Sandy Rashty

Jeremy Corbyn ‘disappointed’ by Lord Levy over Labour peer’s party quit threat

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “disappointed” with Lord Levy after the Jewish peer threatened to would quit the party if it did not address allegations of rising antisemitism within its ranks.

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Number of Jewish women seeking support from domestic abuse charity up by 50 per cent

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of women using its services over the past four months.

Jewish Women’s Aid, which supports women and their children affected by domestic abuse, said the number of people dependent on the charity has risen from 40 to 60 since November.

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Donald Trump is more than my boss, he is a patriarch

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

Michael Cohen doesn’t sleep much. As Donald Trump’s right-hand man, there’s no time to do so at the moment.

In his own words, as Trump’s Special Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation, he handles “everything” that personally affects the Republican candidate, who is currently the frontrunner for the US presidency.

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Meet Joanne Greenaway - the Beth Din woman taking a tough stand on get-denial

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

At the age of 83, Valerie Cocks is the oldest agunah in Europe.

For the past 45 years, Herman Laub has refused to grant her a get (a religious divorce). Without it, they are still considered halachically married.

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Probe into rabbi's call to 'exclude gays'

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

A leading educational group has removed a guest rabbi's lectures from its website while it investigates accusations that he called for homosexuals to be "excluded from the community".

The Jewish Learning Exchange has launched an investigation into Rabbi Dr Dovid Gottlieb's controversial views of gay people.

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Survey reveals strength of UK-Israel business

By Sandy Rashty, March 9, 2016

Anti-Israel activism has not affected UK-Israel business relations, according to a new study.

A report conducted by an Israeli polling company found that only 3 per cent of Israeli technology executives would consider anti-Israel sentiments and antisemitism as a factor when doing business in the UK.

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Students at top London university vote for Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, March 9, 2016

University College London students have voted to endorse the anti-Israel boycott movement as “official policy”.

UCL student union officers passed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion by 14 votes against four. There were three abstentions.

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Helping French integrate 'will be in US's interest'

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

The influx of French Jews to Britain could dramatically change the way synagogues and schools are run, the French-born Hendon United Synagogue chairman has claimed.

Marc Meyer estimates that more than 10,000 French Jews have moved to the UK over the past decade. "They have come because they sense the opportunity and quality of life within the Jewish community here that is offered to them.

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Centenary of Harold Wilson's birth: 'His support was never in doubt'

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

Harold Wilson would be "ashamed" of Labour's present anti-Israel attitude and the presence of antisemitism within the party's ranks, his former colleagues have claimed.

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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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