Sandy Rashty

Zara says sorry over ‘yellow star’ T-shirt

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Leading high-street retailer Zara has apologised after it sold a striped T-shirt with a yellow star which bore a striking resemblance to the uniforms worn by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust.

Zara has removed the T-shirt – which had a six-point star on the left breast - from its website on Wednesday.

The garment had been available in the UK.

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Huge rocket attack from Hamas as truce talks continue

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2014

Israelis rushed into bomb shelters this morning as dozens of rockets were fired into Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

More than 25 rockets were fired into Moatza Ezorit Eshkol, in the south.

The wave of attacks came as Israeli forces bombed two evacuated building in Gaza City today.

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Raising the voice of Reform Judaism

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2014

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is one of the most media-savvy rabbis in the UK.

A radio panellist and self-described “broadcaster”, she regularly tweets on issues of public interest and is rarely without her iPad and mobile phone.

As the senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, which is made up of 40 communities and two affiliate synagogues, she sees it as her job.

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Shimon Cohen, the Sultan of Spin

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2014

Shimon Cohen describes himself as a “spin-consultant”.

Along with his 18-strong team, Cohen is trusted to manage the scandals and promote the work of 70 groups — including communal organisations from the United Synagogue to the Holocaust Educational Trust and Aish UK.

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Tricycle Theatre 'on thin ice' over Jewish film festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 14, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said in a letter to UK Jewish Film Festival chair Stephen Margolis that the Tricycle Theatre's boycott is "misguided".

Mr Javid, a long-time supporter of Conservative Friends of Israel, also told the JC: "I am concerned about the impact of its decision."

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Truce reported - but rockets from Gaza still flying

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2014

Rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza this evening, despite unconfirmed reports that a five-day truce had been agreed with Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister reportedly ordered the IDF to retaliate.

The rockets, believed to have been be fired by Hamas operatives in Gaza, landed in southern Israel before a previous three-day ceasefire ended.

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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid says Tricycle Theatre “misguided” over UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 12, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has criticised the Tricycle Theatre’s decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival.

In a letter to UKJFF chair Stephen Margolis, he said the theatre had been “misguided” in demanding the festival drop its sponsorship by the Israeli embassy.

Mr Javid, the Tory MP for Bromsgrove, told the JC: “I am concerned about the impact of its decision.

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Demonstrators at Tricycle protest against UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

Around 250 people gathered outside the Tricycle Theatre on Thursday evening to protest against the venue's decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival over its ties with Israel.

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IDF support served up with extra cheese

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

Diaspora Jews have been quick to support Israel at a time of conflict, but as well as the traditional appeals, some more unusual relief projects have emerged.

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UK Jewish Film Festival banned from the Tricycle Theatre: But some won’t attack boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council have condemned the Tricycle Theatre’s decision to ban the UK Jewish Film Festival as “shameful”.

But despite the communal outrage, a number of Jewish figures involved with the north-west London theatre have refused to criticise the boycott.

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Tricycle Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival over Israeli sponsorship

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2014

A major London theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy.

The Tricycle Theatre was scheduled to be the main venue for the UKJFF in November, with 26 films due to be screened there as well as six gala events.

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Jerusalem hit by two terror attacks

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2014

Israelis were targeted in two separate terrorist attacks in Jerusalem this afternoon.

One civilian was killed after a terrorist drove a tractor into a moving bus, causing it to tip over.

The unidentified victim died as a result of the collision; another seven were injured.

The terrorist was shot dead by police.

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Suzy Menkes has always been in fashion, but now she's totally in Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2014

A fashionable 15 minutes late for our interview, Suzy Menkes arrives at her surprisingly modestly-sized office at Condé Nast International near Regent Street, trademark high quiff in place and clutching two stylish but practical Longchamp bags.

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Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

The son of a Jewish cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry, has called on the Mayor of London to “stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city”.

Dr Clive Richards suffered a heart attack after he was struck by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last August. The 67-year-old grandfather, from Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Anger as One Direction are in two minds over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

Two members of the One Direction boy band have split opinion over the war in Gaza.

Singer Zayn Malik was challenged by Israeli fans after he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

His message has been retweeted around 150,000 times by Monday afternoon.

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Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers: Hatton Garden characters make a gem of a documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

In London's prime jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden, doing well in business depends heavily on who you know. Perhaps that is why so many Jewish traders - from the Charedi diamond merchants to secular shop owners - have managed to prosper. An old-school way of doing business persists.

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Rachael Neustadt: "We are together as a family again. Now we just need time to heal"

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Flanked by a child psychologist and court officials, Rachael Neustadt stood nervously at the doorway of a Moscow apartment, praying that the two sons from whom she had been separated for almost two years would be on the other side.

For much of that time, her only contact had been via Skype when the ex-husband who kidnapped them decreed.

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Israel backed by thousands at London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews demonstrated their support at a Zionist Federation (ZF) rally on Sunday.

An estimated 5,000 people - from children to grandparents – showed their solidarity, singing Am Yisrael Chai and the Hatikvah and holding aloft placards demanding an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Game on! for Mr Ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

An estimated 1.5 billion people across the globe were estimated to have watched the opening Commonwealth Games ceremony on Wednesday evening.

And David Zolkwer, the Jewish head of ceremonies, did not disappoint with a show-stopping singing and dancing spectacle, the brainchild of Mr Zolkwer, from Manchester.

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Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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