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Netanyahu announces fence for Syrian border

By Anna Sheinman, January 7, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will build a fence along its frontier with Syria, warning that extremist forces have taken over on the other side of the border.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr Netanyahu said that the Syrian regime was “unstable” and that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons was worrying for Israel.

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Police officer allegedly gave up gun when guarding Israeli Embassy

By Anna Sheinman, January 4, 2013

A police officer who was allegedly guarding the Israeli Embassy in London has been charged with giving up his firearm and his CS spray while working for the diplomatic protection group, the Daily Mail has reported.

PC Ricci Giff, 38, was charged with surrendering his gun and tear gas spray whilst working.

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Shul apologises to Cable for rabbi's remarks

By Anna Sheinman, January 4, 2013

A letter of apology has been sent to Business Secretary Vince Cable by Richmond Synagogue over “inappropriate” comments made by a prominent guest rabbi at a synagogue gala dinner which Dr Cable addressed.

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Israeli/Egypt border fence almost complete

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

The Israeli Defence Ministry announced the completion of the main section of the Israeli-Egpytian border fence on Wednesday.

The 230km fence is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants, terrorists and smugglers from entering Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border for a ceremony marking the completion of two and a half years' work.

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Torah, truths, rap and rock: it’s Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

Two and a half thousand people attended Limmud 2012, the annual festival of Jewish learning, debate and culture.

Last week, Warwick University hosted seven days of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, concerts, films and a whole lot of Israeli dancing.

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Israeli pilot and crew forced to eject at 300kph

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

An Israeli Air Force pilot and his navigator were forced to eject as their fighter jet touched down at 300kph due to a technical problem that could have caused the plane to crash.

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Aipac and Reform poles apart on US Israel policy

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Two major American Jewish organisations are at odds over how the US should react to the Palestinian UN upgrade.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) which defines itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”, has called for the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s offices in Washington following the UN vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority.

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Feiglin: pay Palestinian West Bank families to emigrate

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Right-wing Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin outlined a plan on Tuesday to pay families in the West Bank $500,000 each to emigrate.

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Amended Lieberman indictment describes 'grave acts'

By Anna Sheinman, December 28, 2012

The indictment against Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was revised this week to include stronger wording that may affect his political future.

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The top 10 participants’ comments at Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

The best thing about Limmud is not the presenters, or the sessions they give, it’s the questions the participants ask afterwards, what they say later on in the bar or let slip over breakfast. Here are my favourites so far:

1) Over breakfast: “Did you go to the rebbetzin’s disco?”

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Ten years’ jail for rape of two young brothers

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

A 23-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for repeatedly raping two young brothers.

Jeremy Roberts, 23, of Borehamwood, north London, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of rape over eight years on the two boys.

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Limmud on women rabbis’ woes

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

“The stained-glass ceiling has not yet been broken”, declared Baroness Julia Neuberger at a panel debate of women rabbis at Limmud on Sunday.

In what was supposed to be a celebration of 40 years of women rabbis, instead the four rabbis, speaking to an almost entirely female audience, agreed that, after 40 years, they were “still in the desert”.

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10 things that could only happen at Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, December 25, 2012

1. One 20-something girl goes up to a 20-something guy in the cafeteria: “Sorry to bother you, I think you lead me on tour?”

2. Matisyahu, a rabbi and an artist hold an in-depth conversation at 1am about God’s sphincter muscle and ask – is it different from ours?

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South African fraudster must pay £250k

By Anna Sheinman, December 21, 2012

A South African convicted of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs has been ordered to pay £249,999 or face 16 months in prison.

Lawrence Goldberg, 48, pleaded guilty last year to a tax scam worth £1.1 million and spent a year behind bars. The Crown Prosecution Service then proceeded to try to recover assets Goldberg claimed he did not have.

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Limmud is back with a bang for 2012

By Anna Sheinman, December 21, 2012

Four hundred and thirty-three presenters, 1,035 sessions, 42 kilograms of hummus — Limmud is back.

This weekend 2,500 people will descend on Warwick University for seven days of sessions ranging from a debate on Israel’s African asylum problem, to a late night game of Pirates v Ninjas.

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Tears flow at funeral of youngest child killed in Connecticut attack

By Anna Sheinman, December 20, 2012

Noah Pozner, the youngest child killed at the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last week, was the first to be buried at a ceremony on Monday.

At the funeral, conducted by Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel — of which the Pozner family are members — Noah’s mother, Veronique, said her six-year-old son was “light and love, mischief and pranks”.

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Bar Refaeli at Tel Aviv Fashion Week Number 2

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

Bar Refaeli made a star appearance at Tel Aviv’s second fashion week of the year, created after a rift formed between organisers of Israel Fashion Week.

The Israeli supermodel walked for the fashion chain Fox in tight fitting blue denim jeans and a black tshirt with the slogan “Basic is beautiful”. Ms Refaeli posted a picture of herself walking on image sharing website Instagram.

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Former IDF Chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak dies aged 68

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, a former chief of staff of the Israeli army and a leading member of Knesset, has died aged 68.

Mr Lipkin-Shahak joined the IDF in 1962, served in the Six Day War and succeeded Ehud Barak as the 15th Chief of the General Staff in 1995.

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Trailer: Parental Guidance

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

Parental Guidance, a new movie by Jewish director Adam Fickman will be released in the UK on December 26. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play grandparents left to look after the grandkids. The film follows the havoc that ensues when old-school parenting and new-age kids collide.

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UN expert on Palestinian territories removed from Human Rights Watch committee

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories has been removed from a local committee of Human Rights Watch.

Richard Falk, who is a professor of law at Princeton University, has been removed from the Santa Barbara committee of the non-governmental organisation and no longer appears on the committee list on the website.

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