Sandy Rashty

Uncertainty of Brexit would be bad for business, say leading figures

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

Top business leaders have backed David Cameron's campaign to stay in the European Union.

Jewish tycoons including Lord Sugar, Sir Martin Sorrell, Sir Philip Green and Sir Victor Blank say they would vote for the UK to remain in the Union in June's referendum.

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Camilla responds to invitation from survivor

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall at a Holocaust memorial event in 2015, Henrietta Kelly sent her a handwritten invitation to visit the Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon.

And on Tuesday, Mrs Kelly, a Bergen-Belsen survivor, was among 40 HSC members who took tea with the duchess at the Jewish Care-administered centre in north-west London.

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Trump love-bombs Israel - and says he would fight Iran

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2016

Shock-jock Republican candidate Donald Trump has described US President Barack Obama as “the worst thing that has ever happened to Israel”.

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Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis in bid to be Manchester mayor

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2016

Ivan Lewis has announced his bid to become the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester.

The Labour MP for Bury South, who is Jewish, confirmed he will put himself forward for the position - a week after Manchester’s police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd said he would also be seeking the Labour candidacy.

Mr Lloyd has served as Greater Manchester’s interim mayor since June 2015.

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Politicians' half-term getaway

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

Israel received an influx of British politicians this week in a series of cross-party delegations.

With Parliament in recess, the inaugural Britain-Israel Peers Group travelled to Israel and the Palestinian territories with 11 members of the House of Lords.

For many of the Peers it was their first ever trip to the country.

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Wizo award winners discover a striking panorama of activity

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

John Ware is scribbling notes on his Wizo pad. The award-winning investigative journalist is in Israel with the four other winners of Wizo UK's annual Commitment Awards to visit the charity's flagship projects and other innovative schemes.

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Is UK funding Palestinian incitement? MP’s challenge to David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

British taxpayers’ money cannot be used to provide a “blank cheque” to the Palestinian Authority, a Labour MP has said.

Joan Ryan, Labour Friends of Israel chair, said she was “disturbed” that the PA was glorifying terrorists in its schools and that its official television station propagated antisemitism.

She urged David Cameron to launch an independent review of the funding.

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Labour London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan distances himself from ‘unsavoury characters’

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2016

Sadiq Khan has attempted to distance himself from extremists with whom he has been associated.

Labour's London mayoral candidate said despite having shared platforms with alleged radical clerics, he was the only candidate fit to tackle the surge of Islamist extremism in Britain.

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Britain and Israel will work together to combat cyber security attacks

By Sandy Rashty, February 16, 2016

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.

During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”

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How Israel's oldest university innovates profitably

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2016

Doors are firmly shut as I wander the hushed corridors of Israel's oldest university, the Technion in Haifa, formally known as the Israel Institute of Technology. The hush is partly attributable to the fact that it's a holiday period on a campus normally accommodating 13,500 people.

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Iranian minister's visit to London is 'an insult to British values'

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2016

The president of the Board of Deputies has criticised Chatham House's decision to invite the Iranian foreign minister to a London event tomorrow evening.

Jonathan Arkush said the decision to invite Mohammad Javad Zarif – who has publicly supported Hizbollah - to speak at the event was “nothing less than an insult to British values”.

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JNF telethon doubles money raised last year

By Sandy Rashty, February 2, 2016

More than 100 volunteers contacted 4,000 donors during the JNF’s 30th anniversary Green Sunday telethon which took place at the weekend.

The charity said the appeal, which helps fund school, colleges and youth programmes in the south of Israel, was the most successful in its history.

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Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan both back Tel Aviv festival in London

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

Tory and Labour London mayor candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan have both backed a festival promoting Tel Aviv which is set to take place in the UK capital for the first time next year.

Mr Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, said: “This event is fantastic news for both great cities and reemphasises our very close social and economic links.

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Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.

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Campaign launched to honour Channel Islands woman who saved Jewish friend from the Nazi

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A campaign has been launched to recognise a British woman who risked her life to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis during the Second World War.

Cambridge University academic Gilly Carr has called on Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based Holocaust memorial group, to recognise the actions of Dorothea Weber and name her a Righteous Among the Nations.

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Peers Finkelstein, Kestenbaum, Neuberger and Palmer appointed JLC vice-presidents

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2016

Lord Finkelstein has been announced as one of the four newly appointed vice-presidents of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Lord Kestenbaum, Baroness Neuberger and Lord Palmer will also join the communal body for an initial three year term.

They will join seven other high-profile JLC vice-presidents, who were reappointed at a council meeting in central London on Thursday evening.

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H&M apologises for 'upset' over scarf

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2016

Leading retailer H&M has apologised for any offence caused after it released a line of men’s scarves that closely resembled a Jewish prayer shawl.

Images of the men’s scarf – priced at £12.99 – were widely circulated on social media.

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Limmud has something for everyone (but me)

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2016

When the assignment was first handed over, I kicked my desk and unleashed a torrent of expletives. It was my turn to cover the annual Limmud conference - and no tantrum would get me out of it.

Nor would a family wedding in Tel Aviv or an offer to holiday at a penthouse in New York over the New Year.

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Barred speaker says he won't be coming back

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2016

A Limmud organiser has stood by the decision to prevent right-wing journalist Tuvia Tenenbom from taking his place on a panel with less than 24 hours' notice.

Israel-born Mr Tenenbom was booked to take part in seven sessions at the conference in Birmingham last week.

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Sephardi rabbi offers quick take on key topics

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2016

Traditional methods of Jewish learning are not as popular nowadays. People lead hectic lives and lack the time, or perhaps the inclination, to spend their free hours at shiurim or seminars.

That's why Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community in the UK, is placing his faith in a series of online videos offering quickfire explanations of key concepts in Judaism.

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