Marcus Dysch

Jeremy Corbyn's staff say he is ‘reluctant to confront hate’

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2015

There is growing unrest within Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team over his approach to dealing with issues of concern to the Jewish community, the JC can reveal.

One well-placed source within his team said that the unwillingness to deal "head-on" with these issues had come from Mr Corbyn himself.

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Security operation in place for Netanyahu's UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2015

A major security operation is being planned ahead of the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to London next week.

It is feared Mr Netanyahu's trip could be beset by a series of large demonstrations as he meets counterpart David Cameron, senior politicians, diplomats and Jewish community leaders.

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Tory favourite in mayor race, Zac Goldsmith, sets out stall

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2015

One of the leading candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as the next mayor of London has said the capital's Jewish community provides the best possible example of integration.

Zac Goldsmith said he would want to send "overt and very clear" support to reassure London's Jews should he be elected to City Hall.

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Scottish MP Paul Monaghan apologises over antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2015

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A Scottish National Party MP has apologised for posting an antisemitic tweet relating to Israel’s military action in Gaza.

Paul Monaghan used the social media site to accuse the “proud Jewish race” of “persecuting the people of Gaza”.

After the JC questioned his remarks on Wednesday he deleted them from his account and apologised.

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Lord Janner trial date on historical child sex abuse charges set for February

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Lord Janner could face trial on a series of historical child sex abuse charges in 2016.

At an Old Bailey hearing this afternoon a judge scheduled the case for February next year.

But the elderly peer’s lawyers are expected to argue that he is not well enough to be questioned about the allegations at a “fitness to plead hearing” in December.

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Answer questions about links to antisemites, Board leader tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn publicly to reject Hamas and Hizbollah if he is to gain the trust of British Jews.

Mr Arkush said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the terrorist groups were one of the causes of the community’s concerns about the likelihood of him becoming leader.

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Lubavitcher Shneur Odze wants to be Ukip’s London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

A former Conservative councillor has said he wants to be Ukip’s candidate in next year’s London mayoral election.

Shneur Odze will run to be the party’s candidate for City Hall, and to be a London Assembly member when voters go to the polls in May 2016.

He stood for Ukip in last year’s European elections and was the only strictly Orthodox candidate in Nigel Farage’s party.

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Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn was a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.

Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami were convicted of conspiracy to cause the bombings of the embassy and Balfour House after both buildings were targeted by car bombs in 1994.

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Review: Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2015

John Mann is an unlikely candidate to lead the fight against antisemitism in Britain. A blunt-speaking Yorkshireman who sits on Labour's back benches, the Bassetlaw MP came to the cause a decade ago without any apparent prior qualification or motivation. He has subsequently become one of the country's foremost experts on the fight against Jew-hatred.

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Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

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High Court ruling expected on Leicester council’s Israeli settlement boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2015

The High Court is expected to rule next month on whether a judicial review will take place into a local council’s decision to boycott Israeli products from West Bank settlements.

Leicester City Council’s policy was challenged earlier this month by the Jewish Human Rights Watch group.

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80,000 sign petition, but Benjamin Netanyahu will not be arrested during UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

The government has defended its decision to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London next month and said that he will not be arrested when he arrives in this country.

Reiterating Britain’s position as a “close friend of Israel”, the government responded to a petition calling for Mr Netanyahu to be arrested “for war crimes”.

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UK must keep up pressure on Iran over terror links, warns Board of Deputies leader

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

Supporters of Israel have given a lukewarm response to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s comments on Iran’s relationship with Israel.

Reopening the British embassy in Tehran at the weekend, Mr Hammond suggested President Hassan Rouhani had a more “nuanced” approach to dealing with Israel than his predecessors.

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Jahjah? I've never heard of the man

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2015

Further doubts about Jeremy Corbyn's credibility as a potential Labour leader were raised after he was forced into an embarrassing u-turn over his links to a former Hizbollah fighter.

Mr Corbyn said in 2009 that he would lead a campaign against the Home Office's decision to ban Dyab Abou Jahjah from entering Britain.

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Jeremy Corbyn's friends re-examined

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2015

A week after the JC posed a series of questions to Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn about his association with Holocaust deniers and antisemites, the issue is now at the forefront of the campaign.

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Poll reveals 7 in 10 Jews fear Jeremy Corbyn leadership victory

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

Almost seven in 10 British Jews are concerned about the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour Party, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

The frontrunner’s views on Hamas and Hizbollah, and association with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, have also caused extreme worry — with over 80 per cent saying they are concerned about his positions.

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Former MP Lee Scott takes role Tamil ambassador

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

Former Conservative MP Lee Scott has said he is unlikely to stand for Parliament again after taking on a new post representing the Tamil community.

Mr Scott lost his Ilford North seat at May’s general election after a decade in the Commons.

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Why Jeremy Corbyn’s radical 'friend' Abou Jahjah blamed the JC for being banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

An extremist who claims he is a friend of Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn once blamed the JC for being banned from Britain.

Dyab Abou Jahjah, a former Hizbollah fighter and leader of a radical Muslim group, had addressed two meetings in London in March 2009 – one while sitting alongside Mr Corbyn in Parliament.

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Revealed: Jeremy Corbyn attended event hosted by Holocaust denier's group in 2013

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn attended an event run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen’s charity in 2013, despite his claim not to have had any contact with the group in recent years.

The Labour leadership frontrunner attended a Deir Yassin Remembered commemoration in St John’s Wood Church, north west London, in April 2013.

The group was founded by Mr Eisen.

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Anti-Israel activists attack JC for challenging Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2015

Dozens of prominent anti-Israel activists have signed an open letter attacking the JC for highlighting of Jeremy Corbyn’s links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

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