Sandy Rashty

Five A*s but no university place

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Hasmonean student Adrian Bayer has found securing a university place surprisingly difficult, given that he achieved five A*s — maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

“Earlier this year I experienced first-hand how tough the competition is after being rejected by all four of the universities I applied to — and being offered an interview from only one to study medicine.

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First Scientology centre in the Middle East opens in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Public figures gathered for the opening of a new Scientology centre in Tel Aviv last Tuesday.

Israeli academics and politicians attended the opening ceremony for the controversial religious movement, frequently attacked as a cult, at the former Alhambra theatre, a 1937 Art Deco building, in Jaffa.

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Grave robbers dig up new Nazi loot

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Jewish groups have attacked grave robbers for feeding the worldwide demand for Nazi memorabilia.

Looters are stripping burial sites of German troops in search of medals, coins, dog-tags, rifles, daggers, helmets and uniforms, often sold at military fairs.

Though most items have no historical value, they fund a market worth millions due to neo-Nazi interest in Third Reich memorabilia.

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Teenager says residents should work in the West Bank

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2012

A 15 year old girl, who has acted as the first female mayor of a West Bank town since participating in a summer-long youth empowerment programme, said residents should work locally rather than illegally cross the Green Line.

Bashaer Othman took the role two months ago and is reportedly responsible for all decisions, except financial ones, that govern the 9000 resident Allar town.

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Hitler t-shirts outrage anti-fascist groups

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2012

A family-owned company in Birmingham has apologised and stopped selling t-shirts showing Hitler as a rock star on tour after complaints by local councillors.

Elaine Williams, Labour councillor for Harborne, complained both to the shop and Birmingham City Council. She said: “The t-shirts are in very bad taste.

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Austrian far-right politician criticised for antisemitic cartoon

By Sandy Rashty, August 21, 2012

A far-right leader is being investigated by Austria’s legal authorities after he posted, on a social networking site, a cartoon image of a Jewish banker profiting from Europe’s financial crises.

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Nazi descendants attend Holocaust memorial service

By Sandy Rashty, August 21, 2012

DESCENDANTS of Nazi SS officers will oppose antisemitism and commemorate Holocaust victims as they participate in the March of Life event on Thursday, August 23.

Fifty people descended from Nazi SS, Wehrmacht and German police officers working under Hitler’s regime, will attend the organisation’s main ceremony in Warsaw.

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Shul windows are smashed in Brum

By Sandy Rashty, August 20, 2012

Bricks were hurled though windows of Birmingham's Central Synagogue last Shabbat.

The attack occurred at around 10pm, after the conclusion of the Friday night service. The perpetrator was a man said to be in his 20s.

Police were called after the damage was discovered by the 80 community members arriving for the Shabbat morning service.

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Anti-Israel Al-Quds demonstrations in Iran

By Sandy Rashty, August 17, 2012

Iran’s national anti-Israel day led to a fresh wave of flag burning demonstrations in Tehran today to support of the "Palestinian resistance to the Israeli regime".

International Al-Quds Day, which has been annually staged since the 1979 Islamic revolution, encouraged citizens to stage mass demonstrations in support of the destruction of Israel.

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Six Israeli universities in top world list

By Sandy Rashty, August 17, 2012

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has ranked 53 out of the top 500 universities in the world.

The 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities has given the HU its highest rating since rankings were first introduced in 2003.

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Terror group fires rockets at Eilat

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2012

An Islamic terrorist group has claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Eilat on Wednesday evening.

Police resumed searching for remains of a Grad missile rocket at 6:30am this Thursday morning, after the Salafi Front claimed it had caused the two explosions in the resort.

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Billionaire Carl Icahn gives son $3bn to spend

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2012

Jewish billionaire businessman Carl Icahn is encouraging his eldest son to hone his money-making skills — with the help of a $3bn grant.

The American hedge fund manager, 76, allocated the cash to his son, Brett, to invest in listed companies worth up to $10bn.

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Iran debate reaches boiling point in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

The debate about whether or not Israel should attack Iran has reached boiling point in the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week said Iran’s programme “dwarfed” all other threats to the existence of Israel.

“Iran must not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons,” he told an Israeli television station.

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Israel not on the list for NATO summit in Chicago

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Israel will not be invited to the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance conference in Chicago at the end of this month, following the collapse in its relationship with Turkey.

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Abbas issues warning as hunger strikes continue

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Palestinian groups and Israeli politicians have warned of clashes between security forces and protesters if one of the prisoners currently on hunger strike dies.

Some 1,600 prisoners currently on administrative detention in Israel, some for crimes against civilians, are on hunger strike to protest alleged solitary confinement, poor prison conditions and detention without trial.

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Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen enjoys London premiere

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen walked the red carpet last night dressed as his alter-ego, Admiral General Aladeen, for the London world premiere of his latest film "The Dictator".

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Row in Hungary over far-right politician's Jewish jibe

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Israel's envoy in Hungary has cancelled a scheduled visit to the northern town of Eger to protest against allegedly antisemitic comments made by a local politician and directed at a Jewish actor.

The Eger council member, who is part of the right-wing Fidesz party, is reported to have called national film star Jozsef Szekhelyi a "filthy Jew" who sympathises with left-wing politics.

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Why must I choose an identity?

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2012

'So where are you from," she asked. "London," I responded.

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Death of ex- JC junior page editor

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2012

Sara Freedland, the wife and mother of journalists Michael and Jonathan Freedland, and herself the former editor of the JC's Junior Chronicle, died on Tuesday.

Sara Hocherman was born in Petach Tikva on November 1 1936.

Her turbulent story is told in her son Jonathan's book, Jacob's Gift.

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Sorry for 'unintentional offence' after Muslim school teaches hate for Jews

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2012

A Muslim Sunday school in Canada has apologised for anti-Jewish teachings published on its website.

The Jewish community challenged posts on the East End Madrassah's page that drew comparisons between Judaism and Nazism, and further accused Jews of being "treacherous", "crafty" and "conspiring to kill the Prophet Muhammad".

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