Anna Sheinman

Technion University's Chanucah machine

By Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

Four Technion students built a Rube Goldberg machine, which is a machine that performs a simple function in a highly complex manner, to light a Chanucah menorah. Watch and see how they pull off this Chanucah miracle.

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A US-led coalition against Syria could include Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

A military coalition led by the US, ready to intervene in case the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons against rebel forces, could include Israel, Maariv has reported.

The US is ready to take military action “within days” if chemical weapons are used, according to reports.

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Hague says EU trade sanctions against Israel not an option

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that European trade sanctions against Israel are not an option, Reuters has reported.

"I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union ... about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel. I don't believe there would be anywhere near a consensus nor is that our approach,” Mr Hague said.

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Alleged rape victim of Brooklyn counsellor had to ‘re-enact pornography’

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The alleged teenage rape victim of a Satmar Chasidic community leader in Brooklyn, New York, testified on Friday that she was forced to watch pornography and then re-enact the sex acts, the New York Daily News has reported.

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US urges Israel to reconsider settlement plan

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The US State Department has called Israeli plans to build further settlements in East Jerusalem “especially damaging”, and the White House has urged Israel to “reconsider”.

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Israel sought Jordanian permission to destroy chemical weapons sites in Syria

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

Israel has asked Jordan for permission to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites twice in the past two months, US magazine the Atlantic has reported.

Israel does not need Jordan’s permission to carry out such an attack, but it is reportedly concerned given that a number of potential targets are not far from Jordan’s border with Syria.

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Foreign Office to Taub: 'disappointed' at settlements development

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, was formally summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and told that the UK was “disappointed” by Israel’s decision to plan new homes in the settlements in the West Bank.

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Iranian woman ‘chopped in half’

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

A 57-year-old Iranian Jewish woman was murdered and her body reportedly cut in half in Isfahan, Israel Radio has reported.

The report stated that according to her relatives, the woman, named only as Tuba N, lived near a mosque, and its members "had demanded that she and her family leave their home so the mosque could be expanded."

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Israeli Labour party leader: we have ‘dream’ list for the election

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The Israeli Labour Party released its list of members running for the 19th Knesset on Friday morning following its party primary.

Labour leader Shelly Yacimovich expressed her delight at the outcome of the votes of 35,000 party members across Israel.

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The ally you never knew Israel had: Micronesia

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The inevitable has happened. The PA has been upgraded in the UN General Assembly with a huge majority vote.

Israel was against the motion, as was its eternal ally the US, and Canada presumably does as it’s told. The traditionally pro-Israel Czech Republic also said nay.

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FridaySaturdaySunday - a 3 faith sacred space

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

Architects Daniel Leon, Matthew Lloyd and Shahed Saleem have designed a space that is a mosque on Fridays, a synagogue on Saturdays and a church on Sundays. In this video they explain their design and ask: could such a structure ever be built?

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Hague: peace process would be more likely with assurances from PA

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the likelihood of a return to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would have been greater if the Palestinian Authority had given the reassurances Britain asked for ahead of Thursday UN General assembly vote.

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Security measures in place after horror attack at Paris school

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

A series of violent attacks on pupils at a Jewish Ort school in Paris have led to the organisation putting round-the-clock security measures in place at its five French schools.

Two attacks took place at the Daniel Mayer High School, run by the Jewish education charity, in the Paris suburb of Montreuil last week.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.

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Brooklyn counsellor accused of sexual assault on a minor

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A strictly-Orthodox Brooklyn counsellor is standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court charged with 88 counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, has been accused of forcing a girl of only 12 to perform oral sex on him when she was sent to him for counselling for being rebellious.

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Polish court sets stage for shechitah ban

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A Polish constitutional court has opened the door to a ban on religious slaughter methods in the country in a decision on Tuesday.

The ruling in a Warsaw court states that the current exemption for Jews and Muslims from stunning animals before they are killed, as kashrut laws require, is unconstitutional.

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Britain announces it will abstain on Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

William Hague has announced that Britain will abstain in tomorrow’s UN vote on an upgrade for the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer status - unless the Palestinians meet three key conditions.

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Hungarian community sues Jobbik politician

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

The Hungarian Jewish community is to initiate legal proceedings against a far-right politician who asked the country’s government to compile a list of Jews who “pose a national security risk”.

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PA will not refrain from taking Israel to ICC

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed calls to promise not prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court if the UN General Assembly votes to upgrade the body to non-member observer status on Thursday.

American diplomatic efforts to soften the wording of the Palestinian resolution and introduce a clause in which the PA promises not to sue for war crimes has not been successful.

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Synagogue fundraising drive for homelessness charity

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

New West End and St John's Wood synagogues organised a fundraising drive to collect food and put together hygiene kits for homelessness charity Streetlytes.

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