Sandy Rashty

Kaufman role in Harold Wilson celebration sparks dismay

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

A former colleague and friend of Harold Wilson has expressed dismay that veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has been handed a role in organising events to mark the centenary of the former Prime Minister's birth.

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He's back - the maverick who shook Limmud

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

Tuvia Tenenbom cares little about what other people think of him.

An Israeli-born journalist, best-selling author, playwright and founder of the Jewish Theatre of New York , he was kicked off a Limmud panel last December after his views sparked complaints from attendees.

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Celebrities Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Stevens celebrate Brent Cross 40th anniversary

By Sandy Rashty, March 2, 2016

Vanessa Feltz bumped into her local rebbetzin at an event to mark Brent Cross Shopping Centre’s 40th birthday on Wednesday.

The broadcaster, from St John’s Wood, hailed the north-west London mall as a great community space where she always meets family and friends.

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Nigel Farage was ‘stupid’ to appear at anti-EU rally with George Galloway, says adviser

By Sandy Rashty, March 2, 2016

Nigel Farage's adviser has described the Ukip leader's decision to stand beside George Galloway at an anti-EU rally as "stupid".

Andrew Reid, Ukip's former national treasurer and donor, said he was shocked when a picture emerged of his friend and party leader Mr Farage standing next to former Respect party MP Mr Galloway, a longstanding anti-Israel activist.

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Chief Rabbi will not 'dignify' George Galloway's candidacy by meeting him, spokesman says

By Sandy Rashty, March 2, 2016

George Galloway would be “honoured” to meet Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, his spokesman has told the JC.

But a spokesman for the head of the United Synagogue said there was "no chance" the rabbi would meet the former Respect party MP.

Mr Galloway, who is a long-standing anti-Israel activist, is currently campaigning to succeed Boris Johnson as the next Mayor of London.

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West Ham warns fans against antisemitic chanting ahead of Spurs match

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2016

West Ham football club has warned its fans against chanting antisemitic slogans during tomorrow's match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The club, which is co-owned by David Sullivan and David Gold, who is Jewish, said it would ban supporters from the club if they chanted hate messages during the game at its stadium, the Boleyn Ground, in east London.

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London mayor candidates meet Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2016

London Mayor candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith took it in turns to visit Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his home in north-west London this afternoon.

The respective Labour and Tory MPs, who are vying for the mayoral position, met Rabbi Mirvis to discuss issues facing the Jewish community.

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McGill University students vote to overturn BDS motion

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

Students at top Canadian university McGill have voted to overturn an anti-Israel motion passed earlier in the week, amid allegations that it had led to a rise in antisemitism on campus.

On Monday, the the Students’ Society of McGill University’s general assembly passed a BDS motion by 512 students against 347.

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Anger over Labour anti-war campaigners' ‘gas chambers’ slur

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

Labour activists reportedly compared Britain’s missile defence system to “gas chambers” ahead of a peace protest attended by Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday.

According to The Sun, anti-war members of Labour’s CND distributed a memo that compared Trident to the gas chambers used by the Nazis during the Second World War.

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Labour launches new probe into claims of antisemitism at Oxford student club

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

A Labour peer has been appointed to lead a fresh investigation into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University’s Labour Club.

Baroness Janet Royall, Labour’s former leader of the House of Lords, was appointed on Friday to head a fresh investigation amid allegations of Jew-hate at the top university.

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Sephardi cultural centre answers ministers’ prayers

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2016

The official launch of a young Sephardi cultural centre in north-west London was attended by more than 60 people on Tuesday evening.

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Uncertainty of Brexit would be bad for business, say leading figures

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

Top business leaders have backed David Cameron's campaign to stay in the European Union.

Jewish tycoons including Lord Sugar, Sir Martin Sorrell, Sir Philip Green and Sir Victor Blank say they would vote for the UK to remain in the Union in June's referendum.

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Camilla responds to invitation from survivor

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall at a Holocaust memorial event in 2015, Henrietta Kelly sent her a handwritten invitation to visit the Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon.

And on Tuesday, Mrs Kelly, a Bergen-Belsen survivor, was among 40 HSC members who took tea with the duchess at the Jewish Care-administered centre in north-west London.

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Trump love-bombs Israel - and says he would fight Iran

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2016

Shock-jock Republican candidate Donald Trump has described US President Barack Obama as “the worst thing that has ever happened to Israel”.

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Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis in bid to be Manchester mayor

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2016

Ivan Lewis has announced his bid to become the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester.

The Labour MP for Bury South, who is Jewish, confirmed he will put himself forward for the position - a week after Manchester’s police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd said he would also be seeking the Labour candidacy.

Mr Lloyd has served as Greater Manchester’s interim mayor since June 2015.

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Politicians' half-term getaway

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

Israel received an influx of British politicians this week in a series of cross-party delegations.

With Parliament in recess, the inaugural Britain-Israel Peers Group travelled to Israel and the Palestinian territories with 11 members of the House of Lords.

For many of the Peers it was their first ever trip to the country.

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Wizo award winners discover a striking panorama of activity

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

John Ware is scribbling notes on his Wizo pad. The award-winning investigative journalist is in Israel with the four other winners of Wizo UK's annual Commitment Awards to visit the charity's flagship projects and other innovative schemes.

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Is UK funding Palestinian incitement? MP’s challenge to David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

British taxpayers’ money cannot be used to provide a “blank cheque” to the Palestinian Authority, a Labour MP has said.

Joan Ryan, Labour Friends of Israel chair, said she was “disturbed” that the PA was glorifying terrorists in its schools and that its official television station propagated antisemitism.

She urged David Cameron to launch an independent review of the funding.

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Labour London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan distances himself from ‘unsavoury characters’

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2016

Sadiq Khan has attempted to distance himself from extremists with whom he has been associated.

Labour's London mayoral candidate said despite having shared platforms with alleged radical clerics, he was the only candidate fit to tackle the surge of Islamist extremism in Britain.

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Britain and Israel will work together to combat cyber security attacks

By Sandy Rashty, February 16, 2016

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.

During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”

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