Rosa Doherty

Man arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after antisemitic social media posts

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A 41 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following a social media posts of an extreme right wing and antisemitic nature.

The man was arrested in London this morning, as part of a pre-planned operation in north London by officers from the Crime Disruption Unit within the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

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Lecturer verbally abused for carrying bag with Yiddish written on it

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A senior lecturer at the University of Brighton was subject to antisemitic abuse after carrying a book bag with the word ‘schlep’ on it.

Sociology lecturer, Natalie Pitimson was told to “f*** off back to Israel with the other Yids” on Tuesday on board a packed commuter train travelling through central London at rush-hour.

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Swastika found carved in Stamford Hill pavement

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Police have been alerted after a swastika was found carved into a pavement in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch group, contacted officers after the Nazi symbol was discovered close to a synagogue.
Witnesses have been urged to call the police with information.

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Helen Mirren condemns BDS movement as she presents Genesis Prize in Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Helen Mirren has condemned boycotts of Israel declaring her strong belief in the county.

Speaking at a press event in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor said she was a “believer” in Israel, praising Israeli artists’ contribution to the arts and criticising efforts by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott them.

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'I feared cancer had stolen my voice'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

She's sung with Madonna, taught Graham Norton to sing and introduced the Spice Girls to Jewish cuisine.

But in her long career in show business, jazz singer and vocal coach Pepi Lemer has never had a solo career. It was her ultimate dream after decades of backing and coaching other singers.

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Swastika posters 'terrify our children'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

Sarah's youngest son is too frightened to go outside with his brothers and sisters after swastika posters were plastered in a playground on the estate where they live.

The Nazi symbols were put up across five days this week in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, in what security group Shomrim described as "the first co-ordinated and repetitive act of antisemitism the area has ever seen".

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Police patrols increased as swastikas appear outside Stamford Hill playground for fifth time in a week

By Rosa Doherty, June 20, 2016

Swastika posters have appeared at the entrance to a children’s playground for the fifth time in a week after police launched an investigation into the Nazi symbols discovered in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch, said it was “sad to see yet again” the image placed at entrance to the playground next to a Jewish Care Home.

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Suspect in Jo Cox killing bought neo-Nazi books

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

The man arrested over the killing of the MP Jo Cox purchased books from a US-based neo-Nazi group, including guides which promoted the eradication of the Jewish people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published receipts that appear to show Thomas Mair bought books from the National Alliance on how to build homemade guns and explosives.

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Anxiety growing among Stamford Hill Jews as swastikas found in children’s playground for fourth day running

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

Police have increased patrols in Stamford Hill after posters bearing swastikas were found in a children’s playground for a fourth day in a row.

The Metropolitan Police said it was "aware of the religiously aggravated material that has been appearing" and that "patrols have been increased and we are doing all we can to investigate this."

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Labour peer praises Shomrim volunteers who stopped thieves

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Labour peer Lord Glasman has praised volunteers from Shomrim who helped apprehend two men who attempted to steal his bag.

The academic was set upon by two youths on bikes,near his home in Stoke Newington.

The attempted mugging was witnessed by local members of Shomrim, who pursued and caught the suspects. The volunteers held the two youths until police arrived and arrested them.

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'She is the rabbi that I have always wanted to be'

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Yisroel Binstock & Dayan Ivan Binstock

It is hard for Yisroel Binstock, 33, Rabbi of Hendon United Synagogue, to know if he would have become a rabbi, if his father had not been one.

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Chief Rabbi rails against homophobia

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the British community's response to the terror attack at the Pulse nightclub.

Expressing condemnation of the murders and solidarity with the victims, Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: "At a time of such anguish, it is difficult to adequately convey the depths of our moral revulsion for an individual who was so motivated by hatred that it led him to mass murder.

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Avram Grant's passport to Polish past

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, has adopted the Polish nationality of his family who were forced to flee Nazi occupation in 1939.

Mr Grant received a Polish passport during a private ceremony at the country's embassy in London on Monday.

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'Glimmer of hope' as Israeli heads UN group

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

In an unprecedented move, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has been elected to head a permanent committee at the United Nations.

After months of diplomatic efforts, Danny Danon was elected chair of a General Assembly committee handling legal issues on Monday.

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Swastika posters found at children’s playground in Stamford Hill

By Rosa Doherty, June 15, 2016

Shomrim has alerted police to swastika posters found distributed across a children’s playground in Stamford Hill.

The Jewish neighbourhood watch group have urged witnesses to call the police with information.

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Why I was questioned by airport security in wake of Tel Aviv attacks

By Rosa Doherty, June 14, 2016

"So you recently went to Dubai," the Israeli security guard said as she peered suspiciously over her desk, while her male colleague looked me up and down as if I had just touched down from Syria.

"Yes," I replied.

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Record numbers going the distance for worthy causes

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2016

A best-ever 4,000 runners and spectators supporting a record 62 charities are expected at this year's Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on June 19.

As in recent years, the fun run will be at Allianz Park in north London, home to Saracens rugby team.

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League leader is looking to find new supporters

By Rosa Doherty, June 6, 2016

Yvonne Josse hopes to let more people in on the "the community's best kept secret" as the new president of volunteer organisation the League of Jewish Women.

Founded in 1943 to aid the war effort, the league at one time boasted 6,000 members volunteering within the Jewish and wider community - for example, in hospitals, hospices and prisons.

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Hovis is now certified kosher

By Rosa Doherty, June 6, 2016

Hovis breads have been certified by the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din for the first time in the brand’s 130-year history, it has been announced.

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Corbyn takes aim at Jewish journalist in new documentary

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2016