Sandy Rashty

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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rabbi's son dies after being hit by car while fleeing fireworks

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2015

The eight-year-old son of a Chasidic rabbi has died after he was hit by a car as he fled fireworks being aimed in his direction.

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

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to visit India

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is set to make an official visit to India next month.

It is understood that Rabbi Mirvis will meet religious leaders in the country – as well as visiting some of its key historical sites.

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They killed his two sons because he visited Israel

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2015

The day started like any other.

It was February 2005, and Iraqi parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi had just enjoyed a morning coffee at home with his sons Ayman, 29, and Jamal, 24.

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Petition calls on Rivlin to back Aleppo rescue

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the JC for highlighting the story of Syrian refugees who fled their home in Aleppo earlier this year.

Last week, this newspaper revealed how the last Jews of Aleppo escaped an area of the city controlled by Bashar Al-Assad in a high-risk mission orchestrated by Israeli businessman Moti Kahana.

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Poland’s new defence minister 'agreed with antisemitic conspiracy theory'

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2015

Poland’s new defence minister allegedly claimed that there is a Jewish plan to dominate the world.

The reported comments by Antoni Macierewicz, who represents the right-wing Law and Justice party, were revealed after his party secured an absolute majority in the country’s general election.

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