Sandy Rashty

Chinese multi-millionaire claims Jews control American press

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A Chinese businessman, who failed in his bid to buy The New York Times, has said he is just as qualified as “Jews” to be the newspaper's proprietor.

Chen Guangbiao, a recycling tycoon and one of the richest men in China, told the South China Morning Post that American papers are Jewish-owned.

He said he was intellectually and emotionally as "competent” as Jewish people.

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Amy Whinehouse card sold for charity

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A birthday card, handmade by late pop-star Amy Winehouse for her mother Janis, has been sold for £200.

The green card with a cartoon image of Mrs Winehouse, decorated by a 12-year-old Amy, was auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Teacher takes tough lessons to screen

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A Jewish trainee teacher from Glasgow is starring in a new BBC documentary that shows the realities of teaching in London’s schools.

Oliver Beach, 25, features in Tough Young Teachers, which starts on BBC Three this week.

The Birmingham University graduate teaches business studies at Crown Woods College in Eltham, south-east London.

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Wife murderer Ekaireb gets life

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was jailed for life this week for the murder of his pregnant wife in 2006.

Mr Ekaireb, 39, was recommended to serve a minimum 22 year sentence for the murder of China-born Li Hau Cao, a former lapdancer. Her body has never been found.

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Doctors feted in New Year’s Honour list

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

A refugee from the Nazis, two specialists in women’s health and senior figure in the City of London have all been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

Allyson Kaye, founder and chair of Ovarian Cancer Action, received an MBE for services to sufferers of the disease.

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Justin Timberlake to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

American pop star Justin Timberlake will perform in Israel later this year.

The award-winning singer and producer, 32, who rose to fame as part of the N Sync boyband in the 1990s, has never performed in Israel.

The Cry Me a River-singer, who has won four Emmy and six Grammy awards, will perform in Tel Aviv in May.

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Open UK’s doors to Syrians, say rabbis

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Rabbis from across the community are backing a Jewish group’s campaign to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Seven leading Charedi, United Synagogue and Reform ministers are among the 161 signatories to a Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) petition which calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to open Britain’s doors to Syrians affected by the civil war in their country.

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Meryl Streep labels Walt Disney an antisemite

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has described Walt Disney as a “hideous antisemite” during a speech at a New York award ceremony this week.

Ms Streep, who starred in The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia!, told guests at the National Board of Review dinner that the Hollywood mogul was part of an antisemitic lobby group - the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

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Dutch pension fund pulls out of Israeli banks

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

One of the largest pension asset management companies in the Netherlands has said that it divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish settlements in occupied territories.

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Hitchcock Holocaust film revealed

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

An Alfred Hitchcock film detailing Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust will be publicly aired for the first time - 70 years after it was made.

Memory of the Camps , was shelved by the British government in 1945 due to political sensitivity after the Second World War, according to a report in the Independent .

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Israel extends free abortions to thousands more women

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Israeli women aged between 20 and 33 will now be entitled to free abortions regardless of circumstances after the Israel cabinet passed the new regulations on Sunday.

Around £2.5 million, allocated by the Health Ministry, will go some way towards covering abortions for over 6,000 women who cannot afford the procedure.

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Multi-millionaire who murdered his wife jailed for life

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was jailed for life today for the murder of his pregnant wife.

Mr Ekaireb, 39, was recommended to serve a minimum 22 year sentence for the murder of China-born Li Hau Cao, a former lapdancer, in 2006.

The multi-millionaire, who owned more than 50 properties worth over £65 million and a jewellery business in Hatton Garden, was convicted last month.

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£12m rebuild unveiled by South Hampstead shul

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

South Hampstead Synagogue representatives have unveiled plans for a £12 million redevelopment of the north-west London shul.

The plans, submitted to Camden Council, involve opening a common room, café and men and women’s seating on the same level — after congregation members put forward requests to change the gallery seating.

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Tributes to celebrate Rev Weisman's 50 years of serving small communities

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

More than 100 people attended an event in Oxford to mark the 50th anniversary of Reverend Malcolm Weisman, the minister for small communities.

Since his appointment in 1963, Rev Weisman has travelled across the UK, serving small Jewish communities from Jersey to Canterbury, Stoke-on-Trent and Kent.

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Praise for Bloomberg, New York’s liberal light

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2014

As the new Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, was sworn into office this week, one Jewish community stalwart took time to remember the achievements of the outgoing head of City Hall, Michael Bloomberg.

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Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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Peston on UK elections and economy

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

In March, Robert Peston will step down from his post as business editor of the BBC. But as the corporation’s new economics editor, the 53-year-old journalist is not going too far.

He tells the JC that the new role will provide new challenges and simultaneously allow him to maintain a work-life balance.

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Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

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How Sussex Friends of Israel are fighting back against the boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

There is a “war” going on in Brighton, with grandmothers as troops and cakes and bagels among the weapons.

The conflict involves a band of pro-Israel supporters who have adopted an imaginative approach to the business of combating activists who support a cultural and commercial boycott of the country.

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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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