Sandy Rashty

Greek far-right appointed to European council

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2012

A member of the far-right Golden Dawn party will represent Greece on the Council of Europe’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.

The appointment of Eleni Zaroulia, the wife of Golden Dawn’s party chairman, has been condemned by members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

More..

What's in 48,000 names? A slice of Irish history

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

Those with Irish-Jewish roots can trace them back to 1700 though a comprehensive archive compiled as a labour of love by a Dublin businessman.

Irish Jewish Genealogical Society head Stuart Rosenblatt spent 14 years accumulating data, resulting in 17 volumes containing 48,000 names of people with Irish-Jewish backgrounds. He has presented the volumes to Dublin’s Irish Jewish Museum.

More..

Girls on song for Open Mic UK contest

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

Two aspiring singer-songwriters have reached the regional finals of the Open Mic UK 2012 talent competition.

North London Collegiate GCSE student Hannah Kessler, 15, will compete against 25 other singers in the under-16 category.

More..

Arson attack at Jewish school

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

A suspected arson attack occurred at a Jewish primary school in Hackney last Friday night, September 28.

The fire at the Talmud Torah Toldos Yakov Yoser school in Heathland Road occurred between 00:10 - 00:20.

No one was hurt at the scene.

More..

Lord Sugar to receive a T3 'Outstanding Contribution Award'

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

Lord Sugar, 65, will receive a T3 "Outstanding Contribution Award" for his extensive involvement in the technology industry.

The T3 awards ceremony, known as the Oscars of the gadget world, will take place at the Old Billingsgate in London next Monday.

More..

Reading can make you blind

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

Crown Heights is one of the epicentres of American Orthodoxy. So you might imagine the most popular choice in the local library would be some rabbinic hagiography or edifying novel from Artscroll.

But it appears the most borrowed tome over the summer was Shmuley Boteach’s guide to nuptial bliss, Kosher Sex.

More..

Elton John leads tribute song

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

Hats off to Sir Elton John, who in a recent UK concert dedicated a song to Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal journalist who was brutally murdered 10 years ago in Pakistan by his Islamist abductors just because he was an American Jew.

More..

For Queen and country

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

A JFS student from Bushey is a new director at the British Monarchist Society.

Gideon Benedyk, 14, will publicly debate and protect Her Majesty from “the hypocritical and dreadful republican argument.”

More..

Bibi’s pose manipulated?

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

What really lay behind this picture choice of Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the UN General Assembly last week?

In the course of his address, the Israeli premier accidentally appeared to ape the pose of Adolf Hitler in the notorious arm-raised Nazi salute.

More..

Gaza charity posts ‘Nazi Zionists’ link

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

A co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement (FGM), who redistributed an antisemitic video, issued a public apology on the pro-Palestinian charity’s website yesterday.

Greta Berlin shared the video, which accuses Jews of orchestrating the Holocaust, on her private Facebook page as well as FGM’s Twitter feed.

More..

Teenager on trial over cardiff death

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

A teenager charged with the murder of a synagogue caretaker is currently on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Bleddyn Rees King, 18, from Abercynon, allegedly murdered David Evans, 64, during a fire at his home in January.

Mr Evans worked at the Cardiff United Synagogue for three years but there is no apparent connection between Mr Evans’s employment at the shul and his death.

More..

Israeli universities in top 200 ranking

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

Israel is the only country in the Middle East to make a new world universities ranking list.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology feature on the 200-strong list of academic institutions, published by Times Higher Education.

More..

Succot 2012

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2012
Images: 
sukkah.JPG
s1.JPG
s2.JPG
5102.JPG
5103.JPG
5104.JPG
5105.JPG
5106.JPG
s3.JPG
s10.JPG
f.JPG
f2.JPG
ss1.JPG
ss2.JPG
ss3.JPG
ss4.JPG
ss5.JPG
sss111.JPG
sss112.JPG
s12.JPG
suk1.JPG

More..

Israeli theatre plans legal action over British director's boycott

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

The Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv is considering legal action for breach of contract against the veteran British theatre director, Peter Brook, after he pulled out of its annual International Festival of Plays in December.

The Paris-based Mr Brook, 87, is director of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, which was due to perform The Suit, a play set in apartheid South Africa, at the festival.

More..

Husband fined in Scotland for calling his wife a 'greedy little Jewish princess'

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A man from Scotland was fined £1,000 on Wednesday for calling his wife a “greedy little Jewish princess” in a deluded drunk-dial outburst on Christmas Eve last year.

Mark Symington, an investment broker, told his wife: “You’re just a silly little gold-digger [with] a few fur coats,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.

More..

Composer inspired by Jewish headstone inscriptions

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A British composer has composed an hour-long requiem featuring inscriptions from Jewish gravestones in London — and playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, singing.

Benjamin Till, 38, said he was inspired to create the London Requiem after he was moved by an inscription on the gravestone of a Jewish doctor buried in Highgate cemetery.

More..

Ort gives pupils a Jump start towards employment

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2012

Educational charity British Ort is beginning to see the fruits of Jump, its mentoring programme for Jewish students.

More..

South African professor, 78, detained in the United Arab Emirates

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2012

The South African professor being held in the United Arab Emirates for a decade-old alleged manslaughter conviction, had his trial postponed for the fifth time last Wednesday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, 78, was convicted in absentia a decade ago for the manslaughter of a patient, but the prosecution still “cannot find” the hospital files that contain the alleged evidence.

More..

IDF soldier and three terrorists killed in Egypt border clash

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2012

The IDF soldier killed in an attack by militants on the Egypt-Israel border, was buried on Sunday morning.

Netanel Yahalomi, 20, was shot in the head after three terrorists carrying guns and explosives crossed the Sinai border near Mount Arif on Friday afternoon, according to Israeli officials.

More..