Anna Sheinman

Obama will speak to students - not Knesset

By Anna Sheinman, March 11, 2013

On his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama will speak to thousands of Israeli and Arab students rather than giving a speech to the Knesset, in order to reach out to the younger generation.

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Meet a true comedy master (and it's not who you think)

By Anna Sheinman, March 8, 2013

I have only just turned on my Dictaphone and Dan Patterson is already at it. The creator of TV comedy behemoth Mock The Week fires off the first of a series of snappy one-liners more than worthy of any of the comedians on his show. Sadly, it is not printable, but suffice to say I now feel very differently about my Dictaphone.

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Obama will not visit Israel if coalition talks unsuccessful

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US President Barack Obama will cancel his visit to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government by March 16, Israel’s Channel 10 has reported.

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Price tag attack staged by Palestinians say police

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

Israeli police announced on Thursday that an alleged settler “price tag” attack in the Arab village of Kusra in the West Bank last week was in fact staged by Palestinians.

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Apology ordered for Irish TV host who called Israel ‘cancer’

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

Irish TV channel TV3 has been ordered to apologise live on air after its presenter Vincent Browne called Israel a “cancer”.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has upheld a complaint against the well - known TV host of Tonight With Vincent Browne, who said on an October show that Israel was "the cancer in foreign affairs.”

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Kerry to meet Turkish PM about anti-Zionist statement

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to raise concerns directly with the Turkish Prime Minister for saying that Zionism is a “crime against humanity” on par with antisemitism and fascism, Reuters has reported.

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The Ovitzes: The family of dwarfs who survived Auschwitz

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

An Israeli husband-and-wife team’s extraordinary story of a family of seven dwarfs who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the “Doctor of Death”, Joseph Mengele, will be brought to life at Jewish Book Week on Sunday.

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Hitler runs in India election

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

Eighty years after the Nazi party came to power, Adolf Hitler is once again running for election, but this time in India.

Adolf Lu Hitler, a 54-year-old father-of-three, was one of 343 candidates on the ballot paper in last Saturday’s assembly elections in the tiny north-east Indian state of Meghalaya.

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Jewish identity: This is what we feel now

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

We asked you what being Jewish means to you and you answered in your hundreds, with your words, pictures and even your glitter pens.

You told us about your fondness for gefilte fish, your meditations on Torah and your fervent love of Spurs, and over 100 Year Five and Six children, the future of Jewish identity in this country, created artworks, illustrating what being Jewish means to them.

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Deech and Van Bueren made honorary QCs

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

Baroness Deech and Geraldine Van Bueren are two of the eight lawyers who have today been named honorary QCs.

The title Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa is given to lawyers: “who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.”

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East Jerusalem EU consul recommends settlements divestment

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

European Union officials based in East Jerusalem and Ramallah have recommended that the EU limit trade with settlements and block investment in them.

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Seth MacFarlane under fire after Ted sketch at Oscars

By Anna Sheinman, February 26, 2013

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane has been strongly criticised by US Jewish groups after an “offensive” sketch created by the screenwriter was performed at the awards.

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Unrest in West Bank fans fears of third intifada

By Anna Sheinman, February 25, 2013

Another day of unrest is expected in the West Bank today after a weekend of riots and prison protests in response to the death of a Palestinian prisoner.

Israeli officials said that Arafat Shalish Shahin Jaradat’s death in jail on Saturday came after a heart attack, but Palestinian Authority officials claimed that it was the result of torture.

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Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge head teacher stands down

By Anna Sheinman, February 22, 2013

Just three months after the resignation of the chair of the Parent Council of Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge, the head teacher of Scotland’s only Jewish school has also handed in her notice.

The announcement that Vanessa Thomson is leaving comes soon after the conclusion of a prolonged and heated disagreement over the denominational status of the school.

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Amazon cuts links to ‘neo-Nazi’ German security staff

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Online retailer Amazon has severed all ties with German security firm HESS following allegations that the protection company has neo-Nazi links and that some of its black-clad, shaven headed employees were intimidating the website’s seasonal workers.

A documentary on German TV channel ARD alleged that HESS guards were mistreating Amazon’s foreign temporary employees at their hostels.

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Exeter shul in £120k fundraising drive

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Exeter Synagogue, the third oldest synagogue in the UK, has launched a £125,000 fundraising drive to restore its crumbling building ahead of its 250th anniversary celebrations this summer.

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Birmingham terrorists found guilty

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, have been found guilty of planning a huge terrorist attack in the UK, during which they discussed the possibility of charging into a synagogue with guns if they could not create a bomb.

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Exodus to the UK as French Jews escape antisemitism

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

The number of French Jews crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the UK has surged as figures published this week revealed a 58 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in France in 2012.

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Hizbollah member in Cyprus staked out Israelis

By Anna Sheinman, February 20, 2013

A man on trial in Cyprus has admitted to being a member of Hizbollah but denied that he had taken part in a plot to target Israeli tourists, the New York Times has reported.

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Pope candidate accused of holding antisemitic views

By Anna Sheinman, February 19, 2013

Harvard academic Alan Dershowitz has accused a leading candidate to be the next pope of holding antisemitic views.

In the letter written to the Miami Herald, the law professor accused Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the possible replacements for Pope Benedict XVI, of propagating conspiracy theories about Jews.

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