Sandy Rashty

Top British students recuited by Israeli academy

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

An Israeli academy, co-funded by the Israel government and Jewish Agency, has opened its doors to British students looking to complete their secondary education in Israel.

High-achieving British students are now being recruited for the Naale Elite Academy, which has four separate streams, and will take the Israeli matriculation exams (bagrut) after completing their GCSEs in the UK.

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Nazi occupied site to be demolished in Guernsey

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

A wall defaced by Nazi propaganda will be torn down to accommodate a new housing project in the Channel Islands.

A Nazi eagle, swastika and two propaganda slogans daubed on a 1930s school wall during the Second World War were uncovered by a historic preservation group last summer.

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MPs question support for Ariel

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

Two Labour MPs have said that people who financially support charities outside Israel’s Green Line should not be entitled to British tax benefits.

Richard Burden and Jeremy Corbyn have asked Parliament to prevent the tax benefits, which apply to all charities registered in Britain, extending to organisations such as British Friends of Ariel University (BFAU).

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Palestinian leader invites Lapid to Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited newly elected Yair Lapid to visit Ramallah.

According to a report on Ynet news, the Palestinian leader intends to accelerate peace talks with Israel’s centre and left parties.

Reports suggest that Mr Lapid, whose party Yesh Atid won 19 Knesset seats on Tuesday, is the first politician to receive an invite.

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Out and About: January 2013

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013
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David Miliband: My family's Shoah experience influenced my politics

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

David Miliband said this week that his family’s experiences during the Nazi era may have influenced his politics — “standing up against oppressive power”.

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Boris is touched by story of woman who 'crawled out' of camp

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Boris Johnson was moved by the “appalling” experiences recounted by a survivor to the City Hall ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

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Survivor's story: 'I was resourceful - I wanted to live'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Janine Webber, 80, fled her home in (then) Poland with one suitcase after the German army occupied her native Lwow in 1941. Taking refuge in a house just outside the town, she, her brother and mother hid in a hole beneath a wardrobe as “screaming” German forces entered and shot her father. Her mother died of typhus shortly afterwards.

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Survivor's story: 'I cried when I could not return to school'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Budapest-born John Dobai, 78, was raised as a Catholic after his Jewish parents converted following the rise of the Nazis. In 1941, his father was summoned for army service when Hungary allied with Germany but was sent for slave labour because of his Jewish origins.

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Yehuda Bauer discusses the Holocaust at LJCC

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Professor Yehuda Bauer discussed Nazi ideology in an address to a Holocaust Memorial Day meeting attended by 170 people at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green on Wednesday.

The professor, who teaches Holocaust studies at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, was presented with an award by Yad Vashem UK chairman Simon Bentley.

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Brighton MP Lucas challenges IDF at pro-Israel lobby

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas told constituents that Israeli authorities were responsible for “blocking humanitarian aid” and “humiliating” the people of Gaza during a pro-Israel lobby day in Parliament.

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Politicians challenge extremism in the European Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Politicians challenged the rise of neo-Nazi and extremist parties in the European Parliament during a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor warned that the parliament contained an increasing number of racists and antisemites, reflecting the dramatic rise in antisemitism across Europe.

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Cliff Richard to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2013

British singer Cliff Richard will perform at a music festival in Tel Aviv this summer.

The Summer Holidays star will perform at the Nokia Arena on July 11.

Sir Cliff, 72, will join a list of international celebrities who have performed in Israel, including Madonna and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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Security fence plan would block Palestinians from E1

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2013

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has announced last-minute changes to the part of the security barrier that runs near to the contested E1 corridor, where Israel plans to build thousands of new settlement homes.

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Comic Relief backing Tzedek school project

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2013

Global aid charity Tzedek has received a £350,000 grant from Comic Relief to finance an education project in northern Ghana.

The grant was confirmed during a meeting with Comic Relief representatives last Friday and the money will be released periodically over the next three years.

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Bishop convicted for Holocaust denial

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

A British bishop has been fined around £1500 for denying the Holocaust.

Richard Williamson, 72, was convicted of incitement on Wednesday after he denied the Holocaust during a television interview in 2008.

According to the report on Dpa news, Mr Williamson told a Swedish TV station, based in Germany, that Jews were not killed in gas chambers during the Second World War.

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Asteroid named after Israel’s Hebrew University

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

An asteroid has been named after Israel’s Hebrew University.

The International Astronomical Union named the asteroid ‘Hebrewu’ in honour of the Jerusalem-based university after it was discovered by graduate Canadian astronomer David Levy.

Hebrewu is located on the asteroid belt region between Mars and Jupiter.

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Revealed: Nikki van der Zyl, the secret Bond girl

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

People know my voice, they just don’t know me.When people see Ursula Andress in Dr No, or Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, they don’t know that I revoiced them, and a lot of other Bond girls too.

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White House: Morsi bloodsucker remarks ‘deeply offensive’

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2013

The White House has hit out at Mohamed Morsi over the Egyptian President’s recently-revealed comments that he called Zionists “bloodsuckers” in a television interview aired in 2010.

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Four West Bank Palestinians killed in separate incidents

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2013

Four Palestinians have been killed since Friday following an escalation of violence near the West Bank border.

The four incidents took place in an area prohibited to the Palestinians.

Budrus village-resident Samir Ahmed Awad, 17, was reportedly shot four times by an IDF soldier today near the separation barrier.

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