Rosa Doherty

Sniper who shot Israeli soldier turned himself in to Lebanese authorities

By Rosa Doherty, December 16, 2013

The sniper who shot dead an Israeli solider on Sunday night has turned himself in to the Lebanese authorities.

IDF and Lebanese army officials are due to meet today alongside UN representatives to discuss the attack.

The Israeli military said the incident happened on the border between the countries, near the crossing at Rosh Hanikra.

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Race to hold first same-sex wedding is on

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Liberal and Reform synagogues are lining up to hold the first same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony.

The government announced on Tuesday that, under new legislation, same-sex marriage services would take place in England and Wales from March 29, rather than from the summer as had been expected.

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The man whose sports images really grabbed

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Being blind in one eye might be regarded as a handicap for a photographer, but not for Monte Fresco.

Mr Fresco, who has died at the age of 77, was the doyen of Fleet Street sports photographers, covering seven football World Cups and taking some of the game’s most famous images

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What do badgers have to do with Kristallnacht? Ask this farmer

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

The government’s cull of badgers is an emotive issue that has divided opinion across the English countryside.

So emotive in fact that protagonists on either side of the cull divide seem unable to resist making comparisons with the Holocaust.

First it was rock guitarist Brian May, who provoked Jewish anger earlier this year when he referred to the cull as a “genocide”.

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Bond girl honoured by Berlin museum

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

A former Bond girl, who fled to Britain from the Nazis as a child, has been honoured by a German museum with an exhibition on her life.

Night Flight To Berlin, at the Pankow Museum in Berlin, tells the story of actress Nikki van der Zyl and her family, who left their home in the city in 1939.

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BBC to screen first-ever Israeli drama

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013

The BBC is to screen its first ever Israeli drama, it announced today.

The corporation said it had bought the crime series, Hostages from production company Armoza Formats.

The series, made up of 10 60-minute episode was previously shown on Israel’s Channel 10 and tells the story of a surgeon who is ordered to sabotage a routine operation on his country's leader .

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Chief Rabbi of South Africa's opening prayer at the Mandela memorial

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013
World leaders joined tens of thousands of people at the FNB Stadium to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. The Chief Rabbi of South Africa opened the prayer service.

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Israel, Jordan and Palestinians to build Red-Dead pipeline

By Rosa Doherty, December 9, 2013

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have unveiled plans to build a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

Officials from all the parties are due to sign an agreement today which will see the production of millions of cubic metres of drinking water for the arid region around the Dead Sea.

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Amy Winehouse’s heartache revealed in Valentine’s card

By Rosa Doherty, December 5, 2013

Amy Winehouse’s devotion to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been revealed in previously unseen love letters that are being put up for auction.

In one, a Valentine’s Card sent to Fielder-Civil while he was in prison after a conviction for assault, the singer writes he is “an ache in my guts. I belong to you. I always have”.

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Gary Barlow wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2013
Gary Barlow wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah [

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Rizzle Kicks wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2013
Rizzle Kicks wishing Sinai Pupils a happy Channucah

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Olly Murs wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2013
Olly Murs wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

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French forensics experts say Arafat was not poisoned

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2013

French scientists have ruled out the possibility Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned.

News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) tweeted the update on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that, in the opinion of the forensics experts, he died due to a “generalised infection”.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP that the French results were "not a surprise".

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Jessie J wishes Sinai School a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013
Jessie J was shown last week at Sinai School’s first Chanukah Assembly, where over 700 students participated in singing, dancing and lighting the menorah. More videos will be shown this week, which is part of a whole host of Chanukah activities including Arts and Crafts, Workshops and the school Choir Singing for the elderly.

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Bedouin resettlement plan sparks worldwide protests

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013

Thousands of people around the world have taken part in protests against Israeli government plans to force Bedouin Arabs to move from their scattered villages in the Negev desert to a number of designated towns and settlements.

The Prawer plan, expected to be passed into Israeli law by the end of the year, will authorise the demolition of 35 "unrecognised" Bedouin villages.

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Arctic Monkey's manager honoured for contribution to UK music industry

By Rosa Doherty, November 29, 2013

Music mogul Colin Lester has been given an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University for his services to the British music industry and to the city of Southampton.

Mr Lester , from Stanmore, has been a visiting fellow at the university for the last five years, and was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Southampton Guildhall .

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Acid attack girls frustrated over delay in bringing assailants to justice

By Rosa Doherty, November 29, 2013

The families of the two Jewish women targeted in an acid attack in Zanzibar say the UK government must apply more pressure on the Tanzanian authorities to bring their attackers to justice.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee’s parents said there was no “sense of urgency” from the Foreign Office.

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Norwich Chanucah party is rearranged

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2013

A venue in Norwich has rearranged a Chanucah party organised by a messianic “rabbi” after complaints from the Jewish community.

The event, hosted by Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, was due to take place in a public area of The Forum, a city-centre building which gets thousands of visitors.

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Historic haggadah found in Manchester sells for £210,000

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

An 18th-century haggadah, discovered in a cardboard box, has sold at auction for £210,000.

The Hebrew manuscript, dating from 1726, fetched £60,000 more than had been expected.

The buyer is an Austrian Jewish collector who wanted to remain anonymous.

Bill Forrest of Adam Partridge Auctioneers confirmed: “The buyer wanted his identity to be kept secret.

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Herzog replaces Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

Isaac Herzog has been elected new chairman of Israel's Labour Party with 58 per cent of the votes.

Mr Herzog replaces Shelly Yachimovich as the leader of the largest opposition party in the country.

Mrs Yachimovich has led the party since 2011.

He said: "We are embarking today on the real journey to change the face of the state."

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