Sandy Rashty

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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Lecha Dodi performed to the tune of John Legend's 'All Of Me'

By Sandy Rashty, February 19, 2015

Watch musicians Refael Mirila and Asaf Flumendorf perform Lecha Dodi lyrics to the tune of John Legend's award-winning All Of Me at Lauderdale House in north London.

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Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.

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Ukip in shechita shambles

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

UKIP's efforts to attract Jewish voters are in chaos after it first reversed its policy on religious slaughter - and then appeared to make a partial reversal of that reversal.

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Call for inquiry amid claims Guinness Four were scapegoats

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

The family of one of the Guinness Four has backed a call for a public inquiry into the affair that saw four Jewish businessmen jailed in 1990.

Ernest Saunders, Anthony Parnes, Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in relation to inflating the value of Guinness shares during a takeover bid for rival company, Distillers.

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Charity hands out £20 million

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

A prominent Jewish charitable foundation has marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20 million to organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE-TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.

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They're sold on Christie's night

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Young professionals raised £45,000 for Alzheimer's research at the Weizmann Institute at a reception at Christie's in London.

The "Science and Sushi" event was the first organised by the new Young Weizmann committee and attracted 350 guests, who enjoyed a private viewing of Christie's 2015 Impressionist and Modern Art auction.

Weizmann neurobiology professor Noam Sobel explained how his res

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