Sandy Rashty

It's food for thought on poverty

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

Israel has one of the world's strongest economies, yet 20 per cent of its citizens live below the poverty line, more than 250 guests were told at a Mayfair dinner which raised £200,000-plus for a food aid charity.

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Tory MP Matthew Offord says no to Ukip

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

The Conservative MP for the constituency with the second highest number of Jewish voters has revealed that he was asked to defect to Ukip.

Matthew Offord, the MP for Hendon, said he was approached by Ukip treasurer Andrew Reid, who is a constituent.

"Andrew actually asked me to go to Ukip," Mr Offord said. "The treasurer of Ukip says I represent his point of view."

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Purim arrest and gripes

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racial harassment after allegedly verbally abusing a boy celebrating Purim in Golders Green Road.

The 27-year-old was bailed to a date later this month pending further inquiries, police said.

Barnet police have also received complaints about over-zealous Purim fundraisers.

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'I was banished for attending Israeli college'

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

Guests at UJIA's women's lunch on Monday were moved by the story of a Druze woman who was excluded from her community for pursuing an academic career in Israel.

Dr Randa Abbas told the 220 guests that she had been placed under a "religious ban" for attending the UJIA-backed Western Galilee College in northern Israel.

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Alan Sugar plans major factory investment in Bolton

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2015

British Jewish businessman Lord Sugar has unveiled new plans to build a 20,000 sq ft factory in Bolton.

The plan to build the plant, which will form part of his Amscreen technology group, was announced yesterday.

The British Jewish businessman tweeted: “Excited for Amscreen investment in new Bolton manufacturing plant - engaging w local businesses & bringing new jobs.”

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What makes the EDL’s former leader, who says he is a friend of the Jews, tick?

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

What do you really know about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League who claims that he is an advocate of the Jews and Israel?

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Board figures fall out over Bibi's trip to Washington

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

Two British communal leaders clashed over the Israeli prime minister's controversial speech to the United States Congress this week.

In an exchange of emails, seen by the JC, Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush and Laurence Brass, its treasurer, disagreed over Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance in Washington on Tuesday.

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Ukip 'idiots' over shechita

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

A Jewish Ukip candidate branded his party's National Executive Committee "idiots" after the policy on kosher slaughter was reversed for the fourth time.

Jeremy Zeid, Ukip's parliamentary candidate for Hendon, attacked the NEC after it voted 6:5 for a ban on the non-stun slaughter of animals on Monday.

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Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.

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Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.

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Muslim leader 'pleasantly surpised' by Hebdo poll

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

The co-chair of a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group said he was "pleasantly surprised" by a poll of UK Muslims, which found that 27 per cent sympathised with the motives of the Charlie Hebdo killers and 11 per cent believed that publishers deserved to be attacked for depicting images of Mohammed.

The survey of 1,000 UK Muslims also found that eight per cent of respondents knew people who strongly su

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Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.

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McVey proves just the job for Wizo showpiece

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Employment Minister Esther McVey was warmly applauded at Wizo UK's annual dinner in central London on Monday after reaffirming the government's "strong friendship" with Israel and its commitment to fighting antisemitism and preserving memories of the Holocaust.

The Tory MP for Wirral West in Merseyside told the 250 guests: "The UK is a great friend to Israel and it will always remain a great fr

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Nikki Gewirtz, the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite Jewish princess

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Nikki Gewirtz never wanted a career, but this week the designer behind a multi-million pound business received an MBE for services to jewellery design.

“Not bad for a girl who never wanted to go to school or work — from being a normal Jewish Princessy type of girl, I now have to deal with legal letters.”

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Israel companies profit from popularity on London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

More Israeli companies were listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than from any other foreign country in 2014, it was announced this week.

UK investors attending a summit at the LSE on Monday were told that interest in Israeli companies had grown steadily.

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Scottish political leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2015

Scottish political leaders have rallied together to support the Jewish community after the rise in UK antisemitism and attacks against Jews in Europe.

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Bad Jews set for West End run

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

Award-winning play ‘Bad Jews’ is set to make its West End debut, it was announced today.

The play, which centres on an American Jewish family fighting over an heirloom left by their late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, will transfer after sell-out runs at the St James Theatre in London and Ustinov Studio in Bath.

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Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.

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Channel 4 asks if abusive Paris kippah walk was ‘provocative’

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2015

Channel 4 News has been criticised over an interview with an Israeli journalist who was filmed being abused as he walked around Paris wearing a kippah.

Journalist Zvika Klein, whose video went viral this week, told C4 that he felt “scared and frightened” after he faced verbal attacks in predominately Muslim neigbourhoods.

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Children's food guru Annabel Karmel is back on form after 'a hell of a year'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Annabel Karmel had a tough 2014. In fact, it was "a hell of a year".

In May, the celebrity chef and best-selling author, who was made an MBE for her work in child nutrition, was dragged to an employment tribunal after being accused of sexual misconduct by her former salesman Mark Salter.

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