Marcus Dysch

Plan to grant Chief Rabbi freedom of Barnet

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is expected to be granted the freedom of the London borough of Barnet in recognition of his contribution to the community.

Councillors plan to recognise his “eminent services within the borough, nationally and internationally, to the enhancement of the Jewish community and the promotion of inter-faith understanding and community cohesion”.

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Boris Johnson ‘horrified’ by rise in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson said he reacted to the rise in antisemitism in the capital this summer with “horror and condemnation”.

He made the comments in response to questions from London Assembly members at City Hall on Wednesday.

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FW de Klerk warns Israel must find peace to avoid apartheid risk

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians should use the example of South Africa’s reconciliation to achieve a lasting peace, according to FW de Klerk.

The former South African president said that he did not believe Israel was an apartheid state, but warned that it ran the risk of becoming one if it squandered the opportunity to reach a peace deal as soon as possible.

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Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.

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Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.

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Grassroots groups to campaign against Qatar over Hamas links

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2014

A coalition of grassroots Israel advocacy groups are set to launch a campaign against Qatar’s role in backing Hamas.

Sussex Friends of Israel, the Pro-Israel Response Group and the Israel Forum Task Force will protest against Doha’s funding of the group.

Their campaign will get under way on September 21 with a rally outside the Qatari embassy in central London.

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Singer who's the voice of the grassroots

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

She is the singer-songwriter hoping to set the record straight on Israel by leading grassroots activists in a series of rallies to counter the boycotters.

Ilana Katz spent part of the summer performing in Nashville, Tennessee, but at the height of the Gaza conflict in July she decided more had to be done to put forward Israel's case.

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Board issues 2015 election manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

An election manifesto with a difference has been launched by the Board of Deputies.

Aimed at giving prospective MPs a better understanding of the Jewish community's interests, 2015 General Election: A Jewish Manifesto covers issues including Holocaust education, welfare concerns and cemetery maintenance.

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TUC urges Israel arms ban

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

The Trades Union Congress has called on the government to end arms sales to Israel, but stopped short of potentially more significant measures at its annual conference.

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Hammond rejects sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

Israel should not face economic or military sanctions following its campaign in Gaza, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

But Mr Hammond accepted that the UK government had risked its reputation in refusing to take a stronger line against Operation Protective Edge.

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David Cameron pledges to protect Jews from hatred

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2014

David Cameron has reaffirmed his determination to protect British Jews from rising antisemitism and hatred.

In a letter to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to mark the annual High Holy day Annual Conference of Rabbis, the Prime Minister said Britain would always be a safe home for Jewish people.

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Theresa May pledges to tackle shocking rise in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2014

The government is committed to tackling the rise of antisemitism in Britain and is working to support the Jewish community in combatting it, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

“It is truly shocking the extent to which we’ve seen antisemitism – verbal, physical, online – in recent weeks. This is not something that should be tolerated,” Mrs May said.

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Violent robber who fled to Israel is jailed

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

A man who fled to Israel after committing a violent robbery has been jailed after he was extradited back to Britain.

Adam Rubinstein skipped bail in 2010 after attacking a couple in their car. He travelled to Israel via Latvia and was eventually tracked down by Interpol.

The 29-year-old, formerly of Bushey, Hertfordshire, was sent back to Britain by a judge in Jerusalem.

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Blue-sky thinking aids Leeds revival

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

Leeds is buzzing. But not just in the regenerated centre, with its high-rise apartment blocks, swanky shopping malls and glass-fronted offices.

In the suburbs of LS17 - home to Alwoodley and Moortown - Britain's third largest Jewish community is enjoying a period of almost unprecedented rejuvenation.

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Fear of anti-Israel move

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

The Trades Union Congress may adopt emergency powers to condemn Israel at its annual conference.

TUC delegates will meet in Liverpool from Saturday. The conference final agenda does not contain any motions relating to Israel and the Palestinians as the height of the Gaza conflict came after the TUC's deadline for motions.

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The best weapon against hate? Reasoned debate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

Merely uttering the phrase "think tank" makes many people's eyes glaze over, prompting thoughts of policy wonks churning out weighty tomes on tackling global warming or handling inflation.

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Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP's claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.

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Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP’s claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.

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July breaks record for antisemitic hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

There were more antisemitic incidents in Britain in July than any other month since records began 20 years ago, the Community Security Trust has confirmed.

The final figures show that 302 incidents were recorded, a rise of more than 400 per cent on the same month last year.

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How a small band of activists took the lead

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

How did a small group of previously unknown activists arrange Britain’s biggest Jewish rally of the year in less than a fortnight?

That was the question being asked by demonstrators on the pavements outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday.

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