Marcus Dysch

Israel must not alienate Western opinion, Philip Hammond tells Tories

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he wants to help secure a better future for Israel.

He told a packed Conservative Friends of Israel reception at the party conference in Birmingham that his party had been consistent in its support of the country during the Gaza conflict.

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May promises to eliminate neo-Nazi and Islamist extremism

By Marcus Dysch, September 30, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has outlined fresh plans to tackle radical extremists including neo-Nazis in Britain.

She said the government intended to disrupt the efforts of Islamists and extreme groups by restricting their use of internet sites including social networks and by banning hate preachers from speaking in public.

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Be optimistic about peace, Miliband tells Israel supporters

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged supporters of Israel to feel optimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

He said his party was "deeply, deeply committed" to helping Israelis and Palestinians secure a two-state solution and again called on the two sides to resume talks.

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Medical journal investigates claims over Gaza letters

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain’s leading medical journal has been reported to the industry’s ombudsman over its stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

The Lancet ran an open letter “for the people of Gaza” signed by 24 senior medics in July, condemning Israel’s military action.

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Stand on Israel was correct, says Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Anti-boycott campaigners were relieved this week after delegates at the Labour Party conference failed to move any motions against Israel.

There had been fears that anti-Israel measures could be adopted by party supporters gathering in Manchester.

Local Labour branches and trades union activists had submitted Israel-related motions for consideration at a policy forum ahead of the conference.

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Stop the carping, urges JLC leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Communal leaders will do more to support grassroots activists who tackle antisemitism and support Israel, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis has promised.

Writing in today's JC, Mr Davis praised the efforts of new groups and said the challenge facing British Jews "requires new leaders as well as old".

He said the JLC and its members would create a support network for activists and

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Web giants unite to fight online hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Internet giants Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have pledged to work harder to tackle online hatred after agreeing a deal with a leading antisemitism watchdog.

The companies endorsed a series of pledges on Monday following talks in California with the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.

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Welcome for Scots' no vote

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A leader of Scotland's Jewish community has broadly welcomed the vote against independence.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said Jews would "generally be relieved. We said before the vote that the majority of the community was going to vote for the status quo.

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Christians tuned in to a love of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A garden shed in Surbiton is not where you might expect to find a hotbed of fervent Zionism.

But it is here, behind a smart townhouse, that you find the British base of Revelation TV - an award-winning Christian channel watched by tens of thousands of supporters of Israel.

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MPs learn lessons of a summer of hatred

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain can learn substantial lessons from the way French and German authorities tackled antisemitism which stemmed from this summer's Gaza conflict.

That was the view of a delegation of MPs who travelled to Paris and Berlin to gather evidence on how officials attempted to combat Jew hatred following the sharp rise in attacks.

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Scientists claim shechita makes no difference to blood loss in slaughtered animals

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Scientists claim tests on halal and kosher meat have found no significant difference in blood loss when animals are killed after being stunned.

Under the shechita process animals are not stunned before slaughter, a practice animal rights campaigners oppose.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour stance on Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

Anti-boycott campaigners have expressed their relief after delegates at the Labour Party conference failed to move any motions against Israel.

There had been fears that anti-Israel measures could be adopted by party supporters gathering in Manchester.

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Shimon Peres goes job hunting

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014
Former Israel President Shimon Peres looks for a new job after leaving office, in this hilarious video released by the Peres Centre for Peace.

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Zionist Federation says pro-Israel adverts were rejected by Transport for London

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

The Zionist Federation has claimed an advertising campaign in support of Israel was rejected by a number of organisations following the Gaza conflict.

It said Transport for London had refused to run adverts comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including Islamic State on the London Underground because they were “too controversial”.

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Labour Party candidate suspended over anti-Israel tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2014

A Labour Party parliamentary candidate has been suspended over tweets suggesting Islamic State terrorists should attack Israel.

Vicki Kirby is due to stand in Woking at the general election.

According to the Sunday Times, her Twitter account was used to attack Israel, suggesting the country was “evil”.

One message claimed Hitler might be the “Zionist God”.

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Board of Deputies approves controversial Muslim Council of Britain statement

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2014

The controversial joint statement issued by the Board of Deputies and Muslim Council of Britain at the height of the Gaza conflict has received widespread support from members of the Jewish group.

Deputies at Sunday’s Board plenary meeting in central London voted by 124 to 40 in favour of a motion backing the decision of the group’s leaders to work with the Muslim organisation.

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Glasgow leader says Anglo-Jewry needs its own Scotland-style debate

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The referendum on Scottish independence shined a light on failures in British Jewry’s communal structure, a leading figure in Glasgow has claimed.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said the likely debate over constitutional changes in Britain should be mirrored by a period of reflection from within the Jewish community.

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Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto banned for three games over quenelle tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The Football Association has banned Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto after he posted messages on Twitter relating to the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

Assou-Ekotto had been charged with improper conduct in April and ordered to remove two tweets following Nicolas Anelka controversially performed the quenelle last year.

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Scottish Jewish leader says it’s business as usual after no vote on independence

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

A leader of Scotland’s Jewish community has said the result of the independence referendum will not have a huge impact on life for Jews in the country.

Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent against becoming an independent country in yesterday’s vote.

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Two cultural institutions with very different stories

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The amalgamation of JW3 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre marks the coming together of Anglo-Jewry's cultural newcomer and one of its longest-standing arts and education establishments.

The LJCC was born out of the Institute for the Study of Jewish History and Culture, set up by educators Robin and Nitza Spiro in the early 1980s.

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