Rosa Doherty

My brush with bus bigot – what happened next

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Earlier this week I wrote a story detailing my encounter with a man spouting antisemitic abuse on a packed bus from Golders Green.

I explained how I reported the incident as it was happening and was told by police that they would not attend the scene unless the driver stopped the bus. The driver refused.

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There goes the bride

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Guests celebrated into the night at a wedding reception notable for one absence - the bride.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu, 29, wasn't there because immigration officers had stopped her entering the UK.

She'd flown from Tel Aviv to Luton Airport for what should have been a civil ceremony with her British fiancé Oliver Stopnitzky.

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My brush with bus bigot

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2014

When I boarded a packed 102 bus in Golders Green on Tuesday evening, the last thing I expected was to be confronted with a racist free to spout antisemitic abuse with no one prepared to stop him.

On the top deck of my bus, which was full of Jewish school children, sat a grey-haired man screaming “get the Jews off the bus, all they do is f*** us”.

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New pro-Israel group aims to support grassroots activists

By Rosa Doherty, September 16, 2014

An umbrella organisation has been formed to support the grassroots Jewish groups set up in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

Nili14 will provide a “leadership and resource centre of excellence” for all the groups in the UK and Ireland.

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Statue of Amy Winehouse unveiled in London

By Rosa Doherty, September 15, 2014

A statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London.

The bronze sculpture showcases the star’s signature beehive hairstyle, star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair.

The memorial was placed in the Stables Market in Camden to commemorate the Back to Black singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.

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J is for Jacobson as writer Howard nominated again

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced Tuesday. He has been nominated for his novel, J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson (pictured) who won the prize in 2010 with The Finkler Question said he was "delighted" that J has been shortlisted.

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Howard Jacobson makes it to Man Booker shortlist

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.

The author has been nominated for his book J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson, who once described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", won the prize in 2010 with his novel, The Finkler Question.

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Film director beats boycott with cash plea

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

An Israeli film-maker, who was denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott, has raised the money himself through an online appeal.

Yoav Hornung's film Deserted was selected for the Encounters short-film festival this month.

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Grassroots campaign draws thousands to demo

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday for a rally organised by a new grassroots movement against the rise in antisemitism.

They filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear speakers including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.

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East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.

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UK deplores Israel’s land grab on West Bank

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2014

The British government has crticised an Israeli decision to annex land on the West Bank.

It said the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

Israel announced the annexation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Anti-settlement groups have called it the biggest such claim in 30 years.

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Thousands turn out for London rally against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 31, 2014

Thousands of people turned out for a rally against the rise in antisemitism in central
London on Sunday.

More than 4,500 protesters filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice to hear speakers including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis, and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.

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How diary notes for my dead son saved me from drink and drugs

By Rosa Doherty, August 29, 2014

The mother of a young actor who collapsed and died while playing football has spoken about the extraordinary lengths she went to, to escape a depression that saw her spiral into drink and drugs.

Rochelle Saunders and her husband Eddie say they lost a year of their lives, mixing a cocktail of drink and prescribed drugs and abandoning their parental responsibilities to cope with the pain.

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Sailor's death to be marked 100 years on

By Rosa Doherty, August 22, 2014

The first Jewish sailor to be killed in the First World War will be commemorated by his family dropping a plaque 200ft into the North Sea, where his ship, HMS Pathfinder, was sunk by a German torpedo.

William Stern was one of 250 Royal Navy sailors who died when the ship went down off St Abbs Head in the Scottish Borders on September 5 1914.

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Anti-jihadist solidarity

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

A Jewish group has joined demonstrations highlighting the Islamic State threat facing minorities in Iraq.

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London synagogue vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Police are investigating an attack on a north London synagogue.

Vandals smashed a window at Cockfosters & North Southgate Synagogue. The shul's rabbi Daniel Epstein said the incident had saddened his congregation.

The shul has increased security under the advice of the Community Security Trust and police are examining the synagogue's CCTV recordings to assist in their investigations.

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Cinema boycott - take two

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Two Israeli film-makers have been denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott.

Yoav Hornung and Niv Shpigel have directed films due to be shown at the Encounters festival in Bristol in September. But neither will be able to attend the screenings because money offered by the Israeli embassy to pay for their travel has been rejected.

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Ceasefire extended for 24 hours

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2014

The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for 24 hours so that talks in Cairo can continue.

An Egyptian government statement released late on Monday confirmed the truce will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday to give time for a longer-term deal to be done.

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Fighting with the enemy - the Kaiser’s Jewish soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

When war broke out in 1914 German Jews joined their county’s armed forces in their thousands.

“Jews had a profound sense of commitment to the German fatherland during the First World War,” said Toby Simpson, the learning and engagement manager at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide.

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How the great cook-off ended in a food fight

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

A simmering row over the results of a cookery contest this week boiled over into a full-blown broiges.

Leading Jewish chefs competed in a public cook-off at June's Gefiltefest, held at LJCC.

The event was flagged as Sephardi v Ashkenazi based on the recipes and cooking styles involved.

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