Rosa Doherty

Charity founders hopeful of cure for son's disease

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld's world collapsed when their five-year-old son Gavriel was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that kills sufferers before their 30s.

But through their despair, the Hendon couple were determined to help find a cure for the condition, which is currently fatal in all cases and affects 300,000 people worldwide.

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Hope for Asher after operation in America

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

A four-year-old boy is recovering well after a life-changing surgery paid for by the Jewish community.

Asher Carroll, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was operated on at an American hospital following an appeal in the JC that resulted in £70,000 being donated by the paper's readers.

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Labour official ‘suspended for supporting Ken Livingstone’s Hitler comment’

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

The secretary of Croydon Central Labour Party has been suspended for reportedly backing Ken Livingstone's comments about Hitler and Zionism.

David White expressed support for Mr Livingstone’s comments in a tweet sent to a local newspaper reporter.

Mr White said the former London mayor had been "largely accurate" when he described the Nazi leader as a Zionist.

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Amnesty criticised over call for Israel to drop Vanunu charges

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

An NGO watchdog has hit out at Amnesty International after the UK charity said Israel should drop its “ludicrous” charges against nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu.

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Labour NEC candidate attacked by Twitter antisemites

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

A former Jewish Society chair who has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee has been subject to antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Since announcing her NEC bid on Tuesday, Rhea Wolfson, said she was “shocked at the antisemitic abuse being tweeted at not only me but my family today- using literal Nazi propaganda.”

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Former Jewish Society chair backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour executive

By Rosa Doherty, May 10, 2016

A former Jewish Society chair has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Rhea Wolfson, a Scottish Labour activist, has the support of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum.

She is expected to replace the suspended Mr Livingstone and represent the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, for the place on the party’s governing body.

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Chabad rabbi dies suddenly, aged 43

By Rosa Doherty, May 9, 2016

Ilford Chabad's Rabbi Moshe Muller, who died from a heart attack on Sunday, aged 43, has been remembered as a "kingpin" of the community.

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Sadiq Khan invited to Israel by Tel Aviv mayor

By Rosa Doherty, May 9, 2016

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv has written to the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan congratulating him on his election success and inviting him to visit Israel.

Mr Huldia said he was “most pleased” with the new mayor’s commitment to being an “uncompromising voice against antisemitism” during his campaign.

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Lord Weidenfeld Fund offers to fund settlement of refugee children in UK

By Rosa Doherty, May 6, 2016

The Lord Weidenfeld fund has welcomed David Cameron’s decision to accept unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, and has offered to help finance them.

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'Inspirational' Liora mourned

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2016

Tributes have been paid to a 20-year-old teaching assistant whose battle for survival was supported by communities around the world.

Liora Rosenberg died last Saturday night after more than a week on life support. She had contracted pneumonia and suffered a bleed to the brain.

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My aim is to ensure no one forgets

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

On Yom Hashoah, communities across the world remember the six million Jewish lives lost at the hands of Hitler's Nazi regime. Here, Zigi Shipper tells the JC why it took him more than 50 years to share his own experiences, while his daughter Michelle Richman and grandson Darren Richman explain the effect his story has had on their family.

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David Cameron announces refugee u-turn after Kindertransport chair’s pressure

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

David Cameron has said the government will not stand in the way of an amendment calling for Britain to take in unaccompanied refugee children who have already arrived in Europe.

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs had originally had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees rejected in a vote in the House of Commons last month.

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Take more child refugees, Association of Jewish Refugees chair urges David Cameron

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

Sir Erich Reich, Association of Jewish Refugees chairman, has called on David Cameron to do more to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” of the refugee crisis.

The former Kindertransport refugee said the Prime Minister should accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria.

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Labour Councillor suspended for 'relocate Jews' comment

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Labour Councillor, Ilyas Aziz, has been suspended after he called for Jews to be “relocated” to America.

A Labour Party spokesperson confirmed Mr Aziz had been “suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

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Labour councillor called for the relocation of Jews

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Labour Councillor, Ilyas Aziz, called for Jews to be “relocated” to America.

According to the website Guido Fawkes, Mr Aziz, who backed Jeremy Corbyn for leader, shared a post arguing that Israeli Jews should “relocate” to America “now”.

The Nottingham councillor wrote on Facebook in July 2014: “Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East in peace pre 1948.

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Antisemitism row used to undermine Corbyn, says Len McCluskey

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Unite chief Len McCluskey has said the row about antisemitism is being used to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr McCluskey’s comments, came as the months-long row over antisemitism allegations in the party reached new heights in recent days.

Ex-mayor Ken Livingstone and MP Naz Shah were both suspended from the party for comments they made.

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Ex-aide to Naz Shah ‘suspended from Labour’ over antisemitic posts

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

A councillor who was employed by Labour MP Naz Shah as a parliamentary aide has been suspended from the party over antisemitic social media posts.

Mohammed Shabbir, who represents Labour on Bradford Council, sent tweets which referred to a “Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza” and repeatedly used the term “Zio”.

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Thousands come together for Liora

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

Thousands of people around the world have responded to a Hendon family's plea to pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support.

At the time of writing, Liora Rosenberg, a former Hasmonean and JFS pupil, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering "a bleed to the brain" and pneumonia.

She was taken ill and admitted to hospital before Pesach.

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Actress's relief as group helps her come home

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

An actress who appeared in an iconic film about homelessness and was facing the same fate herself has been helped to find a new home by  Jewish charity.

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Jewish groups disappointed after Lord Dubs’s plan on child refugees is voted down by MPs

By Rosa Doherty, April 26, 2016

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees, rejected in a vote in the House of Commons.

The government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the bill, tabled in the House of Lords.

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