Sandy Rashty

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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Charity trustee accused Jews of ‘monitoring Samsung mobile phones’

By Sandy Rashty, November 10, 2015

A charity trustee has accused “f***ing Jews” of monitoring all Samsung mobile phones.

The unnamed supporter of the poverty-prevention Ghulam Mustafa Trust, based in Rochdale in Lancashire, was filmed making the offensive remark earlier this year.

He accused Jews of planting microchips into Samsung phones to track photographs.

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El Al chooses Rolls-Royce engines to power its planes

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2015

British-built Rolls-Royce engines are to fitted to El Al planes.

The Israeli airline has chosen the UK manufacturer’s Trent 1000 engines to drive 15 of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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LL Camps director released on bail

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2015

The former director of a leading children’s camp has been released from custody on bail.

Ben Lewis, who ran LL Camps, had been detained since he was charged with three counts relating to the possession of indecent images of children in August.

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Jewish refugee is stuck in Istanbul and seeking aliyah

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

The JC has learnt of a married couple from Damascus living in Istanbul but trying to make aliyah.

The woman was born Jewish but converted to Islam for her Muslim husband. It is understood that they have not been welcomed by the local Turkish Jewish community.

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New Israel ambassador starts work in Ireland

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

Israel’s new ambassador to Ireland has presented his credentials to the country’s president.

Ze’ev Boker, 57, met President Michael Higgins yesterday.

Mr Boker, who was raised in an Israeli kibbutz, has served as a diplomat since 1987.

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Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.

Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.

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Museum gets major investment as chairman eyes change of location

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

London's Jewish Museum has received a multimillion-pound injection from a Jewish donor.

Chairman Lord Young revealed that the museum, in Camden, north London, had received several million pounds from the unnamed benefactor.

It is hoped the money will be used to boost interest in the museum from young people, through using technology and interactive displays.

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Israeli schools taking lessons from Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

When it comes to game-changing start-ups or culinary excellence, Israel is a world leader. Yet the same cannot be said of its educational system, with experts warning of slipping standards at both primary and secondary level.

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Myeloma activist tells survival story

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Judy Dewinter was a high-flying City businesswoman, heading the European product division for a major broker, Instinet.

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Anti-Israel activists block London trade building

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Anti-Israel activists have blocked a government building in central London.

Protestors held up a placard outside the UK Trade and Investment building that read: “Stop Arming Israel”.

Anti-boycott group Jewish Human Rights Watch condemned Thursday morning’s protest.

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Revealed: How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Listen to Sandy Rashty and JC Foreign Editor Orlando Radice discuss this amazing story on the JC Podcast, below

They came for the last Jews of Aleppo early in the morning.

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Businessman who rescued the last Jews of Aleppo was inspired by Yad Vashem

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Moti Kahana is not your average businessman.

He has considered turning the story of his life — from Jerusalem foster home to multi-million pound fortune in New York — into a book, but for the moment the 47-year-old is focusing his attention on the Middle East.

His mission to extract the last Jews of Aleppo began with a trip to Yad Vashem five years ago.

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Government bans American neo-Nazi from coming to Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 4, 2015

The UK government has banned a far-right nationalist from entering the country.

Jewish security group the Community Security Trust welcomed the ban of American white nationalist Matthew Heimbach.

A CST spokesman tweeted: “Thanks @ukhomeoffice for excluding neo-Nazi Matthew Heimbach from UK for antisemitism and inciting hatred of Jews.”

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Jewish woman killed in Russian plane crash

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

A young Jewish woman was among the 224 victims believed to have been killed on board a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt this week.

Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was on the chartered flight travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular resort destination in the north of Egypt, to St Petersburg in Russia. The plane crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.

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Palestinian teenagers arrested in early morning raids

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

At least seven Palestinian teenagers have been detained by Israeli authorities after door-to-door raids were carried out on homes in East Jerusalem in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Israeli who stabbed a Jew he mistook for an Arab charged with attempted murder

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

An Israeli man has been charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly stabbed a Jew he mistook for an Arab.

Shlomo Pinto, from the north of Israel, has been accused of stabbing Uriel Razkan in Haifa, after mistaking him for an Arab. Mr Razkan was said to be “moderately injured” as a result of the stabbing in his upper torso.

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Being a Jew in the jungle? I loved it (and lost weight)

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

A London-born woman is set to appear on an Israeli reality television series that airs this weekend.

Lisa Shurkin, 36, who made aliyah in 2005, will be seen taking part in the Israeli version of Survivor, which is based on the American game show.

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Bond dines out on her royal recollections

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

As the BBC's royal correspondent, Jennie Bond followed the British monarchy around the world for close on 15 years.

She made the Queen laugh, was scolded by Prince Philip and enjoyed a good relationship with Prince Charles and Princess Di.

So the veteran broadcaster was an apposite choice to address more than 230 guests at a women's lunch in Finchley in aid of Norwood, the one Jewish charity

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