Marcus Dysch

Prepare to be wooed as polling day approaches

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

How do you know an election is on the way?

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Cameron attacks Miliband over Palestine statehood vote

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2014

David Cameron has reasserted his support for Israel, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind "the homeland of the Jewish people".

The Prime Minister described Israel as an "oasis of freedom" and the "symbol of success" as he addressed more than 700 people at a Westminster lunch.

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Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.

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Riba admits it got it wrong on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

Financial loss and the threat of rebuke from the Charity Commission were partly behind the decision of British architects to drop a proposed boycott of their Israeli counterparts.

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Riba u-turn over Israel boycott: 'We got it wrong'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

British architects have reversed their call for Israeli counterparts to be suspended from an international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) confirmed the u-turn today when its council adopted a new policy on international affairs.

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Minister rejects sanctions call

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

The government has dismissed calls for economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood said such a move would be a retrograde step and would not encourage Israel to return to the negotiating table.

Backbench MPs called for measures to be taken against Israel during a three-hour debate in Parliament on Monday

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'Vote Ed - he's a brave friend of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Middle East Minister has urged British Jews to support Ed Miliband.

Gareth Thomas defended the party’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza and said Labour leaders were committed to encouraging the two sides back to negotiations.

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Curious Kippers are unpalatable

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

When people discuss Ukip's "odd bedfellows" they are usually referring to the party's questionable partners in the European Parliament.

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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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Barclays bank branch forced to shut by anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Anti-Israel activists forced the temporary closure of a central London branch of Barclays bank on Saturday.

Protesters shut down the bank's Piccadilly branch, and entered other branches, displaying banners stating “stop arming Israel”.

Barclays is understood to have had investments in leading Israeli military firm Elbit which builds drones used by the IDF over Gaza.

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Leicester council to boycott Israeli settlement goods

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

One of Britain’s biggest local authorities has voted to boycott goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Councillors in Leicester condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank and said the boycott would stand “until Israel withdraws from Palestinian Occupied Territories”.

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FA charge Dave Whelan over claim that Jews chase money

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

The Football Association has charged Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan with breaching its rules on racism.

The charge follows Mr Whelan’s comments last week in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

After opening its investigation last week, the governing body received a submission from the club owner on Wednesday.

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Twitter: your case is so confidential, we can't discuss it

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Twitter has refused to talk to an MP about his experience of neo-Nazi cyber-hate despite him travelling to Dublin to speak to the social media company this week.

Labour MP John Mann said the internet giant's representatives would not discuss the abuse he had suffered.

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Stay alert as terror threat rises

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

The increased terror risk facing Britain may not include a specific threat to Jewish targets, but the community must be more alert than ever before, security experts have warned.

The Community Security Trust said it was aware of fears among British Jews that a series of attacks on Jewish communities abroad - including last week's synagogue murders in Jerusalem - could be replicated here.

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'Don't pay your fees'

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel are threatening to withhold funding for the Board of Deputies in response to its reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Around 800 people have signed an online petition calling on the Board to take "overt and vociferous" action to challenge antisemitism.

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So, Dave, some of your best friends are Jews? We wondered what they looked like. Here are the ones we found:

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Football boss Dave Whelan's claim that he has "loads of Jewish friends" has been rubbished by senior figures in the game and by members of the Jewish community.

The Wigan Athletic owner is being investigated by the Football Association following remarks in which he claimed Jews "chase money more than everybody else" and said "Jewish people love money".

After apologising, Mr Whelan said he wa

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MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.

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William Hague: Israel still listens to the UK

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Britain still holds sufficient global influence to play an effective role in the Middle East peace process, former Foreign Secretary William Hague believes.

But he warned that the continued growth of settlements was turning world opinion against Israel and would be to the country’s disadvantage.

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Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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