Sandy Rashty

UK police increase patrols after Paris supermarket attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Communal organisations are monitoring the security situation in the UK, after a gunman took five people hostage in Paris today.

The Community Security Trust is liaising with UK police, government and the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security watchdog.

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Four hostages dead as kosher supermarket siege ends

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Four hostages were killed as police ended a siege in a Parisian kosher supermarket today.

One of the terrorists responsible, Amedy Coulibaly, was killed by police.

Two police officers were injured in the raid.

Shortly before police entered, six explosions were heard emanating from the supermarket.

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Kardashians home in on Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

She has made a name for herself on American reality TV show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’.

Now, California-based Kourtney Kardashian is reportedly looking to buy a home in Israel.

According a report on Globes, Ms Kardashian and her partner, Scott Disick, are looking to buy a £20 million penthouse apartment in Tel Aviv, on the seafront.

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Lord Young praises role of immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

Lord Young has praised the contribution that immigrants make to British society.

The former Conservative cabinet minister, who is a small-business and enterprise adviser to David Cameron, was made a companion of honour in the Queen's New Year's Honours for his public service.

He is thought to be only the second Jew to receive the award, after former Tory leader Michael Howard.

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'X Factor moment' for entrepreneurs

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

Two twentysomethings keen to improve Jewish life in London have won a £3,300 award to advance their idea.

Magen David Adom fundraising head Daniel Rickman, 28, and law student Charlotte Hamilton, 25, pitched an idea for an online portal for young professionals to investors at the Jewish Student Leadership Foundation's annual convention in Jerusalem.

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‘Charlie Hebdo attackers shouted: the Prophet has been avenged’

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2015

Twelve people have been killed in an attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police have confirmed.

According to witness reports, armed gunman stormed the Paris offices this afternoon. Shots were then fired.

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East End historian Bill Fishman dies

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

A British-Jewish academic who spent his career telling the stories of marginalised communities in London’s East End in the 19th and 20th centuries, has died aged 93.

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It’s not about money. That’s what the new Bank of England Deputy Bradley Fried says, in this exclusive

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

Bradley Fried, 49, could be described as the perfect antidote to the typically hard-nosed British financier.

The Cape Town-born investor — who signs off as “Brad” in e-mails ahead of our meeting — has a warm manner, infectious laugh and rarely wears a tie to work — not exactly what most people might expect of a man so embedded in our leading financial institution.

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New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.

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Cars and homes targeted by swastika daubers

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals daubed cars and homes around north London with swastikas.

Residents of Osbaldeston Road in Hackney woke up this morning to find the Nazi symbol drawn onto window panes, cars and a private ambulance.

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Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.

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Eric Pickles announces new measures to combat antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

The UK is set to introduce new laws to combat the rise in antisemitism, which increased over the Israel-Gaza war this summer.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles vowed to fight the “dark forces” of antisemitism – from university campuses to the football pitch – and teach schoolchildren about the Holocaust.

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United Synagogue rabbi ‘failed to show at funeral’

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The United Synagogue has apologised to a grieving family after one of its shuls failed to provide a rabbi to oversee both the funeral and stone-setting of a member at Bushey cemetery.

It is investigating why a Pinner Synagogue minister did not officiate at the ceremonies for Samuel Sandler, who had been an active Pinner congregant for 40 years.

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Boycott fears dismissed as trade hits record high

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The impact of boycotts against Israel has been overstated by activists opposing them, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv believes.

As bilateral trade between the UK and Israel hit a record high, Matthew Gould said: “Collectively, opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement end up amplifying its voice.

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Israeli companies’ goal is a slice of the UK sport technology market

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2014

Israeli companies specialising in sports technology will vie for the chance to meet UK leaders in the field, at the launch of the Future Sport competition.

Fifteen competition winners, selected by a judging panel, will have the chance to present their ideas to top sporting figures and corporate groups, on a three-day trip to London and Manchester next year.

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Israeli start-ups fight for UK business ties

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2014

Israeli companies will compete for a chance to meet UK corporate counterparts at a series of networking events, after the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British embassy in Tel Aviv launched its annual TeXchange competition this week.

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US signs deal to hold more weapons in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has signed an agreement that is set to strengthen US-Israel ties.

The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which was signed in Washington last Friday, confirms Israel’s status as a “major strategic partner” and America’s “unwavering support” for the country as a Jewish state.

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Rocket from Gaza hits Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2014

A rocket has been fired from Gaza to Israel for the third time since the ceasefire was announced this summer.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in the UK confirmed the attack via Twitter today.

The rocket landed in an open area in Eshkol, which is close to the Israel-Gaza border in the south.

No injuries have been reported.

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Interview: Richard Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2014

'Could we please postpone," calls in Richard Young, days before our interview. "I'll be in no fit state to meet then."

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