Sandy Rashty

Growing shul is full of Eastern promise

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2015

It's a midweek morning and Ghassan Cohen has a business meeting to attend. But first, he has to supervise some home improvements at the Ohel David Eastern Synagogue in Golders Green.


Charity Commission will look into case of Jewish businessman who owed millions

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2015

The Charity Commission has announced that it will look into the case of a Jewish businessman who is to pay back just £500,000 on a £600 million debt owed to more than 30 creditors – including Jewish charities.


Muslim, Jewish, Christian power players talk Syria over smoked salmon

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2015

It was an unlikely meeting of minds.

There, in the back of a kosher restaurant in the heart of the Syrian Jewish area of Brooklyn, New York, sat four very different men – all set on discussing the conflict in Syria.


Charities lose millions after businessman agrees debt deal

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2015

Jewish charities and individuals have lost millions of pounds as a result of a settlement on a debt owed by London Jewish businessman Moises Gertner.

The JC can reveal that Mr Gertner will settle a £600m debt owed to 31 creditors – by paying a £500,000 sum to be shared between them.


Businessman owes bank and creditors £580 million

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2015

British businessman Moises Gertner owes at least £580 million to 31 creditors, including a series of Jewish charities and individuals.

Documents seen by the JC reveal that Mr Gertner, from Hendon in north-west London, owes more than £547m to Icelandic bank Kaupthing and £11m to the Israeli-owned CFL Finance Limited group.


Hilary Benn in low-key Israel tour

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2015

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn made a low-profile visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.

Accompanied by a political adviser, he landed at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Monday morning for the start of the three-day tour.


'I know what Lord Sugar is looking for’ – meet the woman trusted to grill this year’s Apprentice candidates

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2015

She is the latest person to have been brought into Lord Sugar’s inner-circle as a trusted adviser on BBC business show the Apprentice.

But Leeds-born Linda Plant is no stranger to the notoriously tough business mogul – having known him for more than 20 years.


Hilary Benn arrives in Israel for three-day Middle East visit

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2015

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn will visit east Jerusalem with a humanitarian group during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.

Mr Benn, who landed in Ben Gurion airport this morning for the three-day visit, will tour east Jerusalem with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


Compensation at last for victims of Arab hate

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2015

Israel's finance minister has confirmed that Jews from Iraq, Morocco and Algeria will be entitled to compensation for the first time.


Chanucah in the corridors of power

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2015

This week, being a friend of Israel came at a heavy price.

Parliamentarians and business moguls protectively clasped their bellies and apologised for not being able to stomach another bite as freshly-stocked trays of doughnuts made their way around this week's series of Chanucah parties.


'Israeli technology could help fight terror attacks'

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2015

The UK needs Israeli technology to combat terrorism, a senior figure at the Israeli Economy Ministry has claimed.

Ziva Eger, chief executive of the foreign investments and industrial cooperation division at the Ministry, said that Israel's experience in fighting extremists with specialist cyber and homeland security technologies was needed in places like London, Paris and Brussels.


Van driver ‘shouted antisemitic abuse at shul-goers’

By Sandy Rashty, December 8, 2015

Synagogue-goers were antisemitically abused by a man in a white van as they made their way home.

Police have said a person driving a white Ford Transit van last Saturday in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, shouted offensive language at a group walking along Deacons Hill Road at around 1pm.

It is understood that the driver made reference to Hitler and the “gas chambers”.


Zac Goldsmith: I’ve been the victim of anti-Jewish abuse

By Sandy Rashty, December 7, 2015

Tory mayor of London candidate Zac Goldsmith has revealed he has received antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Speaking at the annual Conservative Friends of Israel lunch on Monday, Mr Goldsmith, whose father Sir James was Jewish, said: “I was brought up by my father to identify very strongly as Jewish.


Survivor who travelled to the UK by bomber

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2015

Born in 1927 to a traditional Jewish family in south-west Poland, Chaim "Harry" Olmer was one of 1,000 children who found refuge in Britain in 1946 - landing in a bomber, where he remembers sitting on the floor singing Hebrew songs with the other children.

Now after a career as a dentist, the 88-year-old grandfather of eight lives in Mill Hill, north-west London, with his wife Margaret.


Israel should do deal with Hamas, says congressman McGovern

By Sandy Rashty, November 27, 2015

Israel must work with terrorist group Hamas to find a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

So says Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat who co-chairs the influential Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Mr McGovern describes himself as a supporter of Israel — despite having last travelled to the country when Ariel Sharon sat in the prime minister’s seat.


Taking Israel to ICC would 'exculpate' terror backers

By Sandy Rashty, November 26, 2015

Leading human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler has condemned the ongoing campaign to prosecute Israel at the International Criminal Court as a discriminatory move that undermines the principles of the tribunal.


Me, bothered? No, I just did what I had to do

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

Brian Leveson is anxious. One of the most powerful judges in Britain is about to embark on an experience that he normally, studiously, avoids. He is about to be interviewed by a newspaper journalist.


Chief Rabbi helps raise awareness of domestic abuse on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis echoed a global call to fight domestic violence today.

As patron of the Jewish Women's Aid charity, he attended a stall in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north-west London to increase aware of domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Eric Pickles honours those who saved Jews during Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2015

Sir Eric Pickles attended an event at the Israeli embassy to honour those who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The Tory MP – and special envoy for post-Holocaust issues – was joined by the family of an Austrian woman who saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis.


Rabbi's eight-year-old son dies after being hit by car

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2015

The son of a Chasidic rabbi has died after he was hit by a neighbour's car as he reportedly ran away from fireworks.

Elchonon Kohn, from Hackney, east London, died on Sunday night from injuries sustained in the collision.

A pupil at a Satmar school in the area, the eight-year-old was said to have been frightened by fireworks launched last Wednesday.