Marcus Dysch

Neo-Nazi gave out internet abuse tips in campaign against Luciana Berger

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

A neo-Nazi website based in the US is behind a co-ordinated campaign of antisemitic abuse targeting Britain's youngest Jewish MP, the JC can reveal.

The site provides a user guide to harassing Luciana Berger and has created offensive images to be shared by internet trolls and sent to her via social media sites.

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Lib Dems won't act over 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: "After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition."

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This war is complex, long and maybe unwinnable

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

The rapid growth in online hatred poses a vast challenge to police, legislators and internet companies. The emergence of sites including Twitter and Facebook has provided trolls and racists with direct lines of communication to their targets.

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Lib Dems will not take action over David Ward's 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: “After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition.”

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Luciana Berger targeted by antisemites after jailing of abusive internet troll

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014

The jailing of an internet troll who sent antisemitic messages to MP Luciana Berger has sparked a wave of copycat abuse targeting the Labour shadow cabinet member.

Merseysider Garron Helm was handed a four-week prison term on Monday after admitting sending an “obscene” Hitler-related tweet to Ms Berger.

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Anti-Israel activist chosen as Tory candidate in Rochester

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014

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The candidate selected to stand for the Conservative Party in an upcoming by-election in Kent is an anti-Israel activist at odds with the party’s stance on boycotts.

Kelly Tolhurst won an open primary to fight in Rochester and Strood next month.

A local businesswoman and councillor, Ms Tolhurst is known as a vocal anti-Israel campaigner in the area.

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Ukip defends link to extremist Polish party

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Ukip has defended its European Parliament alliance with a member of a party whose leader questions the Holocaust and makes racist slurs.

The British party admitted Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz was an "odd bedfellow" following his recruitment this week, but said it was necessary to work with him.

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MP attacks supporters as 'virtually invisible'

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A fundamental revolution in pro-Israel campaigning is required following the parliamentary vote to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

That is the view of Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who challenged the Jewish community to take a radical look at how it co-ordinates support for Israel.

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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Poll shows no mass hostility after Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Public opinion is evenly balanced on Israel and the Palestinians in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, new polling has revealed.

One in five Britons describe their feeling toward Israel as "warm", a slight increase on the last figure in 2011.

But 62 per cent feel "cold" towards the state - almost the same amount as feel "cold" towards the Palestinians.

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Teen chosen to join Shoah panel

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has selected a teenager from Lancashire to join David Cameron's commission on Shoah education.

Charlotte Cohen, 17, was one of a six-strong panel of youth ambassadors chosen earlier this month to work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.

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Government figures show rise in hate crimes

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

The government is determined to reverse the growing number of hate crimes, a minister has pledged.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said steps were being taken after figures showed a five per cent increase in racist offences.

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Security Minister hears Jewish community concerns

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2014

A delegation of Jewish leaders has met Security Minister James Brokenshire to discuss threats to the community.

The Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust met Mr Brokenshire in Parliament on Wednesday.

They talked about the threat posed by extremism and concerns over the return of British jihadis from Iraq and Syria.

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Jewish UKIP members defend link with extremist

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2014

Leading Jewish Ukip members have defended the party’s defence of its alliance with an MEP whose party leader makes racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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Elie Wiesel chooses teenager to join David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2014

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has selected a teenager from Lancashire to join David Cameron’s commission on Shoah education.

Charlotte Cohen, 17, was one of a six-strong panel of youth ambassadors chosen earlier this month to work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.

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Shabbat UK video competition

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014
Shabbat UK and educational resource group Jewish Interactive have launched a competition to promote Shabbat UK.

Entrants are asked to submit videos about Shabbat UK and the best video will win a tablet computer.

Maureen Lipman, Vanessa Feltz, and Ivan Lewis MP are among those to already make clips.

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Ex-Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan launches stinging attack on ‘extremist’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

Former International Development Minister Alan Duncan has launched a blistering attack on the Israeli government’s settler policy, comparing it to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands and Saddam Hussein’s claim to Kuwait.

The situation in Hebron in the West Bank was akin to apartheid and supporters of settlements were “extremists”, he said.

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London march postponed

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

A Jewish solidarity march due to take place in London has been postponed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had called on grassroots supporters to walk through the capital wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols on Sunday.

But the event will now not take place, with organisers blaming insurance costs, liability issues and the need for permits.

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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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Labour confusion over Parliament's Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

MPs are preparing to vote on Palestinian statehood following a series of rows which have divided Labour’s shadow cabinet and threatened Israel's relationship with Britain's Jewish communal leaders.

The backbench debate on recognising Palestine alongside Israel will take place later this afternoon, with a vote expected to follow this evening.

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