Sandy Rashty

EU appeals court decision to delist Hamas as terror group

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The European Union will appeal a decision by its central court to remove Palestinian group Hamas from the EU terrorism blacklist.

Last month, the court annulled the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group and ended the freezing of Hamas funds on procedural grounds, although no cash will be released until the case is resolved.

The move was condemned by pro-Israel groups.

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Board of Deputies launches video to recruit young people

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The Board of Deputies has launched a video via Twitter in a bid to get young British Jews to join the organisation.

The three-minute “Why Be A Deputy” film, made by videographer Josh Newman, encourages people to stand in the Board’s elections in May.

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Israeli cyber security experts to promote UK trade ties

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A delegation of Israeli cyber security companies will travel to London next month in a bid to further bilateral trade ties.

Representatives from 10 leading companies, which specialise in the protection of national infrastructure from water to energy and transportation, will meet UK counterparts on the three day visit from February 3.

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Millions given to Cambridge for Israeli research posts

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A new multi-million pound investment fund has been set up for Israeli scientists at the University of Cambridge.

The fund, provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, will enable Israelis to pursue post-doctorate research at the leading university.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour's approach to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 19, 2015

Ed Miliband has described himself as a “friend of Israel” after he was questioned about his support for the country following controversial comments during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

The Labour leader attended a pre-election question-and-answer session with residents in Hendon, north-west London, this morning.

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WATCH: Rhinos escape Israel zoo as guard sleeps

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

Three female rhinos escaped from Israel’s safari zoo after a security guard fell asleep on the job.

The rhinos – named Rihanna, Keren Peles and Karnabella – made a run for it via the side gate at the zoo in Tel Aviv.

CCTV footage shows the rhinos making their escape before being chased by the guard. He was later fired.

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'Three people taken hostage in Paris'

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

A gunman who took up to five people hostage in a Paris post office today, has handed himself over to police.

He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and numerous grenades. No one was injured in the incident.

Sources told the Liberation newspaper he was reacting to a "heartbreak - disappointed in love".

The post office is said to be in Colombe, in north-western Paris.

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Police investigate daubing of Holocaust Memorial Day poster

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

Police in London are appealing for witnesses after antisemitic graffiti was daubed on posters advertising Holocaust Memorial Day.

The words “liar” and “killers” were sprayed in red across one advert in Newham.

The graffiti, which has been treated as racially aggravated criminal damage, has been removed.

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1,500 expected to attend London conference in support of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

UK leaders are preparing for the "biggest pro-Israel gathering ever to have been held in this country".

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Judge says circumcision is harmful

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A senior judge has said that circumcision "significantly harms" baby boys.

Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division, made the comments during a case in which Muslim parents had been accused of subjecting their three-year-old daughter to FGM.

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Need to address 'Jewish' diseases

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A communal organisation has called on public officials to "do more" testing for diseases that disproportionately affect the Jewish community.

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has announced that newborn babies will be tested for an additional four genetic diseases, including maple syrup urine disease, which some studies suggest are more likely to affect Jews.

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Moving tale of bakery

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A kosher bakery has shut up shop at the north London premises it occupied for close on 50 years.

But Parkway Patisserie - which closed its main Finchley branch last Friday - hopes to be back in business at a nearby site by the end of the week.

Parkway served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967.

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Publisher tells authors to avoid references to pig

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A top British publisher has warned its writers to steer clear of mentioning pigs, sausages or pork-related words in books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.

The existence of Oxford University Press guidelines emerged after a television discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Police investigate hate tweets aimed at Lord Sugar

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

British Jewish businessman Lord Sugar has contacted the police after being trolled with antisemitic messages over the weekend.

The BBC Apprentice boss, a supporter of the Jewish Care charity, was called “you old Jewish c***” on Twitter.

Lord Sugar, 67, reported the incident to the police.

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After Paris attack, rabbi wants law changed so Jews can carry guns

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A prominent rabbi has called on European governments to allow Jews to carry guns in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Nick Clegg urged to act against David Ward over Netanyahu tweets

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has called on the leader of the Liberal Democrats to take action against David Ward, over comments about Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence at Sunday’s unity rally in France.

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in Paris to show solidarity following the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket .

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Police investigate Liverpool swastika daubing

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after swastikas were found scratched into the door of a Jewish prayer hall in Liverpool.

The marks were carved in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside police who are treating it as a hate crime.

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Victims of Paris supermarket attack buried in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The four Jews who were killed in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Jerusalem today.

The funeral of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada took place at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and President Rivlin in attendance.

Relatives of the victims read kaddish and lit candles in their memory.

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Paris siege victims being buried in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The bodies of four Jews killed in the terrorist attack on a Parisian kosher supermarket last week are being buried in Israel today.

The funerals of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada will take place in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend.

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CBB contestant who made “Jewish producer” comment evicted

By Sandy Rashty, January 12, 2015

Former Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson was booted off Celebrity Big Brother after he pulled open the dressing gown of a female contestant.

Mr Jackson, 34, who is Jewish, was the first contestant to leave the show this year. He was evicted after he was alleged to have groped glamour model Chloe Goodman, 21, on Friday night.

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