Rosa Doherty

Anger as Merkel fails to respond over Duggan

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The Board of Deputies has criticised the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for ignoring a letter requesting an independent investigation into the death of Jeremiah Duggan.

Mr Duggan was 22 when he was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.

The original police investigation concluded

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Israelfest draws Facebook hate

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are "shocked by the foul, antisemitic abuse" left on their Facebook page.

A post advertising the We Believe in Israel conference, which is due to take place in London on Sunday, has been the target for a "torrent" of hate, they said.

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We need to do more to help our isolated elderly

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

Since Vicky Minsky's husband died, she lives alone. With her eldest son more than 200 miles away, she can go weeks without seeing anyone, with only a television for company.

It is a familiar story.

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'I don't like begging for friends'

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

Mark kravetz, 88, from North Finchley, has lived by himself since he was widowed 20 years ago.

Health problems have meant he cannot get around as much as he used to, and he suffers feelings of loneliness as a result.

"I've always been a sociable guy. but my health got worse - I've got emphysema and I can't walk far - and now I feel very isolated," he said.

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After the tragedy, a new simchah for Hannah

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The batmitzvah girl whose simchah was called to an abrupt end after the shooting of a synagogue guard in Copenhagen last month has been given the chance to celebrate in peace.

Hannah Bentow and her family were holding a party at Denmark's central synagogue last month when Omar El-Hussein shot and killed volunteer security guard Dan Uzan, who was stationed at the entrance.

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White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.

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Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, dies aged 89

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, has died aged 89.

Mr Elias died peacefully in Basel, Switzerland, the Anne Frank Fonds Foundation announced on Tuesday.

As president of the charity he was a lifelong protector of his young diarist cousin and spent years giving lectures and interviews about the Holocaust.

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Facebook post advertising We Believe in Israel conference is target for 'torrent of abuse'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are “shocked by the foul antisemitic abuse” people were leaving on their Facebook page.

The We Believe in Israel conference is due to take place in central London on March 22 and a post advertising the event online has been inundated with users leaving a “torrent of abuse”.

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Netanyahu tells supporters Arabs are 'voting in droves'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his supporters that the country’s Arab citizens were voting “in droves" as the country's election campaign reached its closing stages.

He said he hoped right-wing Israelis would help him “close the gap.”

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Polls open as Israel prepares to elect new government

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Polling booths have opened across Israel as voters prepare to elect the country’s next government.

Voters will cast their ballot between 7am and 10pm in more than 10,300 polling stations.

The election of the 20th Knesset will decide whether current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to lead the country after six years in power.

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No Palestinian state if I am re-elected, says Netanyahu

By Rosa Doherty, March 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau has said a Palestinian state would not be created if he was re-elected this week.

In a stark contradiction of a 2009 speech in which he voiced support for a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu's comments have been described as a last-minute attempt to win voters from Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party.

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Camp Simcha to aid more sick children

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

Plans to expand the work of children's charity Camp Simcha were revealed at its 20th anniversary dinner on Sunday, which raised a record £1.7 million.

Addressing the 1,100 guests at Grosvenor House in London's West End, Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, said that in addition to working with children with life-threatening illness and their families, the charity would also now

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys star received death threats for supporting Israel

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

One of the leading actors in the hit BBC comedy Mrs Brown's Boys has said he received death threats after a video of him hosting an event at the Israeli embassy went viral.

Rory Cowan spoke at the embassy in Dublin on Israel independence day in May 2013.

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Islamic State video execution of ‘Israeli spy’

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

A video released by Islamic State (IS) appears to shows a child killing a teenager accused of being an “Israeli spy”.

The film, posted online by IS militants on Tuesday, apparently showed a young boy shooting dead Muhammad Musallam, a 19-year-old Israeli Arab from East Jerusalem.

The terror group accused Mr Musallam of falsely signing up as a jihadi to spy for Israel.

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Wingate fans and players face hate abuse because of club’s Jewish roots

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2015

Wingate & Finchley football club has said its players and supporters experience antisemitic abuse at least once a season, because of the team’s Jewish roots.

Director of the Ryman Premier Division side Paul Lerman said: “We have had incidences of verbal antisemitism, which is unfortunate.”

“We’re doing everything we can to stamp it out.

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Inquest into death of Jeremiah Duggan delayed until May

By Rosa Doherty, March 9, 2015

An inquest into the death of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has been delayed.

Jeremiah Duggan was 22 when was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.

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BBC defends Jeremy Bowen over Netanyahu tweet

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2015

The BBC has defended a tweet sent by Jeremy Bowen during Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Bowen tweeted after the Israeli prime minister mentioned Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who was present.

Mr Bowen wrote “once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card”.

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Stalker victims’s bill starts passage through Commons

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

A bill giving victims of crime enforceable rights was introduced in the House of Commons by Elfyn Llwyd MP with all Party Support.

The bill was drafted by stalking victim and founder of Voice4Victims Claire Waxman and Harry Fletcher criminal justice director at the Digital-Trust.

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