Rosa Doherty

If you can't run away, this could save your life

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2016

It comes from Israel, has thousands of devoted followers and is popular with celebrities.

But what exactly is krav maga, and how does it work?

To find out, I sought the help of Joel Bennett, an instructor at the Zut Krav Maga centre in Hendon, north-west London.

He agreed to show me the basics of the unarmed combat technique in a one-hour session this week.

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How beating cancer can trigger a new battle

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2016

Samantha Jacobs had just got married when she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at the age of 26. After live-saving surgery and chemotherapy, she recovered but the disease and the treatment has left her permanently disabled.

When she initially received the diagnosis, Ms Jacobs, a former hairdresser from Pinner, in north-west London, says: "It was horrible. I started chemo straight away.

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The Corbyn supporter trying to repair rift in Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2016

It is a question being asked by Jewish Labour supporters across the country: can you be a devoted follower of Jeremy Corbyn as he continues to struggle with the party's antisemitism problem?

Rhea Wolfson believes she may have the answer. Last week the 26-year-old was elected to the party's National Executive Committee, winning 85,687 votes from supporters across the country.

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TK Maxx withdraws ‘Nazi-style’ t-shirt from sale

By Rosa Doherty, August 12, 2016

Leading retailer TK Maxx has apologised for selling a t-shirt with lightning bolts resembling the Nazi SS symbol.

TK Maxx removed the t-shirts – featuring the symbols on top of a circle – today.

The tops had been on sale in UK stores.

A spokesman said: “At TK Maxx we take product matters very seriously and appreciate that this t-shirt was brought to our attention.

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Celtic fans urged to launch Israel protest

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

A Facebook group has called on fans of Celtic football club to demonstrate at the Scottish side's Champions League qualifier with Israeli outfit Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

More than 500 people have joined the page - titled "Fly the flag for Palestine, for Celtic, for Justice" - which wants supporters to display Palestinian flags as part of an anti-Israel protest at next Wednesday's match.

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Charity launched to beat Crohn's in strictly Orthodox community

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

A charity has been set up to support sufferers of Crohn's disease, particularly those in the strictly Orthodox community.

Crohn's Colitis Relief will encourage people with Crohn's to seek treatment.

Ashkenazi Jews are four times more likely to develop the digestive condition than the wider population.

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Katie Ledecky wins another gold – inspired by her Jewish grandmother

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

An American swimmer who was inspired by her Jewish grandmother has won her third gold of the Rio Games.

Katie Ledecky secured another victory for the United States in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final on Wednesday.

In an earlier interview, the 19-year-old had said her Jewish grandmother, Berta, 83, instilled in her the competitive spirit that gave her the drive to succeed.

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Rhea Wolfson overcomes opposition to win place on Labour NEC

By Rosa Doherty, August 9, 2016

Rhea Wolfson, the Jewish Labour activist, has been elected to the party’s National Executive Committee.

She won 85,687 votes as one of six candidates backed by the hard-left Momentum group. All six won places on the party's ruling body.

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Russia admits it - not Hizbollah - sent drone into Israel

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

Russian officials have confirmed that a drone which crossed into northern Israel last month belonged to them.

At the time Israel thought the drone belonged to the Lebanese terror group Hizbollah.

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Community Security Trust increase patrols after terror attacks

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

The Community Security Trust has increased security in London this weekend following a spate of terror attacks across Europe.

Mark Gardener, director of communications at CST, told the JC, "CST saw fit to increase security, due to recent terrorist related events in Britain and Europe.

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Claims of antisemitism in Labour 'whitewashed' by Chakrabarti Inquiry

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has been accused of ignoring claims that senior members of Jeremy Corbyn’s team have a “blind spot” when it comes to antisemitism.

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Contrite Christopher Biggins says he was already planning Auschwitz trip before Big Brother incident

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

Christopher Biggins, who was kicked out of Celebrity Big Brother for making a joke about the Holocaust, has revealed that he was planning to visit Auschwitz even before his appearance on the reality TV show.

The actor told the the Sun that he had already decided to go to the Nazi death camp in Poland in October.

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'Antisemitic' Lebanese team refuse to travel with Israeli athletes in Rio

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reprimanded the head of the Lebanese Olympic team after Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with their Israeli opponents on the journey to the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games.

Miri Regev, the Israeli Culture and Sport Minister, labelled the decision the "worst kind of racism".

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Israeli teenager describes horror of Russell Square stabbing

By Rosa Doherty, August 5, 2016

An Israeli tourist who was injured in the stabbing attack in central London, in which an American woman was murdered, has spoken out about her ordeal.

Yovel Lewkowski, 18, from Tel Aviv, described how she watched in horror as a knife-wielding attacker went on the rampage in Russell Square.

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Israeli security guards help police foil Mayfair jewellery raid

By Rosa Doherty, August 4, 2016

An Israeli security company has helped police catch a gang of armed robbers who attempted a smash-and-grab burglary on a Mayfair jewellery store.

Yair Daren told the JC how his Security Risk Specialist firm co-operated with officers who had received a tip-off about a potential robbery at the Chronext shop in central London.

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Munich Olympic hell to be marked, 44 years on

By Rosa Doherty, August 4, 2016

The international Olympic Committee is to hold a memorial in Rio for the 11 Israelis killed at the 1972 Games in Munich, after 44 years of campaigning by relatives of the victims.

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Entrepreneurs learn about fellow feelings

By Rosa Doherty, August 4, 2016

It is shortly after midday and more than 1,000 Muslims are gathered for jumu'ah - the Friday prayer held weekly at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park.

But, as the call to prayer echoes over the loud-speaker, the worshippers catch sight of an unfamiliar figure picking his way through the prayer mats.

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Shami Chakrabarti is yet to comment on release of Royall report into Labour antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 3, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti is yet to comment following the release of Baroness Royall’s full report into allegations of antisemitism among Labour-supporting students at Oxford University.

The JC has obtained a copy of the Royall report which was suppressed by Labour’s National Executive Committee in May.

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Amy Winehouse charity opens recovery home for female addicts

By Rosa Doherty, August 1, 2016

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is to open a home for female addicts on the fifth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death.

The recovery house will be named after the six-time Grammy award winner - Amy’s Place - and will help women who have suffered with alcohol or drug addiction to reintegrate into society after quitting.

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Celebrities rally round to help Jewish family in search of bone marrow donor

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

Dozens of celebrities including pop star Britney Spears have backed a campaign to help a Jewish family find a bone marrow donor to save their mother's life after her leukaemia returned.

Three years ago, British Jews came together to save the life of Kenton grandmother Sharon Berger.

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