Marcus Dysch

Rivlin thanks Tory MPs for Cameron's bid to crackdown on extremism

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked David Cameron for his stance on tackling Islamist extremism.

Mr Rivlin told a delegation of British MPs at a meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday that terrorism was a common problem facing both countries.

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Paris attack fuelled increase in reporting of hate crimes in UK, says CST

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2015

Concerns raised by high-profile terror attacks on Jews in Europe have led to increased reporting of antisemitic incidents in Britain, the Community Security Trust has said.

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Amnesty claims Rafah bombardment to save IDF soldier was ‘war crime’

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2015

Israel committed war crimes with the “relentless and massive bombardment” of residential areas of Gaza that followed the capture of an Israeli soldier a year ago, a new Amnesty International report has claimed.

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Cage wins judicial review of Charity Commission donation ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2015

The Charity Commission faces a judicial review of its decision to ask two charities not to fund a group linked to Daesh terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The Commission had asked the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) and the Roddick Foundation never to fund Cage again after details of its connections with Emwazi came to light when he was uncovered as “Jihadi John”.

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David Cameron: We can’t fight the Islamist threat until we’ve tackled Jew-hate

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

● PM condemns conspiracy theories
● Attacks double-standards on Israel
● Says Paris terror was tipping point

David Cameron’s pledge to tackle antisemitism as a vital first stage of the government’s strategy to defeat Islamist extremism has been welcomed by Jewish organisations.

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Boris Johnson to go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

New details have emerged about Mayor of London Boris Johnson's planned trip to Israel later this year.

Mr Johnson will travel to Jerusalem to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, government officials, and business and technology experts.

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Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.

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Labour leadership candidates clash at Jewish community hustings

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

The Labour leadership candidates have outlined their positions on Israel in a packed hustings with the Jewish community.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall appeared at the JW3 community centre at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel and the JC.

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David Cameron expected to combat antisemitic conspiracy theories in speech tackling extremism

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

David Cameron is expected to tackle Muslim conspiracy theorists who peddle antisemitic tropes in a major speech on extremism.

Speaking on Monday, the Prime Minister will outline a five-year plan to combat Islamists.

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Zionist Federation appoints Arieh Miller to be new director

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

The Zionist Federation has appointed 27-year-old Arieh Miller as its new director.

He will replace outgoing leader Alan Aziz.

Mr Miller currently works at the Israeli embassy in London where he is head of the Jewish community relations and digital media departments.

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David Cameron tells Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub: 'You will be missed'

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

David Cameron has written to outgoing Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub to thank him for his diplomatic work during four years in Britain.

The Prime Minister said Mr Taub had played a “crucial role” in improving ties between the countries.

In a hand-written note at the end of the letter, Mr Cameron thanked the ambassador for “the many kind things you have said about me”.

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Jerry Springer thanks World Jewish Relief for family records

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

American television host Jerry Springer has visited Britain to support the work of World Jewish Relief.

The charity rescued Mr Springer’s parents and brought them to this country from Nazi Germany a month before the outbreak of war in 1939.

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Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.

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Pro-chicken activists face court slog against kapporot ritual ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

"Dead chickens, half-dead chickens, chicken blood, chicken feathers, chicken urine, chicken faeces, other toxins and garbage consume the public streets," the court papers stated.

Even by the standards of the New York legal scene, the attempt to ban the traditional Jewish practice of kapporot is particularly unusual.

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Exclusive: We reveal the secret identity of the CST's former director of security

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

In a small room in the headquarters of a Jewish charity, a crowd of senior figures gathered for a leaving do like no other.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was there, as was his predecessor, Lord Sacks, surrounded by leading officers from Scotland Yard and chief constables from across the country.

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Iran nuclear talks set to continue until Friday

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2015

Negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran are to continue, after the original deadline for an agreement passed.

Diplomats from the world powers have extended discussions with Iranian counterparts in Vienna until Friday.

The talks were due to conclude on Tuesday evening.

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Golders Green Rally: ‘We knew there would be a move, we felt it coming’

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Moving the planned extremist rally away from Golders Green and the heart of the Jewish community was not a spur of the moment response from the Metropolitan Police, but the culmination of weeks of work from a coalition of communal organisations.

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Lawyer: victims scared to report abuse

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Few lawyers have had a public spotlight on their work to the same degree as Liz Dux has in the past three years.

Since acting for hundreds of Jimmy Savile's victims in 2012, Ms Dux, the daughter of a refugee from the Nazis, has become the go-to specialist for the victims of high-profile sex abusers.

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Two-thirds say they want denial banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Denying the Holocaust should be a criminal offence according to almost two-thirds of British Jews.

Asked for an exclusive JC poll whether they felt Shoah denial should be banned and made illegal in Britain, 64 per cent said yes.

It is not currently illegal in this country to deny that the Nazi genocide of Jews took place, but countries including Germany and Israel do impose a ban.

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Rally result is a victory for our community - not a time to score points

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2015

There will inevitably be a lengthy post-mortem into the various co-ordinated and un-coordinated responses to the antisemitic demonstration due to take place this weekend.

The roles of campaign groups, security groups, politicians, police, the media, and more will all be assessed.

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