Marcus Dysch

Outcry over Sainsbury’s removal of kosher produce

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2014

Sainsbury’s has claimed the removal of kosher food from the shelves of a central London store was a precaution against possible violence.

Customers complained after staff at the firm’s Holborn branch emptied a chill cabinet of kosher produce on Saturday afternoon.

It came shortly after anti-Israel activists attacked products in a branch of Tesco in Birmingham.

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Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival have settled their differences after an agreement was struck to end the theatre’s boycott.

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British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.

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From outraged to outrageous: protest spills over into hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central London as the backlash against Israel's military action in Gaza continued to be felt on the streets of Britain this week.

Protesters from groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War marched from BBC's New Broadcasting House to Hyde Park. Speakers included MPs Jeremy Corbyn, David Ward and Shabana Mahmood.

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'Naive' pro-PM letter dropped

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders scrapped a show of support for David Cameron's Israel policy amid fears they would fuel accusations that Jewish donors were influencing government policy.

A letter signed by around two dozen influential figures was due to be published in The Times on Monday.

Lord Kalms, Vivian Wineman, Leo Noe and other JLC members are believed to have been among the signatories.

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Arms ban if Hamas strikes

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

The government's decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza led to a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences under the legislation, favoured a wholesale ban on all arms to Israel.

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Communal leaders attacked over response to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders were barracked at an angry town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

Attendees attacked the speakers representing organisations including the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council over their failure to counter the growing movement against Israel.

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Lib Dems won’t discipline David Ward over Gaza rocket tweet

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will not take disciplinary action against an MP who said he would “probably” fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza.

Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted last month: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UK 'will suspend 12 arms export licences to Israel if war restarts'

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2014

The government has identified 12 arms export licences for equipment to Israel which it says it will suspend if the current ceasefire with Gaza collapses.

A review of licences conducted by the Business, Innovation and Skills department has concluded that the vast majority are not for items that could be used by the Israel Defence Force in operations in Gaza.

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Air-raid flashmob in Trafalgar Square

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2014
Israel supporters in Britain use a flashmob in Trafalgar Square to raise awareness of Hamas terrorist rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

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Baroness Warsi quits government over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2014

Baroness Warsi has become the first minister to quit the government over its policy on Gaza.

The Faith and Communities Minister, who also had a role as a Foreign Office minister, resigned on Tuesday morning.

She said: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister and tendered my resignation. I can no longer support government policy on Gaza.”

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A soldier's story: longing for home amid the carnage of the trenches

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Marcus Segal enlisted at 17, entering the London Regiment straight from school in September 1914.

Standing only 5ft 2in tall, he became a Second Lieutenant in the 16th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment a year later.

During his years of service he wrote more than 150 letters to his family, charting the tribulations of being Jewish on the frontline.

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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Pro-Israel MP Margot James says country’s action in Gaza is ‘disproportionate’

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under pressure to alter the government’s stance on Israel’s action in Gaza.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, a strong supporter of Israel who has visited the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, said she was aghast at the scale of Palestinian suffering.

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The British Jews who answered their country’s World War One call

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

When war broke out, Lawrence Bowman told his pupils at JFS that life must go on – it would be “business as usual”, explained the headmaster.

Like so many in Britain he expected the war on the continent would be over quickly and with minimum fuss.

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Miliband's year of empathy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

An international autism expert has shed light on his efforts to help Ed Miliband understand empathy.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen said he had been working with the Labour leader for more than a year.

In a keynote speech last week, Mr Miliband said empathy was one of the most under-rated virtues in politics.

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Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.

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Prescott condemned over Gaza 'concentration camp' description

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Lord Prescott's description of Gaza as a "concentration camp" has been condemned on all sides of the political spectrum.

The former Deputy Prime Minister also wrote in his Sunday Mirror column that it was impossible not to view Israel's actions in Gaza as war crimes and compared the Israelis to Nazis.

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Bank targets me over Gaza, says Muslim

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

HSBC's decision to close bank accounts belonging to a number of British-based Muslim groups and their leading figures has caused anger.

Among those affected are the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Ummah Welfare Trust, which raises funds for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

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