Rosa Doherty

He ditched the band - for hip-hop in the Holy Land

By Rosa Doherty, July 16, 2015

Mike Skinner is best known as the frontman of hip-hop band The Streets, with five studio albums under his belt and a string of hit singles.

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Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.

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Bicom appoints former Nick Clegg adviser as chief executive

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

A leading Israel advocacy group has appointed Nick Clegg’s former head of communications to be its new chief executive.

James Sorene will lead Bicom after 15 years in senior positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department of Health.

Bicom chairman Edward Misrahi said he was “delighted” with Mr Sorene’s appointment.

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Police appeal for information after antisemitic graffiti daubed in Stamford Hill

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill, north London.

Officers were called at 10.35pm on Monday after the graffiti was daubed on a wall in Vartry Road, Tottenham.

The next day they were called to a nearby road following reports of a second, similar offence.

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Jewish peer organising rescue mission for Christians in Syria and Iraq

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2015

Lord Weidenfeld is funding a rescue mission of up to 2,000 Christian families from Syria and Iraq.

Weidenfeld's Safe Havens Fund flew 150 Syrian Christians who were fleeing Daesh (sometimes known as Isis) to Warsaw on Friday to seek refuge in Poland.

But the project has faced criticism over Lord Weidenfeld’s decision not to include Muslims in the rescue effort.

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Website marking 7/7 bombings to inspire debate on terrorist violence

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

The family of a Jewish woman who was killed in the July 7 bombings in 2005 are launching a website in her name. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by British Islamits that killed 52 people in London.

Miriam Hyman was killed in the Tavistock Square bus blast after she had been evacuated from King's Cross station and had called her father to say she was safe.

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Sasha puts her mind to Child Genius challenge

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

After watching Britain's brainiest children battle it out for Channel 4's Child Genius title last year, 12-year-old Sasha Gordon told her mum: "I think I could give that a go."

Now the Henrietta Barnett pupil is featuring in this year's competition, the first episode of which was broadcast on Tuesday.

Sasha was undeterred by the fact that many of last year's competitors were coached from bir

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Board sends message of support to French community after terror attack

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has expresses solidarity with the people of France following the terror attack in Lyon.

A man has been decapitated and others were injured at factory by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack happened at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon.

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Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.

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First painting from Gurlitt stash of Nazi-looted art auctioned for £1.9m

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

A painting stolen from a Jewish family has become the first work from Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection of looted art to be sold at auction.

Two Riders on a Beach by German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann fetched £1.9 million at a sale at Sotheby’s in London.

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Crystal-clear memories of Ireland

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

As a child I was dragged year after year on a two-week summer holiday to Ireland where it rained often. I bemoaned my parents for choosing our "cheap and boring holiday" while classmates jetted off to sunny climes.

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Jeweller strikes gold in Queen's Honours list

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

The head of a leading Jewish charity has been honoured for applying his philanthropic principles to business.

Mark Adelstone, chairman of the Manchester welfare charity The Fed, was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

As chairman of jewellery retailers Beaverbrooks, he has seen his compnay donate more than £9 million to charities.

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British teenagers fined and given suspended sentences for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2015

Two British teenagers have been fined and given suspended sentences in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were fined 1000 Zloty and given a one year probation, suspended for three years, for misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.

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Queen set for visit to Bergen Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2015

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Germany today as part of a four-day state visit which includes a trip to Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

It is her first visit to a former concentration camp site.

The royals will travel to the camp on Friday where the Queen will lay a wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who was one of the 70,000 people who died there.

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British teenagers arrested over stolen Auschwitz artefacts

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2015

Two British teenagers have been arrested in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, have been charged with misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.

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Wife of Israeli cabinet minister apologises over Obama joke

By Rosa Doherty, June 22, 2015

The wife of Israel’s interior minister has apologised after sending a “racist” tweet about President Barack Obama that she claims was a joke.

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes sparked outrage after she tweeted on her official account saying: "Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak."

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Don’t forget me: The last words of a mother whose cancer blog was followed by thousands

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2015

A mother of two young children who chronicled her fight against breast cancer in a heart-breaking blog died this week, shortly after writing what she knew was her last post.

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Charity is recognised for rescuing troubled teens

By Rosa Doherty, June 18, 2015

Hackney Council has honoured Charedi charity Kol Boniach for its commitment to helping at-risk teenagers over the past 16 years.

At a reception on Tuesday, the council's speaker, Sade Etti, said that "to witness Kol Boniach's work has been inspiring. They have helped over 430 teenagers, relocating them to new homes and ensuring they learn new skills."

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Son 'feels like a hero' after donating kidney

By Rosa Doherty, June 18, 2015

A kosher butcher is recovering well after a transplant operation in which he received a new kidney donated by his son.

Sixty-two-year-old Menachem Haziza, who is well known in the north-west London community as the owner of Menachem's Kosher Butcher and Deli in Golders Green, needed the life-saving operation when his diabetes suddenly worsened.

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Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan wins £30,000 National Portrait Gallery award

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery has awarded its prestigious BP Portrait Award to an Israeli artist for the first time.

Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan, 35, won the prize for his work Annabelle and Guy, a portrait of the artist’s friend and step-daughter who “can be seen contemplating their fate in the sunlight of Israel’s Jezreel Valley”, according to the NPG.

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