Marcus Dysch

Don't vote for Jeremy Corbyn, urges new Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan

By Marcus Dysch, August 10, 2015

The new chairman of Labour Friends of Israel has acknowledged the “deep concerns” around Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign and urged supporters to instead back a figure who could play a key role in the Middle East peace process.

Joan Ryan was appointed to lead LFI in Parliament on Monday, replacing Anne McGuire who stood down at the general election.

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Lord Janner must attend court to face child abuse charges, rules chief magistrate

By Marcus Dysch, August 7, 2015

Lord Janner is expected to appear in court next week after the chief magistrate ruled that he was fit enough to attend despite suffering severe dementia.

The peer is expected to be accused of a string of historic child sex abuse charges at Westminster Magistrates Court next Friday, August 14.

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MP attacks Miliband over abuse: Interview with Labour's John Mann

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2015

Ed Miliband failed his fellow Jewish MP Luciana Berger when she was targeted by neo-Nazi internet trolls, according to Parliament's leading campaigner against antisemitism.

Labour MP John Mann said the response of his former party leader to the attacks had been a "moral and ethical failure of profound implications".

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Lord Janner child abuse case reaches court stage

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2015

The first court hearing in the prosecution of Lord Janner over child abuse allegations is due to begin today.

Lawyers for the former Board of Deputies president were expected to tell a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court that the peer is not fit to stand trial.

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Boris Johnson rejects criticism of planned hate-crime hotline

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2015

London mayor Boris Johnson has denied that a planned hotline for reporting hate crime in the capital will have a detrimental impact on existing services.

Opposition was voiced to the proposal earlier this week after internal emails from the mayor’s office revealed a new phone number would be launched for Jewish, Muslim and LGBT Londoners to report abuse.

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Janner court appearance challenge

By Marcus Dysch, August 3, 2015

Lord Janner is to challenge a magistrate's ruling that he should appear in court in person to face historic child sex abuse charges.

A High Court judge was due to consider whether it was unlawful to order him to come to Westminster Magistrates Court despite suffering from severe dementia.

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Community groups opposing Boris Johnson’s planned hate-crime hotline

By Marcus Dysch, August 3, 2015

Opposition has been voiced to plans being developed by the Mayor of London for a hate-crime hotline in the capital.

The Guardian claimed internal emails from Boris Johnson’s office revealed he was planning to introduce a phone number for Jewish, Muslim and LGBT Londoners to report abuse.

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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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