Marcus Dysch

Meet the 85-year-old standing for Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

At her stage of life, Doris Osen could be expected to take things easy, spend time with her grandchildren, and enjoy her retirement.

But fresh from celebrating her 85th birthday on Monday she is preparing for a new challenge - as a candidate in the general election.

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Beth Din safe with us, says government

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Government plans to investigate Muslim sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism this week, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a "problem" with the application of sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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CAA accuses BBC over hatred hotline claims

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

A grassroots organisation working to combat antisemitism has accused the BBC of inaccurate reporting after the corporation said a new hotline had been established to deal with Jew-hatred.

BBC online published a story on Sunday morning about the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) initiative.

It suggested a CAA telephone service would be set up for people to report incidents and attacks on Je

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Tory ready to bring No 10 experience to the green belt

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Oliver Dowden is in a rare position for an election candidate - standing on the verge of entering Parliament, yet preparing to see his political influence decrease at the same time.

In his former role as deputy chief of staff for the prime minister, he was one of David Cameron's leading advisers, helping to develop policy, organising briefings and monitoring domestic issues.

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Electrician hopes to spark Labour upset

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Electrician Richard Butler has probably never been compared to Sisyphus, but Labour's candidate in Hertsmere could be forgiven for feeling that he has been handed an impossible task.

Like the ancient Greek king who repeatedly pushed a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back again, Mr Butler faces what looks like inevitable failure.

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Carers have vital rolein ballot

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

A charity is urging Jewish people with learning disabilities to register to vote in May's general election.

The Judith Trust helps to train carers from Kisharon, Langdon and other Jewish charities which assist people with disabilities.

With six weeks until polling day, the trust is backing Mencap's Hear My Voice campaign, encouraging engagement with politics.

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Amnesty report attacks Israel as well as Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Amnesty International’s most detailed probe into Hamas rocket attacks on Israel accuses the Palestinian terror group of committing war crimes — but also heavily criticises Israel’s actions in last summer’s conflict.

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West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

If Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli administration pushes an aggressive policy of settlement building it could hasten the creation of an independent Palestinian state, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has warned.

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Government announces £1.2 million UK-Israel cyber security project

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

British and Israeli academics will take part in a £1.2 million joint cyber security research project announced by the Cabinet Office.

There will be three partnerships – with two teams at Ramat Gan’s Bar Ilan University working with the University of Bristol and University College London, and a University of Kent link-up with the University of Haifa.

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Beth Din safe under us, government tells Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

Government plans to investigate Sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism in a speech on Monday, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a “problem” with the application of Sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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Cameron congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

David Cameron has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election as Israeli Prime Minister.

The men spoke on the telephone on Monday evening.

Mr Cameron said he was looking forward to working with the new Israeli administration once a new coalition was formed in the country.

A statement from Downing Street said Mr Cameron had reinforced his belief in a two-state solution.

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WATCH: Mob attack on Stamford Hill synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2015
Video footage of the attack on a Stamford Hill synagogue on Saturday night. ***Warning: contains scenes of violence and some bad language***

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Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.

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Shoah survival stories will be saved

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

Holocaust survivors who have never previously told their story have been urged to come forward so that their testimony can be recorded for posterity.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, said there was an urgent need to ensure ageing survivors' stories were saved to help teach future generations.

The foundation - formed as a result of David Cameron's year-l

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Veteran MP is 'rooted in the community'

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

Ivan Lewis was just 30 when he was elected to Parliament in the New Labour landslide that swept Tony Blair into Downing Street.

Eighteen years on, the Bury South MP is nearing veteran status in the party that he has served as a minister in government and on the opposition frontbench.

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I know about hate - my sister was a victim

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

There are very few Church of England ministers with closer links to the Jewish community than Daniel Critchlow.

Brought up at the heart of the Prestwich community, the Conservative candidate's parents were leading figures in Manchester's Jewish education establishments.

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Pre-election JC poll reveals huge support for Netanyahu among UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2015

An exclusive poll for the JC has revealed that two thirds of British Jews who have a view on the Israeli election would vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.

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Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.

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Tweeters offered legal help as Galloway sues

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2015

Anti-Israel politician George Galloway is taking legal action against Twitter users who he claims have libelled him, it has emerged.

He is demanding thousands of pounds from people who posted tweets alleging that he was antisemitic.

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