Rosa Doherty

Israel’s Arab diplomat tells StandWithUs guests why he backs the Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs UK held its first annual reception on Thursday, with Arab-Israeli diplomat George Deek telling the 270 guests that Arab and Jews in Israel shared common goals and fears.

Mr Deek, who was guest of honour at the event at St Johns Wood Synagogue, was making his first official visit to the UK.

He explained why he champions the Jewish state.

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Nick Clegg on the Board of Deputies' Jewish Manifesto

By Rosa Doherty, April 30, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg have responded to the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto. See Nick Clegg’s video response here.

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David Cameron on the Board of Deputies' Jewish Manifesto

By Rosa Doherty, April 30, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg have responded to the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto. See David Cameron’s video response here.

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Israeli company must rebuild Maida Vale pub brick by brick

By Rosa Doherty, April 29, 2015

Israeli developers who demolished a historic London pub without permission could be forced to rebuild it brick by brick.

Tel Aviv-based tax lawyer Ori Calif is director of CLTX Ltd, the company which owns the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale, north London.

The building was knocked down earlier this month ahead of potential redevelopment of the site.

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Lord Weidenfeld honoured with Theodor Herzl Award

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2015

The World Jewish Congress has honoured Lord Weidenfeld with its prestigious Theodor Herzl Award.

The peer received the accolade at a gala dinner at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday.

The award recognises those who work to carry forward Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people.

Herzl was one of the founding fathers of modern Zionism.

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My week of living below the poverty line: day 2

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2015

Barely a day goes by at the Jewish Chronicle without it being someone’s birthday, daughter's Bat Mitzvah, or uncle's wedding, and there is always, always cake.

“Have some, you must, if I give it to you it is free.”

By 11.30am it felt like if I had £1 for every time someone offered me their bagel, I could have raised half my £200 target for charity in one morning.

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My week of living below the poverty line: day one

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

Armed with my Live Below the Line information pack provided by Tzedek, and full to the brim of recipe ideas, and shopping list I set off for my local supermarket fiver in hand.

My task – to help draw attention to the 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty, where £1 has to cover a lot more than just food and drink each day.

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Labour candidate accuses BBC of racism over 'wealthy Jews' article

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The BBC has been accused of racism after an article on the Blackley and Broughton constituency in Greater Manchester referred to its “wealthy” Jewish community.

In an online profile, the BBC said the area was multi-cultural with a “Jewish community concentrated in a wealthy pocket of large detached houses”.

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Ex-Masorti Judaism co-chair takes over at New Israel Fund

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The New Israel Fund announced it has appointed Clive Sheldon as its new chairman.

Mr Sheldon takes over from Nicholas Saphir, who has stepped down after six years in the role, this week.
Mr Sheldon, a QC, comes to the organisation after years of experience in the Jewish charity and educational sector.

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Pensioner fighting for life after minicab collision

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2015

A pensioner is fighting for her life and her husband is being treated for minor injuries after a crash involving a minicab.

The 94-year-old Jewish woman was in a critical condition in hospital on Friday morning. Her 93-year-old husband has been treated for minor injuries.

The couple were struck in Golders Green at around 4pm on Thursday.

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Celebrating life the Nazis couldn't kill

By Rosa Doherty, April 23, 2015

"Arbeit macht frei" - "work makes you free" - is known around the world as the notorious sign over the gates of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million prisoners were murdered by the Nazis.

But last Thursday a different message rang out, as 11,000 people marched through those gates, chanting "Am yisrael chai" - the nation of Israel lives.

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Yad Vashem honour for heroic housekeeper

By Rosa Doherty, April 23, 2015

A housekeeper who abandoned her own son to save a Jewish child from the Nazis is to be named as Righteous Among the Nations.

Maria Turnsek was working as housekeeper for a prominent Jewish family in Vienna. Her employers, Otto and Kathe Leichter, begged her to flee the country with their six-year-old son Franz - as a non-Jew she was able to travel without arousing suspicion.

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Rabbis convicted of Sopranos-style New Jersey divorce kidnap plot

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2015

Three Orthodox rabbis have been convicted for a Sopranos-style plot in which they planned the torture of Jewish men who refused to divorce their wives.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler were found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday.

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Israel honours Arab teen who was killed in revenge attack

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Israel has added Muhammed Abu Khdeir’s name to a monument for terror victims on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed last summer in an act of revenge following the murder of Israeli teenagers Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists.

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Iran plans new Holocaust cartoon contest

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Iran will host its second international Holocaust cartoon contest next month.

Artists are invited to submit work based on Shoah denial, and touching on subjects including what the organisers call oppression of Palestinians and caricatures of Benjamin Netanyahu and Hitler.

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Amnesty rejects call to campaign against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Amnesty International has rejected a motion to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The motion was tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps in March who said it was defeated at the International AGM on Sunday by 468 votes to 461.

Mr Thorpe Apps said: “It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference.”

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My struggle with March of the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 17, 2015

“Arbeit macht frei” - work makes you free – the taunting words that mark the entrance to one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps where 1.1 million prisoners were tortured and killed.

Only today, some of the victims to the regimes that ruled here stood under the sign in the sunshine, survivors who were now free.

It was impossible not to be chilled by that image.

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Auschwitz and Birkenau - context for a march that honours the dead and marvels in the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

Day two of my journey with the UK delegation involved a visit to both Auschwitz and Birkenau.

On Thursday 11,000 people from all over the world march the three kilometres between the two camps, designed to contrast with the death marches which took place towards the end of the war.

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Meet the Leonard Cohen clone from south London

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

The hangdog look, the sombre clothing, the air of gloom — all are very familiar. Leonard Cohen is, after all, a rock legend, venerated by followers all over the world.

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Krakow for Holocaust Remembrance Day: my journey

By Rosa Doherty, April 15, 2015

In Krakow, Poland the sun was shining, the wind blew pleasantly and a large group of Charedim pushed passed me as I disembarked the plane, ready for what one organiser had already promised was going to be ‘a deeply personal journey that would change my life’.

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