Marcus Dysch

Inside the Momentum echo-chamber

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2016

The gothic Black-E building in the centre of Liverpool may have been impressive, but the welcome inside could hardly have been less so.

This was the home of The World Transformed, the pseudo-conference run by the hard-left, pro-Jeremy Corbyn Momentum group.

Just a 10-minute walk away from the main Labour conference, it was billed as the place to be this week.


It’s game over for Labour under Corbyn’s ‘quasi-Marxists’, says Jewish peer who quit party

By Marcus Dysch, September 26, 2016

You can hear the pain in Parry Mitchell’s voice. But it is matched with a sense of indignation at what has happened to his party.

The peer, who resigned from Labour on Sunday following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn, believes he is witnessing a complete re-drawing of the British political scene.


Jewish peer resigns as Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected Labour leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour Party after defeating challenger Owen Smith.

Mr Corbyn won with 313,209 votes to Mr Smith's 193,229.

The result was announced at lunchtime on Saturday at a special session in Liverpool ahead of Labour’s annual conference which opens in the city tomorrow.


That is rubbish, Mr Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2016

Bang! Bang! Bang! What's that noise?

It is the sound of another nail being hammered into the coffin containing the obliterated remains of Labour's relationship with the Jewish community.

There is no explaining away this one.

How does Jeremy Corbyn respond to aggrieved, traumatised, shell-shocked British Jews?


MPs flock to support Labour Israel group

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2016

The Labour Friends of Israel group has trebled the number of Parliamentary supporters backing its work, as moderate MPs rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party.

More than 65 MPs have pledged to back the group – more than when Labour was led by pro-Israel prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.


Revealed: how activists targeted Louise Ellman

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Sugarman, September 22, 2016

Activists from the hard-left Momentum campaign group are using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to stir up tensions across Britain, MPs have claimed.

The warning came as a document investigating the alleged behaviour of Momentum members in Liverpool was leaked.


Be prepared for an intense experience

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2016

Labour's travelling circus moves to Liverpool from tomorrow for what promises to be a party conference unlike any other.

But for all the anticipation, many Jewish activists will head to Merseyside with an overwhelming feeling of trepidation.


Alienated by Corbyn? Come home to the Lib Dems, says leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

The Liberal Democrats will be a "warm home" for Jews who have been alienated by Labour's antisemitism crisis, according to Tim Farron.

Describing his "very sincere" desire to offer the community a centre-left alternative, the Lib Dem leader is promoting his party as the only option for Jewish Labour activists who feel they cannot support Jeremy Corbyn.


Rudd praises the 'extraordinary' work of Emunah

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

Amber Rudd hailed the work of British Emunah at the charity's annual gala dinner, going on to pledge to fight antisemitism across the country.

Attending her first Jewish communal event in her new role, the Home Secretary said the social welfare group - which helps more than 12,000 children in schools, homes and therapy centres in Israel - was going from "strength to strength".

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Helpful clarity

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

A book titled The Left's Jewish Problem (Biteback Publishing, £12.99) does not exactly promise a light-hearted read.


'Keep calm and don't get shouty on hate'

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2016

Britain's Jewish community and its institutions are well placed to overcome the current surge in anti-Zionist activity and Jew hatred on the political left, a leading expert on antisemitism believes.

Dave Rich says Anglo-Jewry is robust enough to combat the hostility in politics and left-wing activism.

But he does express fears about the increase in street-based activism.


Community's green light for Amber Rudd

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2016

The appearance of Amber Rudd, the low-profile new Home Secretary, at a Jewish charity dinner on Monday included a series of incidents which struck me as both utterly remarkable, and completely predictable at the same time.


Anger as Jeremy Corbyn supporters invited to speak at Jewish Labour event

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement’s decision to invite a series of controversial party figures to speak at a rally against antisemitism has been attacked by supporters who claim it will make the group “a laughing stock”.


Government’s support for Israel remains constant amid ‘seismic’ political changes, says Amber Rudd

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2016

Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary, has pledged to combat antisemitism and said she understood British Jews’ feelings of fear and vulnerability.

Ms Rudd said Theresa May’s government would stand “steadfastly alongside Israel”.


MP received 25,000 abusive messages

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2016

Ruth Smeeth, the Jewish MP who has police protection after receiving an antisemitic death threat, has said the "vile, disgusting" abuse was carried out "in the name" of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The 37-year-old was repeatedly referred to as a "Yid" in an abusive message which claimed "the gallows would be a fine and fitting place" for her "to swing from".


Vile posts by party members are revealed

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2016

"Zio-scum", "West Bank Nazis", and a depiction of Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire drinking the blood of a Palestinian child are among the antisemitic terms and imagery adopted by Labour members who have been suspended from the party, it has been revealed.

One member posted a mocked-up image of Jeremy Corbyn doing a Nazi salute with the caption: "If Adolf won, then why can't we?"


Party of shalom? Maybe not with not-so-sweet Caroline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2016

Please don't do a double-take. Reading today's column may feel like déjà vu but, as political life in Westminster got back into full swing this week, the same issues, the same characters and the same concerns immediately bubbled back to the surface.

While I cannot bring myself to re-visit Ken Livingstone's incendiary comments on Hitler and Zionism, other recurring matters cannot be avoided.


Even in the woods, it's the same old song - the woes of the left

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2016

The peaceful Oxfordshire countryside feels a very long way from the power and plotting of Westminster.

But even in this rural idyll it is hard to escape the turmoil affecting left-leaning British Jews.


Displaying a tartan kippah won't stop this hatred. Scottish politicians must act now

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2016

Chanan Reitblat's name lives long in my memory.

This week marks exactly five years since he explained to me how he had been "humiliated" when a fellow student at St Andrews University forced his way into a university dorm, rubbed his genitals and proceeded to wipe his hands on Chanan's Israeli flag pinned to the bedroom wall.


CST backs anti-hate unit

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2016

The Community Security Trust has welcomed plans for a new team of specialist police officers to target antisemitic trolls on the internet.

The £1.7 million London unit will be run by the Metropolitan Police and is backed by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.