Rosa Doherty

David Cameron pays tribute to Sir Martin Gilbert

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2015

Historian Sir Martin Gilbert was buried in Israel on Thursdays, with British Prime Minister David Cameron among those paying tribute.

British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould delivered a message on behalf of the Prime Minister.

He said: “Martin was a wonderful historian, a proud and faithful servant to his country, and a true friend of Israel.

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March of the developers still halted by Spiegelhalter

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

With its curry houses, fabric shops and ornate mosques it is known as the epicentre of Britain's thriving Asian community.

Most of us, however, continue to think of London's East End as the faded magnet for another immigrant population. Once home to schmutter markets and shuls, there is little evidence today that marks the contribution of Jews in London's bustling East End.

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Pearl's widow: 'my Anne Frank connection'

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

The widow of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Pakistan in 2002, has received a moral courage award from the Anne Frank Trust in London.

Mariane Pearl was presented with the award by broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky at the trust's lunch at the Park Lane Hilton, which raised £420,000.

Mrs Pearl - whose book about her husband's life was turne

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Ofcom clarifies ruling over Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Ofcom’s has clarified its decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.

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Historian Sir Martin Gilbert dies at 78

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Leading historian Sir Martin Gilbert has died of a heart condition which he had suffered since 2012.

He was 78.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of 80 studies on subjects including Israeli and Jewish history, was a member of the Iraq Inquiry panel.

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Centre studying antisemitism gets £1.4 million grant

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism has received a grant of £1.4 million that will fund its work for the next five years.

The funding from the Pears Foundation will pay for a social sciences lecturer, and extend teaching and research into antisemitism.

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Board anger as Ofcom rejects complaints against Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned Ofcom’s decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.

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Carl Djerassi, father of the pill, dies aged 91

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

Carl Djerassi, the Jewish chemist who developed the birth control pill, has died at the age of 91.

A professor at Stanford University, he was famous for heading a research team which developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

The pill revolutionised sexual practices and women’s lives.

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Rabbi: my struggle with mental health

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A leading rabbi has spoken of a daily battle against mental illness.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of Finchley Reform Synagogue, said: "I know myself what it is to be bundled into a police van handcuffed behind my back and driven for hours looking for a mental hospital to admit me.

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BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti

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Interfaith boost as Bradford Synagogue recruits Muslim

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2015

A synagogue in Bradford has co-opted a Muslim representative to sit on its ruling body.

It is believed to be the first time a Muslim has held such a role.

Jani Rashid has joined the council of Bradford Reform Synagogue and will help make decisions about the day-to-day running of the building.

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Auschwitz memorial service: Queen shares message to survivors

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2015

World leaders joined 300 Auschwitz survivors at the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

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Teenagers admit beating up Orthodox Jewish man

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2015

A gang of teenagers have pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault after they decided to go “Jew-bashing” during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

Balawal Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin, and a 16-year-old planned to target a member of the Orthodox Jewish population in Gateshead, a court heard.

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BBC avoids calling Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed that the corporation avoids using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the term “terrorist” was too “loaded” for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine.

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British woman launches petition urging Israel to honour Hyper Cacher hero Lassana Bathily

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

An online petition has been set up calling for the Muslim employee who hid Jewish customers during the Hyper Cacher attack to be honoured by Israel.

Lassana Bathily, 24, concealed Jewish customers in a cold-store when gunman Amedy Coulibaly attacked the kosher supermarket in Paris, killing four people.

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UK security boost goes unnoticed

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite unprecedented co-operation between the police and Jewish security groups, 58 per cent of British Jews said they had not noticed an increased police presence in their area.

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Scotland Yard reveals huge rise in antisemitic crime in London

By Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Hate crimes against Jews in London have more than doubled, according to the latest figures from Scotland Yard.

The statistics showed there were 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of December.

That represented a rise of 128 per cent on the same period in 2013, when there were 131 hate crimes.

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