Rosa Doherty

Multi-billion European funders consider divesting from Israel

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2014

European investors worth a combined $490 billion are reviewing their holdings in Israeli banks over concerns they are being used to fund Israeli settlements.

Pension funds ABP and KLP and fund houses Nordea Investment and DNB have requested more information from the banks about their involvement in financing settlements.

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Jewish leaders condemn Unesco decision to cancel Israel exhibition

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Jewish groups have condemned a decision by Unesco - the cultural arm of the United Nations - to cancel an exhibition about Israel following pressure from Arab states.

“The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel” was due to open at Unesco's Paris headquarters on Jaunary 20.

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Irish Museum expansion to go ahead

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

The Irish Jewish museum, in Dublin is to go ahead with its £9 million expansion after an appeal against the plan failed.

An Bord Pleanala, the Irish body responsible for ruling in planning disputes, upheld the museum’s original planning permission, rejecting objections from residents who were concerned about its effect on the local neighbourhood.

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Liverpool council rejects anti-Israel motion

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Liverpool council has thrown out a motion that condemned Israel for “human rights violations”.

Councillors voted 74 to two against the proposal , put forward by two members of the Green Party.

Labour councillor Jeremy Wolfson said: “The motion only had the support of the two Green councillors. Apart from them it was overwhelmingly rejected by all other parties.”

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Shia LaBeouf in London pub brawl

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

A video has emerged, showing Jewish film star Shia LaBeouf, hitting a man in a bar in South London.

The 27 year old actor was involved in a brawl with a drinker at the Hobgoblin pub in New Cross, over remarks a bout the mother of the the actor's girlfriend.

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How our advertising business coped when Tesco checked out

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Advertisers have to be prepared change or face closure, says a man who should know.

Matt Davis’s advertising agency The Red Brick Road, once relied on Tesco for the bulk of the business.

But when the supermarket giant went elsewhere, he was forced to swiftly change course to stay afloat.

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Iron Dome intercepts rockets fired at Ashkelon

By Rosa Doherty, January 16, 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down five rockets fired at Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip.

The round of rocket fire was launched at Ashkelon, home to 125,000 residents, last night just before 2am.

Warning sirens were triggered but no injuries or damage was reported.

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Callous thief tries to steal Freud’s ashes

By Rosa Doherty, January 15, 2014

Police did not have to order a psychologist’s report to know the mindset of the thief who attempted to steal the urn containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife.

“Callous and despicable” was the assessment of the burglar who broke into the crematorium in Hoop Lane Golders Green, on New Year’s eve, and removed the urn from the chapel where it was on display.

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Start-up transforming online retail

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

Two north-west London-based Jewish entrepreneurs are turning to Israeli technology to develop their online fashion company.

Joel Freeman and Daniel Murray, both 28, launched Grabble, a hybrid fashion and social media platform, in April 2013.

Users are invited to “grab” items of their choice into the increasingly popular website server and compare prices of the product.

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Blair and Biden attend Sharon service

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

A state and military funeral, reflecting the two parts of his career, will take place today for former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday aged 85.

Mr Sharon will be buried in a military ceremony, on his farm, Sycamore Ranch, near Sderot in southern Israel.

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Documentary to be made about Csanad Szegedi

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2014

A UK-based production company is to make a documentary about Csanad Szegedi, the Hungarian politician who stood down from the antisemitic Jobbik party after he discovered he was Jewish.

Mr Szegedi, a member of the European Parliament, was asked to leave the party when he revealed that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor

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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5

By Rosa Doherty, January 8, 2014

Media tycoon Richard Desmond is considering selling Channel 5, for several times his original investment.

Mr Desmond bought the broadcaster for £103.5 million in 2010 and, according to reports, is hoping the channel will now fetch £700 million.

The media tycoon, who also owns the Express and Star newspapers, has appointed Barclays to handle the sale.

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Rolling Stones in talks over debut Israel gig

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2014

The Rolling Stones are negotiating plans to play their first-ever concert in Israel.

According to reports, the band has been offered £4.5 million by promoters Marcel Avraham and Gad Oronto to play an open-air concert at Park Hayarkon in June .

It is the most ever offered to a music act to appear in the country

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Creating a special day at Southampton shul

By Rosa Doherty, January 6, 2014

Southampton Hebrew Congregation held its first barmitzvah in over a decade.

Winchester-based Jon and Sharon Rachman had to create Sam’s barmitzvah from scratch because the Jewish community in their area is so small.

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Israel makes arrests over Tel Aviv bus bomb attack

By Rosa Doherty, January 3, 2014

Israeli security forces have arrested 13 Palestinians and an Israeli Bedouin, believed to be behind the bombing of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, on December 22.

After gag order was lifted yesterday, it emerged that among those arrested was the man accused of planting the bomb, 20-year-old Palestinian Sami Harimi.

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JC Video Diary: Getting in the groove at Limmud 2013

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

The JC team's video highlights from an action-packed and music-filled Limmud 2013.

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Rabbi sued for ‘chopping off penis’

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is accused of chopping off a newborn baby’s penis during a routine circumcision in April 2013.

A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of the baby, who are only identified by their initials, alleges the rabbi acted “with a total disregard” for the child.

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France mulls ban on Dieudonne after Anelka Nazi-style salute

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said he is considering banning the comedian Dieudonné's shows in January over concerns for public safety.

The announcement came following a Premier League football match on Saturday at which footballer Nicolas Anelka, a friend of Dieudonne, gave a Nazi-style salute said to have been popularised by the comedian.

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Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.

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