Rosa Doherty

Tesco apologises after chocolate bar mix-up

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Tesco has apologised after staff placed non-kosher products in the kosher food section in one of its stores.

Customer Rina Sonenthal complained when she discovered the misplaced items in the Tesco branch in Finchley, north London, while shopping last Friday. The goods not carrying a hechsher included bars of chocolate, and packets of wafers and crackers.

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Veterans meet royals at VJ Day commemoration

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Jewish war veterans met the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the 70th anniversary of VJ Day commemoration in Whitehall at the weekend.

Attending with his wife and son was 93-year-old Jack Freedman, from Sutton, who served in the navy.

"There weren't many Jewish soldiers there because it was on Saturday but I think Go'd will let me off for being there," he said.

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Fringe won’t act over musician’s quenelle gesture

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2015

An artist performing at the Edinburgh Fringe festival has been criticised for performing a quenelle salute outside Edinburgh Castle.

Alison Chabloz, whose solo acoustic show at the festival is called Autumn’s Here, has posted pictures of the inverted Nazi salute in response to Israel supporters.

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Family distraught after four-year-old drowns in holiday pool

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2015

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Spain.

The child is believed to be a member of a strictly Orthodox family from Golders Green, north west London.

Refoel Berkovits fell into the pool at a holiday villa the family were renting in Costa del Sol.

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Gerald Ratner criticises ambulance service after daughter left 'lying in the road' after accident

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2015

Businessman Gerald Ratner has criticised London’s ambulance service after his daughter was left in agony for two hours when she was impaled in a bike crash.

Sarah Ratner had to wait two hours for help when she was impaled by the handlebars of her own bicycle in central London, following a collision with another cyclist.

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Four-year old boy drowns in swimming pool

By Rosa Doherty, August 17, 2015

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Spain.

The child is believed to be a member of a strictly Orthodox family called Berkovitz, from Golders Green, north west London.

He is understood to have fallen into the pool at a holiday villa the family were renting.

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Jewish school daubed with swastika

By Rosa Doherty, August 17, 2015

A Jewish school in east London has been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours.

Shomrim, the volunteer security group in Stamford, announced via Twitter that graffiti of a swastika with the words “Yids” and “s**t” had been painted across the gate of a school in Woodberry Down, Hackney.

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VJ Day anniversary: "In the jungle they called me the White Muslim"

By Rosa Doherty, August 12, 2015

Retired Solicitor Mordaunt Cohen will not be taking part in the weekend's VJ Day memorial services as it falls on Shabbat.

All his life, his Jewish identity has been important to him - which is why he decided, in 1940, to enlist via the Judean division of the St John Ambulance near his Sunderland home.

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Shomrim rejects police chief's claims over cars and uniforms

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The security group Shomrim has rejected the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's view that its volunteers should not drive marked cars or wear uniforms similar to those of the police.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said earlier this month that he would prefer it if Shomrim guards did not resemble his officers.

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Genius end to series

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

Finishing as runner-up in Channel 4's Child Genius contest was not a disappointment for Henrietta Barnett pupil Sasha Gordon, who had not expected to make it beyond the first round, "let alone be in the final two".

Sasha, 12, was "really proud I kept going.

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BBC defends Panorama documentary on trainline running through Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The BBC has rejected claims its Panorama documentary on the trainline running through Jerusalem was “biased and misleading” against Israel.

The corporation said that it received 24 complaints after The Train that Divided Jerusalem was aired on BBC1 on July 20.

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Strictly Orthodox turn out in force for police safety day

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2015

Children were locked in handcuffs and sirens blared as they were ushered into squad cars by uniformed police – and all in the name of strengthening ties between the police and London’s strictly Orthodox Jews.

Thousands turned out for a special “community safety day” on Monday, organised by the volunteer security group Shomrim, and attended by senior officers from Scotland Yard.

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Holocaust denier David Irving speaks at secret London neo-Nazi meeting

By Rosa Doherty, July 27, 2015

Holocaust denier David Irving was the guest speaker at a secret meeting in London where he is said to have addressed fascist sympathisers and neo-Nazis.

At the session at the Rembrandt Hotel in central London, Irving gave a speech titled: "Saturation Bombing in World War II – who is to blame?"

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Sir Eric Pickles to lead MPs’ delegation to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel has announced that its chairman Sir Eric Pickles will lead on a delegation of MPs to Israel.

The former cabinet minister will lead CFI’s new team of parliamentary officers on the high-profile trip next week.

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Around 1,600 sign petition to protect Israel youth lacrosse team at Scottish tournament

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Almost 1600 people have signed a petition calling on Edinburgh to guarantee the safety of teenage girls representing Israel at an international lacrosse tournament.

Edinburgh Friends of Israel launched the online petition following threats from the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign to disrupt the team’s appearances.

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Confessional couples promise to be good

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

It is not often that a hustings can seriously be described as "the hottest ticket in town", but Monday's event with the four Labour leadership contenders certainly attracted the crowds.

The 270-seat hall at JW3 was filled to capacity, and other rooms had to be made available to accommodate the ticketless who turned up and followed proceedings on a video link.

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Dating sites inspired brothers' care database

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Two brothers have launched an online platform to help families find personal care for elderly relatives and ensure carers earn the living wage.

SuperCarers, designed by Daniel and Adam Pike, allows families to access a database of carers online and find the right match for their loved one's needs.

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The Charedim have found their voice - and it's a young one

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Stamford Hill is bustling with Shabbat preparations. Levi Shapiro is talking into his mobile phone and pacing across his driveway.

In hushed tones he is talking to the assistant chief constable of Canterbury police. Thousands of Charedi families are preparing to descend on the Kent city for their summer holidays.

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Ambassador David Quarrey unveils water research projects for UK and Israeli scientists

By Rosa Doherty, July 22, 2015

Britain’s new ambassador to Israel has unveiled schemes to help improve water quality and supplies in the Middle East.

David Quarrey announced three projects under a British Council pilot programme during a visit to Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, on Wednesday.

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Jeremy Corbyn clarifies Balfour Declaration remark after hustings confusion

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2015

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has ended confusion over remarks he made during a hustings event with the Jewish community.

He appeared alongside fellow MPs Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall at the JW3 community centre in north-west London on Monday at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and the JC.

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