Marcus Dysch

David Cameron takes tough line over Israel boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

David Cameron has again moved to reassure British Jews of the government’s commitment to tackling antisemitism.

He said he understood concerns following the rise in antisemitic incidents which followed the Gaza conflict in the summer, and reiterated the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel.

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Tories at ease while Labour hide divisions

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

What a difference a week makes. The Conservative gathering in Birmingham had none of the underlying tension over Israel that was felt among Labour activists at their conference.

The Conservative Friends of Israel event with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was as packed as any fringe session to be found throughout the entire conference season.

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Call to urge MPs not to agree to Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel have been urged to lobby their MPs ahead of a significant parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood.

A group of pro-Palestinian MPs have secured a debate to call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.

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Tube ad ban raised with Boris

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Transport for London's refusal to accept a series of advertisements in support of Israel has been raised with Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The Zionist Federation said a £12,000 campaign planned for London Underground comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including IS had been shelved last week because TfL found the adverts "too controversial".

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Anti-shechita tests rejected by campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Campaigners have rejected scientific tests which claimed to undermine one of the key justifications for the religious slaughter of animals.

Shechita UK said the findings had "no meaningful impact on the debate" about the production of kosher meat.

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Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.

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Nick Griffin expelled from BNP

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been expelled from the party by its new chairman.

The party claimed he had harassed staff, made threats and brought the party into disrepute since being made honorary president in July.

Mr Griffin lost his seat as an MEP in May and had to make way for new leaders.

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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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A mix of friendships and fallings-out

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Judeo-Christian relations are going through a peculiar period.

Leading church denominations have found themselves at loggerheads with the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Yet regular church-goers are among the strongest advocates for the Jewish state.

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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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