Anna Sheinman

Life-saving drive starts for bone marrow donor

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

A Harrow woman who set up a patient support group for the stem cell syndrome she suffers from is in desperate need of a donor for a bone marrow transplant.

Sharon Berger established the MDS UK Patient Support group after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing blood cells.

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The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has announced his resignation after being indicted for breach of trust.

In an statement he said: "Though I know I committed no crime ... I have decided to resign my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister," Reuters reported.

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Hamas holds rallies in West Bank

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Terrorist organisation Hamas has held its first rally in the West Bank in five years.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Nablus in the north of the territory on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.

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Israel is a better place to be born than Britain

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israel is a much better place to be born today than Britain, the Economist has reported.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the sister company to The Economist has produced a quality of life index that measures which country will “provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.”

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Avigdor Lieberman: ‘I do not have to resign’

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no need for him to resign over his indictment for breach of trust.

Most of the charges made against the foreign minister have been dropped by the attorney general. Mr Lieberman was accused of money laundering, fraud and breach of trust, in incidents alleged to have involved hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Governors at Clore Shalom face ‘noisy’ petition

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

A dispute over admissions at a Jewish primary school took a fresh turn this week with the launch of a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in the chairman and vice-chairman of governors.

Clore Shalom, a pluralist primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire was forced to change its entry criteria after the Office of Schools Adjudicator ruled its previous policy unlawful.

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Matisyahu: I rap, I rock, but religion is still in my soul

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

It has been a year of transition for the Jewish rap-reggae star, Matisyahu. Exactly 12 months ago, the performer who once rocked Rasta beats in peyot, tzitzit and a chest-length beard, shaved, took off his yarmulke and started making slick, mainstream-friendly pop.

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Pentonville prisoners lead exhibition on life of Anne Frank

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Prisoners guided fellow inmates and staff of Pentonville prison around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank last week, as part of a project that aims to challenge prejudice and racial hatred.

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The Eden declaration 70 years on, with the Wiener Library and the Guardian

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Seventy years ago this week, on December 17 1942, Sir Anthony Eden stood in Parliament and read a declaration in the name of the "United Nations" (which did not yet exist), denouncing the “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of Jews in German-occupied Europe.

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Abbas criticises Hamas leader for not recognising Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas has criticised Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for saying that the terrorist organisation would never recognise the state of Israel, a Turkish newspaper has reported.

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Happy Chanucah from Matisyahu

By Anna Sheinman, December 12, 2012

Formerly Chasidic Jewish rap/reggae star Matisyahu has released a single to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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HSBC fined £1.2bn over ‘Iran cash transfers’

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

HSBC is expected to pay £1.2bn to settle allegations that it allowed money to be moved to Iran and organisations with ‘terrorist’ links.

The anticipated $1.9bn settlement is higher than the $1.5bn US authorities warned it could take to settle the allegations made in a US Senate Homeland Security report in July this year.

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Chasidic counsellor guilty of sexual abuse of young girl

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

A Satmar counsellor has been found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl in a case that has caused outrage in his Brooklyn community.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, was found guilty on Monday of a three-year-long abuse of a girl, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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Last Jewish school in Wellington, NZ, closes

By Anna Sheinman, December 10, 2012

The last Jewish school in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, has closed.

Moriah College, a school for 5 to 13-year-olds held its final graduation on Friday, citing a lack of resources as the reason for closing. The school board said in August it had “no option” but to close the school, which had fewer than 20 pupils, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

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Abbas says he will go to ICC if Israel withholds cash

By Anna Sheinman, December 10, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that if Israel continues to withhold tax revenue, the Palestinian Authority may go to the International Criminal Court.

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Police roadshow for stolen property

By Anna Sheinman, December 7, 2012

Do you recognise these stolen goods?

These items and many others have been recovered by police and are thought to have been taken from properties in the NW2, NW11 and NW4 areas between January 2011 and July 2012.

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Anti-hate rally draws 10,000 in Hungary

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

Ten thousand Hungarians took to the streets of Budapest on Sunday to protest against far-right party Jobbik after one of its politicians caused national outrage by calling for a list of Jews to be drawn up.

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Brooklyn counsellor ‘forced sex acts on girl’

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

A prominent figure on the modesty committee of Brooklyn’s Chasidic Satmar community is standing trial accused of 88 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl, which included forcing her to watch and re-enact pornography.

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Peretz exits Labour to join Livni’s new party

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

The former leader of Israel’s Labour party Amir Peretz has left Labour and joined Tzipi Livni’s new centre-left Hatnuah party, just hours before the deadline for registering candidates for January’s elections.

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