Rosa Doherty

British teenagers fined and given suspended sentences for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2015

Two British teenagers have been fined and given suspended sentences in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were fined 1000 Zloty and given a one year probation, suspended for three years, for misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.


Queen set for visit to Bergen Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2015

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Germany today as part of a four-day state visit which includes a trip to Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

It is her first visit to a former concentration camp site.

The royals will travel to the camp on Friday where the Queen will lay a wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who was one of the 70,000 people who died there.


British teenagers arrested over stolen Auschwitz artefacts

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2015

Two British teenagers have been arrested in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, have been charged with misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.


Wife of Israeli cabinet minister apologises over Obama joke

By Rosa Doherty, June 22, 2015

The wife of Israel’s interior minister has apologised after sending a “racist” tweet about President Barack Obama that she claims was a joke.

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes sparked outrage after she tweeted on her official account saying: "Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak."


Don’t forget me: The last words of a mother whose cancer blog was followed by thousands

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2015

A mother of two young children who chronicled her fight against breast cancer in a heart-breaking blog died this week, shortly after writing what she knew was her last post.


Charity is recognised for rescuing troubled teens

By Rosa Doherty, June 18, 2015

Hackney Council has honoured Charedi charity Kol Boniach for its commitment to helping at-risk teenagers over the past 16 years.

At a reception on Tuesday, the council's speaker, Sade Etti, said that "to witness Kol Boniach's work has been inspiring. They have helped over 430 teenagers, relocating them to new homes and ensuring they learn new skills."


Son 'feels like a hero' after donating kidney

By Rosa Doherty, June 18, 2015

A kosher butcher is recovering well after a transplant operation in which he received a new kidney donated by his son.

Sixty-two-year-old Menachem Haziza, who is well known in the north-west London community as the owner of Menachem's Kosher Butcher and Deli in Golders Green, needed the life-saving operation when his diabetes suddenly worsened.


Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan wins £30,000 National Portrait Gallery award

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery has awarded its prestigious BP Portrait Award to an Israeli artist for the first time.

Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan, 35, won the prize for his work Annabelle and Guy, a portrait of the artist’s friend and step-daughter who “can be seen contemplating their fate in the sunlight of Israel’s Jezreel Valley”, according to the NPG.


"Please remember me and my family", young cancer blogger, Rosie Choueka writes final moving post

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2015

A mother-of-two whose blog about battling breast cancer captured national attention has succumbed to the illness.

Rosie Choueka, 38, from north-west London was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, she died on Tuesday after writing a heartbreaking final blog post.


Film festival pulls screening after Odeon says no to a women-only audience

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2015

The organisers of a festival of Israeli movies has pulled the screening of a film by a Charedi director after the Odeon cinema group said it would not bar men from the audience

Gift of Fire was due to be show at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage as part of Seret 2015 festival.

Director Rechy Elias had demanded that it be shown only to women for religious reasons.


Antisemitic graffiti attack in Birmingham park

By Rosa Doherty, June 11, 2015

A neo-Nazi group has defaced a menorah in a Birmingham park by hanging a swastika flag over it and daubing graffiti on it.

A video of vandals from the pro-Hitler hate group National Action shows them marking the parks gates with antisemitic graffiti.


Security firm claims ‘vindication’ over its work with Israel

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

Britain’s largest security firm has claimed it has been “vindicated” following an investigation into its work with Israel.

G4S said the results of an 18-month probe of its work with Israeli officials in the Palestinian territories had shown there was no “general failure” in its respect for Palestinians’ human rights.


Odeon in U-turn over ban on men at screening of Charedi film

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

The Odeon group has said it will not refuse entry to men to a film being screened as part of the London Israeli Film Festival.

Israeli Charedi film-maker Rechy Elias said she did not want men to see her historical romance, Gift of Fire.


Men banned from London festival screening of Charedi film

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

A Charedi film-maker has banned men from the screening of a film showing as part of the London Israeli Film Festival.

Israeli director Rechy Elias’s drama Gift Of Fire is to be screened at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage and at JW3, the London Jewish community centre, to a “female only audience” despite complaints from men who have requested to see the film.


Charity launches website for Crohn's sufferers

By Rosa Doherty, June 4, 2015

A new charity has launched a website to support Jewish sufferers of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

With Ashkenazi Jews being four times more likely to develop the digestive conditions, Jonathan Jay and Deborah Eckstein decided to launch Jewish Digest to offer medical, dietary and lifestyle advice for people with the illness.


Pioneering doctor Geoffrey Raisman sets up clinic to help the paralysed walk again

By Rosa Doherty, June 3, 2015

A clinic set up by a British Jewish doctor will help the paralysed to walk as early as next year.

Geoffrey Raisman, the man behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries which was hailed as a historic breakthrough, has said that he is setting up a centre at St George’s Hospital that could eventually treat most types of spinal injury.

It could accept its first patients next year.


Police called after fracas on El Al flight

By Rosa Doherty, June 2, 2015

Police were called to deal with a disturbance on an El Al flight from Israel to Heathrow last night.

A fight is believed to have broken out between passengers during the flight, on its trip to London.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “It appears a man had a dispute with another passenger about their child kicking his seat.


Method of slaughter labelling a low priority for meat consumers, EU reports finds

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2015

Shechita UK has welcomed an European Commission report on attitudes to animal slaughter.

The study, called Information to Consumers on the Stunning of Animals, found that stunning animals before slaughter was “not an important issue” for most consumers, unless it was brought to their attention.


Man arrested over Hitler salute

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2015

A man has been arrested after he was seen making a Nazi salute.

A member of the Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim had witnessed the man make the gesture and and shout "Heil Hitler" at Jews in a street in Stamford Hill, north London.


Molton Brown founder Caroline Burstein sparks anger after calling black people “coloured”

By Rosa Doherty, May 29, 2015

Caroline Burstein, the founder of leading cosmetics company Molton Brown, has provoked anger after using the word “coloured” to describe black people.

Ms Burstein said she believed the fashion industry was an inclusive and diverse place where many “coloured” people worked.