Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2014

Polish locals watched a 1000-strong delegation of Israeli, British and European parliamentarians gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week.

Former Conservative head Lord Howard, Tory MP Matthew Offord and Anne McGuire, chair of Labour Friends of Israel attended the emotional ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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Josef Perl tells his incredible story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Josef Perl lived a charmed life on his family’s sawmill in Veliky Bochov, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in the 1930s. The only son in an Orthodox family of nine children, his father Laser gifted him a trusted guard dog, Vondi, and a loyal horse, Shori, to escort him to and from school every day. “Me, the horse and dog were like one,” he recalls.

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How I got the suits to back my T-shirts

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2014

Oliver Pollock has a confession to make — he stops people in the streets to ask where they got their T-shirts from.

It’s a bit of an obsession, in fact. He has at least 50 grey and white ones in his wardrobe at any one time.

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Browned off: BBC fails to see offence in TV ‘joke’

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

Viewers of the popular BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys have complained about a joke in the Christmas Day episode of the programme.

One complainant said the BBC in its response had failed to address his point about racism.

The episode showed characters playing a quiz game devised by a dyslexic character, Buster.

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El Al increases UK flights

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

Israeli airline El Al is has increased the number of its UK flights to cope with rising demand from travellers.

“We are adding one more flight each week to our summer schedule,” an El Al spokesperson said.

“London is an important destination for us. Luton is now our main airport.”

From April 3, the airline will run 16 flights a week from Luton and 11 from Heathrow.

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Careless scientist admits plagiarism

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

An acclaimed scientist has apologised for plagiarism after more than 20 passages of his book were found to be taken from Wikipedia, academic websites and other online sources.

Professor Lewis Wolpert, 84, said the passages had been included by accident in his 2011 work on ageing, You’re Looking Well. The book has been withdrawn from sale by publisher Faber and Faber.

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Syrian refugees petition delivered to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

A petition calling for Syrian refugees to be allowed into the UK has been delivered to Downing Street.

The document — signed by 630 people — is part of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s campaign urging the government to implement a refugee resettlement programme.

Four rabbis, along with JCore director Edie Friedman, presented the petition at No 10.

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Israel and India seal multi-million pound tech deal

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

A multi-million pound fund is set to strengthen economic ties between Israel and India.

Government representatives established a £24 million investment pot to support technological ventures between entrepreneurs from both countries.

The two governments will each put in half the money over a period of five years.

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A quarter of JDate survey respondents would marry cheating partner

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

Men are expected to be the primary breadwinners, wives want to be younger than their husbands and around 25 per cent of people would consider marrying a partner who had cheated on them in their relationship, according to a survey co-led by top Jewish dating website, JDate.

The statistics were taken from a survey of 2,600 men and women, aged 18 to 59, in the United States.

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Learning curve for US women

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

United Synagogue Women have launched an educational series designed to encourage women to take up senior positions in the community.

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'Israelis need to mix with UK Jews'

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has urged Israelis living here to engage with British Jews, saying it was “sad” that they were only really connected by the anti-boycott movement.

Giving an address in Ivrit to an Israeli Business Club event in Hampstead this week, he told the 90 Israelis that there was a divide between the two communities.

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WJR checks on typhoon aid

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

Two World Jewish Relief employees are on an “emotional” visit to the Philippines, delivering support packs to victims of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.

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Charity launches appeal to aid Israeli children

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

JNF UK is calling on British Jews to support its children's appeal.

The charity’s Green Sunday Appeal, which launches this weekend, is raising funds for an early childhood centre in the Negev – providing care for children up to the age of six.

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Do not argue with me on this one

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

Listen up, you young unmarried girls. If you’re looking to get hitched fast, there are some very simple steps to follow.

Please don’t argue with a man. He’ll think you’re too smart, informed, or that you’re looking to emasculate him. It’s a no-no.

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Boost in Mein Kampf sales a ‘worrying trend’

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2014

Communal leaders have expressed concern over the increase in sales of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi manifesto, Mein Kampf, but doubt that it signals a surge in antisemitism.

Amazon reported that the e-book version of Mein Kampf — translated as My Struggle — topped its UK propaganda and spin sales chart during 2013. It was also the bestseller on the site’s political science and ideology list.

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A stranger saved me. I want to say thanks

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2014

It was a chilly January morning when Jonny Benjamin finally lost all hope.

He sneaked out of the hospital where he was receiving treatment for a mental illness, boarded a train to central London, and walked onto Waterloo Bridge.

Climbing over the railings and staring down at the icy water of the Thames, he fully intended to jump.

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Gaza flotilla charity raided by Turkish anti-terror police

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2014

The offices of the Islamic charity that played a key role in the 2010 flotilla to Gaza have been raided by anti-terror police in Turkey.

One person was arrested at offices belonging to the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) near the Syrian border on Tuesday, according to a report in the Financial Times.

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