Marcus Dysch

Jeremy Corbyn 'must do more' to address concerns, says Board of Deputies after meeting

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has met senior Jewish community chiefs for the first time since he was elected last year.

The Board said the session had "resulted in significant clarifications" of Mr Corbyn's views, but called on him to do more to address "profound and real concerns" about his past meetings with extremists and antisemites.


King’s College to ban violent protesters who tried to halt Israeli’s campus talk

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2016

An investigation by King’s College London into violence at an Israel Society event on its campus has concluded that students “crossed the line” in carrying out their protest.

Two Jewish students held off a mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators during the incident at the university last month.


MP ‘shocked and shaken’ by antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2016

A man has admitted an antisemitic verbal attack on his MP.

Darren Lumb abused Labour’s Jon Trickett, the shadow communities secretary, in the street in Mr Trickett’s Hemsworth constituency in West Yorkshire.

In court on Thursday, Lumb, 47, admitted the abuse and pleaded guilty to one count of religiously aggravated harassment and stalking, and one count of breaching an asbo.


CST figures reveal 2015 was third worst year for antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2016

The number of antisemitic incidents in Britain fell by more than a fifth last year — but 2015 was still the third worst year on record.

Figures published by the Community Security Trust revealed there were 924 incidents of Jew hatred last year.


Alex Salmond criticised after describing Israel's condemnation of Iran as 'inappropriate'

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2016

Former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond has been criticised after he said it was “inappropriate” for an Israeli official to condemn Iran during a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

Mr Salmond’s comments came on the same day that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had marked last week’s memorial day by denying the Shoah.


Parliamentary event cancelled after complaint over anti-Israel speaker

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2016

A Parliamentary event due to be hosted by a controversial Palestinian journalist has been cancelled after a pro-Israel group complained to the organisers.

Abdul Bari Atwan, former editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, had been expected to chair a session in Portcullis House on Tuesday night featuring Palestinian students speaking on Skype from Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.


What’s really strange is Khan looks a better bet

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2016

So far the London mayoral election has attracted the attention only of die-hard politicos, but with fewer than 100 days to go to polling day, it's about to get more interesting.

The choice between Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith provides Jewish voters in the capital with something of a predicament.


Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith out to stop ‘weird’ Labour

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has called Labour "aggressively extreme" with its leader Jeremy Corbyn representing a "real danger" to the Jewish community and the country.

Mr Goldsmith, whose late father Sir James Goldsmith and grandfather were Jewish, will take on Labour candidate Sadiq Khan in May.


Labour amends G4S boycott to remove Israel reference

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

A planned boycott of global security giant G4S by the Labour Party will no longer make reference to the firm’s work in Israel.

Members of Labour’s national executive committee agreed to remove all mentions of Israel from the record of its discussions on G4S at a meeting on Tuesday.


Cameron: New national Shoah memorial to be built next to Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

David Cameron has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by announcing that the new national Shoah memorial will be built next to Parliament.

The Prime Minister told the Commons that the memorial would be located in Victoria Tower Gardens, the public park area on the north bank of the Thames.

Mr Cameron said it would be a “striking national memorial”.


Labour Party urged by Israeli counterpart to drop G4S boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2016

The future of Labour’s proposed boycott of a leading security firm over its work in Israel remains unclear as the party’s executive members prepare to meet for the first time since backing the initial decision.


The peer raising millions for Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, January 25, 2016

Howard Leigh's well-appointed but understated office is the perfect place from which to direct the charity he now heads.

Appointed as chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation UK this week, Lord Leigh has the task of encouraging high-level donors to supply much-needed funds to finance cultural, educational and welfare projects in Israel's capital city.


Swastika graffiti daubed on Manchester tram

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Antisemitic graffiti has been daubed on a tram, leaving transport bosses searching for the culprit.

Swastikas and the word “Nazi” were drawn onto a seat in Manchester.

The vehicle was taken out of service after a passenger spotted the graffiti during a journey to the city centre earlier this week.


Labour is 'aggressively extreme' under Jeremy Corbyn, warns Tory London mayor hopeful Zac Goldsmith

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has launched a wide-ranging attack on Labour, describing it as “aggressively extreme”.

Jeremy Corbyn represented a “real danger” to both the country and the Jewish community, he suggested.


Lord Weidenfeld dies aged 96

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2016

Publisher and philanthropist Lord Weidenfeld has died aged 96.

The peer died "peacefully in his sleep" on Wednesday morning following a brief illness, his family said in a statement.

He is expected to be buried in Israel.

In a tribute, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lord Weidenfeld had traveled "a unique path from refugee to peer".


Knives are out as butchers attack meat price study

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2016

Kosher meat producers have reacted furiously to a study which claimed their prices had soared in the past decade.

Butchers said the figures had been "manipulated" to ignore market forces and increased production costs.


Jewish MP promoted to shadow minister says he can work with Jeremy Corbyn despite Israel differences

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

One of Labour’s new shadow foreign ministers has said he believes he can work under Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences of opinion on Israel.

Fabian Hamilton, a vocal critic of the party’s approach to the issue of Palestinian statehood during Ed Miliband’s leadership, said he knew there would be “difficult bridges to cross” in his work alongside Mr Corbyn.


Rock-throwing Palestinians have killed Israeli children, embassy tells Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The Israeli embassy in Britain has complained to a Labour MP about her claim that no Israeli children have been killed by stone-throwing Palestinians.

During a parliamentary debate on child detainees and prisoners in the Palestinian territories, Naz Shah claimed it was “absolutely unacceptable” to arrest children.


Joshua Rozenberg made an honorary Queen's Counsel

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The lawyer and journalist Joshua Rozenberg has been appointed an honorary QC.

A non-practising solicitor, Mr Rozenberg was acknowledged by the Queen as the “pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times”.

He is best known as a leading law journalist and commentator and was the BBC’s first legal correspondent.


Chief praises 'vital, exciting' India

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis hopes his historic visit to India this week will act as a catalyst for Jews to support literacy and aid programmes in the developing world.

During his 10-day tour of the country, Rabbi Mirvis visited 19 synagogues and met leaders of India's Jewish community.