Rosa Doherty

Ex-Fifa official Jack Warner blamed Zionism over losing his job

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

A former Fifa vice-president who was arrested on bribery charges as part of a raid on officials of football's governing body blamed “Zionism” after being implicated in a previous bribery scandal.

Jack Warner was held in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday on suspicion of bribery.

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I take responsibility for my antisemitic rant, John Galliano tells Jewish audience

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano has said that he has learned to accept responsibility for the antisemitic comments he made during a drunken rant in 2010.

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Inquest leaves Duggan mother seeking answers

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

The mother of a Jewish student who died after fleeing an extremist group in Germany has vowed to fight on for a full investigation into the circumstances of his death.

Erica Duggan has conducted a 12-year campaign to find out what happened to her son Jeremiah.

Following an inquest in London last week that "totally rejected" a previous ruling by a German court that he had committed suicide, s

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Duke of Cambridge will be guest at Jewish Care dinner

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

The Duke of Cambridge will be the guest speaker at Jewish Care’s annual dinner next month, it has been announced.

It will his first appearance at a community fundraiser.

He is expected to deliver an address to guests at the event that will mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.

A record 1,400 people are expected to attend.

The Duke will also meet the charity’s staff and clients.

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New Labour MP Catherine West seeks strong ties with Jewish community

By Rosa Doherty, May 27, 2015

New Labour MP Catherine West has prioritised maintaining strong relations with the Jewish community in her north London constituency but warned that she would have backed the Palestinian independence had she been in the Commons.

Mrs West won Hornsey and Wood Green from the Liberal Democrats, beating the Jewish sitting MP, Lynne Featherstone by a majority of just over 11,000 votes.

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Amnesty says Hamas committed war crimes

By Rosa Doherty, May 27, 2015

A report by Amnesty International UK says that Hamas committed abuses that amount to war crimes during last summer’s 50-day war with Israel.

The terror group was accused of using last summer’s conflict as a cover to execute 23 Palestinians.

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Alan Aziz to leave Zionist Federation to head JNF

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2015

Zionist Federation director Alan Aziz has announced that he is leaving to become the CEO of JNF.

Mr Aziz, who worked for the ZF for 15 years, said he had “decided to move from one iconic Zionist institution to another”.

He added: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege, even at the toughest of times, to defend and promote Israel in the UK.

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Jews have taken over Ukip, claims ex-candidate

By Rosa Doherty, May 22, 2015

A former Ukip candidate has said ‘Jewish interest groups’ have taken over the party.

Footage of Jack Sen, who was suspended by the party just before the election, shows him launching an antisemitic attack after he spoke to far-right group The London Forum.

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Boden rejects suggestion T-shirt design resembles fascist flag

By Rosa Doherty, May 21, 2015

Leading clothes retailer Boden has denied any association between the design of one of its T-shirts and the flag of the British Union of Fascists.

Customer Jill Terezanski, who is Jewish, complained to the company that a striped red and white boy’s T-shirt featuring a blue lightning bolt bore a resemblance to the logo of the far-right group founded by Oswald Mosley in 1932.

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Joy for kosher butcher as son donates organ

By Rosa Doherty, May 21, 2015

A kosher butcher searching for a kidney sounds as if it could be the start of a joke, but for Menachem Haziza it was anything but.

Sixty-two-year-old Mr Haziza, who is well known in the north-west London community as the owner of Menachem's Kosher Butcher and Deli, needed a new kidney after his diabetes suddenly worsened.

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Alert over Golders Green rally

By Rosa Doherty, May 21, 2015

Community representatives have called on the government to ban a rally in London by far-right extremists.

A post sent from a Twitter account of the New Dawn Party suggests that its members are planning a demonstraton targeting the Jewish community in Golders Green on July 4.

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Extremists plan ‘anti-Jewification’ rally in Golders Green

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2015

Far-right group New Dawn Party is thought to be planning a rally against the Jewish community in London.

A post sent from a Twitter account in the name of the group read: “Oppose the 'Shomrim' demo. Golders Green. Saturday July 4th Details to follow.”

A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust said it was aware of the proposed demonstration.

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Yes, oui, ja! Nigella Lawson confirms Eurovision job

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2015

Nigella Lawson has confirmed that she will be presenting the results of the Eurovision song contest on the BBC.

The TV chef responded to a fan's question over rumours that she was taking over the role by tweeting: "Yes, it's true. Oui, c'est vrai. Ja, das ist wahr."

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John Bercow re-elected as House of Commons Speaker

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

John Bercow has been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the House of Commons as MPs returned to Parliament after the election.

His appointment was the first act of the new Parliament before MPs are sworn in.

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Critics rave over Amy Winehouse film

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

‘Amy’, the documentary film about the life and career of the late Amy Winehouse, has received rave reviews after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.

But the film, which includes never-before-seen footage of the Back To Black singer and interviews with close friends and family, has been strongly criticised by Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father.

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Mystery rescuer saves Charedi man who fell into river Lea

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

A mystery cyclist has been heralded a hero after he saved a Charedi man from drowning.

The man dived into the river Lea, in Hackney, east London, to rescue Eli Heilpern who had fallen off his bike into the water.

Mr Heilpern, 28, a property management consultant from Stamford Hill, was cycling with friends when he lost control on a bumpy section of the narrow riverside path.

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Model Chai clients show fashionable appreciation

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

Two women who have fought cancer strutted their stuff on the catwalk as a thank you to the charity which supported them.

Tanya Rosenthal and Joyce Misrahi were among the models at a fashion show at Finchley Synagogue which raised £85,000 for Chai Cancer Care.

Mrs Rosenthal said it was a chance to give back to Chai, which had helped her through breast cancer 14 months ago.

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'Insular community is ignoring plight of refugees'

By Rosa Doherty, May 14, 2015

The Jewish community has become too insular and turned its back on refugees and asylum seekers, according to a leading anti-racism campaigner.

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Entrepreneurs on shortlist to pitch business ideas to Richard Branson

By Rosa Doherty, May 14, 2015

The race is on for two start-ups both hoping to secure investment from Virgin boss Richard Branson after being shortlisted for his Virgin Media Buisness Pitch to Rich competition.

Teenage brothers David and Jason Lipowicz, who launched a website business from their bedroom, and entrepreneur Brad Frankel have been selected as two of the final 50 competitors from an original entry of 1,000.

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‘Book-keeper of Auschwitz’ in tears as survivor testifies

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

A Holocaust survivor’s testimony about the horror of Auschwitz at the trial of former camp guard Oskar Groening reduced the defendant to tears on Tuesday.

Mr Groening, 93, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, stands accused of being complicit in the deaths of 300,000 camp victims.

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