Sandy Rashty

Rolling Stones confirm they will play in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The Rolling Stones will perform their first-ever Israel concert, it has been confirmed.

Representatives said on Tuesday that the band would go ahead with its performance in Tel Aviv this summer as planned.

The Stones were reportedly offered £4.5 million to play the open-air concert in Park Hayarkon on June 4 – the largest sum ever offered for a music act to play in the country.

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H&M withdraws 'offensive' star of David top

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

A high-street fashion chain has withdrawn a line of vest tops emblazoned with a skull at the centre of a large star of David.

H&M, which has 3,100 stores across 53 countries, confirmed that the men's vest top was removed on Monday morning in the wake of complaints from angry shoppers.

“The order has been stopped and the others have been pulled,” said a H&M spokeswoman.

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Channel 4 buys Hitler's hair from David Irving for £3,000

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Channel 4 has defended its decision to buy a lock of Hitler’s hair from Holocaust-denier David Irving.

Television executives said paying £3,000 was justified on scientific grounds.

The hair will be tested on the channel “Dead Famous DNA” programme which will be broadcast this week.

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Katherine Jenkins sings for Shoah survivors

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Katherine Jenkins was overcome with emotion as she embraced a Shoah survivor at a record-breaking fundraising dinner on Monday.

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Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.

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Iranian leader questions the Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

Iran’s supreme leader has questioned whether the Holocaust took place.

In a speech marking the Persian New Year on Friday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "Expressing opinion about the Holocaust, or casting doubt on it, is one of the greatest sins in the West.

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Covent Garden family pharmacy to close

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

One of the last independent shops in the Covent Garden area of central London is to close this week, with its Jewish founders blaming high rents and rates for making the business unsustainable.

The Garden Pharmacy was opened by grandparents Harry and Connie Ganz in 1984.

Surrounded by London’s top theatres, its customers include actors Rupert Everett, Simon Callow and Amanda Barrie.

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‘Happy days’ for Israeli trade as delegation comes to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

A 30-strong group of Israeli companies specialising in retail and water technology were welcomed to Downing Street last week, in a ground-breaking bid to strengthen trade ties with the UK.

Heads of British corporations, from Marks and Spencer to Tesco and ASOS, were full of praise after attending events from Downing Street to the BT Tower and Science Museum.

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Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z visit Anne Frank's house

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z have visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

The American couple, who are currently performing on tour around Europe, viewed the former Frank family safe-house that was later discovered by the Nazis, on Wednesday.

Beyoncé, wearing a denim jumpsuit and black hat, was pictured signing the visitors book.

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The TV tale of the happy slappy beauty consultants

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Take two cheeky blonde beauticians, tell them to sell a “ridiculous” face-slapping treatment to trusting customers and you’ve got a great TV show.

At least, that’s what Channel 4 executives thought when they recruited Melissa Hartzel and Sammy Jacobs to take part in Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade, whose opening episode was broadcast on Monday.

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Wartime friends reunited: 71 years after fleeing the Blitz

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

When a four-year-old evacuee returned to his Hackney home after fleeing the Blitz, he received a letter from the well-to-do prep school boy who had become his wartime best-friend.

But despite his mother’s insistence, Barry Spencer never replied. It was a decision he came to regret for more than 70 years.

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I stand by my SodaStream decision, says defiant Scarlett Johansson

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has mounted a strong defence of her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream.

The actress resigned as an ambassador for Oxfam after the charity criticised her role advertising fizzy-drink products made in a West Bank factory.

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Purim highlights at JFS

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2014
JFS students flocked to the Kenton-based campus dressed in outfits from the Teletubbies to Where's Wally? as part of the Jewish secondary school's 2014 Purim celebrations. Bouncy castles, magicians and popcorn machines were also on hand for entertainment.

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Roger Waters denies he is antisemitic

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters had denied he is antisemitic, in the wake of comments from Jewish philanthropist Gerald Ronson.

The musician, who is known for his criticism of Israel, wrote an open letter to Mr Ronson in the Daily Telegraph.

In it he said: "I am not an antisemite or against the Israeli people. I am a critic of the policies of the government of Israel.

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United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.

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Jewish and Muslim women finding common ground

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Addressing 130 Jewish and Muslim women at the Foreign Office, Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi said the religions had more in common than circumcision, ritual slaughter and good food.

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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.

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