Marcus Dysch

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.

Described by one insider as a "game-changing" development, the agreement wil

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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.

Not many within the Jewish community tune in to its range of shows, including one called Stand Up For Jesus.

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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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Rough ride expected by friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The party conference season gets under way in Manchester this weekend with Labour supporters the first to gather.

While there is anticipation in Jewish and pro-Israel political circles that the fringe scene will be dominated by the repercussions of the Gaza conflict, the inevitable fall-out from the Scottish independence referendum will take the spotlight away from overseas affairs.

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Leaders' Shanah Tovah

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

Britain's political leaders have extolled the virtues of the Jewish community in their annual Rosh Hashanah greetings.

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Scottish Israel support group set up

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

An action group has been formed for grassroots activists in Scotland who want to support Israel.

Scottish Israel will work as an umbrella organisation to help sub-committees deal with media relations, lobbying, rallies and educational events.

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Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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