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Tribute to leading lady

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

Hull Wizo has held its largest fundraising event in years, collecting thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children in memory of a former leader.

Avril Rowland died last year following an eight-year battle against cancer. She had been a community stalwart, holding a number of charity committee positions and volunteering for hundreds of hours for Jewish and non-Jewish groups across the city.

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When the wrestler met the Conservative MP

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

What do a Jewish MP and a professional wrestler have in common? Quite a lot it turns out.

In one of the more bizarre and unexpected of Westminster’s many meetings and debates, Conservative MP Lee Scott took part in a discussion with prominent Jewish American wrestler, Robbie E.

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Ceasefire holds in Gaza as Nick Clegg criticises 'disproportionate' Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding, more than an hour after it came into effect.

Both sides agreed to hold fire for five hours to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, after nine days of extended fighting.

The truce began at 10am (8am UK) local time and is due to expire at 3pm (1pm UK).

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Former soldier Tobias Ellwood appointed UK’s Middle East Minister

By Marcus Dysch, July 16, 2014

Tobias Ellwood has been appointed as the new Middle East Minister at the Foreign Office in David Cameron’s government reshuffle.

Mr Ellwood’s promotion was one of the last to be announced and came after former minister Hugh Robertson resigned.

The MP for Bournemouth East arrives in the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

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Hundreds join search for missing teenager

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2014

Hundreds of volunteers have joined a search for a missing Jewish teenager.

Asher Sekenofsky, 15, has not been seen since leaving his home in Edgware, north west London, at 7.30pm on Friday.

The Hasmonean High School pupil has severe learning difficulties and police said his disappearance was a “high risk” incident.

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'Zionist' editor accused of inciting jihad

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The editor of a Jewish newspaper was bombarded with antisemitic abuse after being falsely accused of stirring up jihadi activity in a bizarre case of mistaken identity.

Richard Ferrer, editor of London's Jewish News, was targeted because users of a Muslim website believed he had posted a message "pledging allegiance to the caliphate".

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Israel Tour organisers promise safe passage

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

Israel tour organisations in the UK have moved to reassure parents that their teenage children will be safe despite the escalating violence.

UJIA Israel Experience, which co-ordinates tours for more than 1,200 young Jews from movements including Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, RSY-Netzer and Noam, said it was in regular contact with parents and was giving the situation its full attention.

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Brothers' £34m fraud rocks Gibraltar

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The longest criminal trial in Gibraltar's history has culminated in the jailing of three Jewish brothers who committed a multi-million pound fraud.

After years of financial investigation into their conduct, and months of evidence and cross-examination, Benjamin, Solomon and Isaac Marrache are now behind bars, guilty of what a judge said was overwhelming dishonesty.

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Pekerman's star on the rise but rabbis bemoan small attendances

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The stand-out Jewish success story was Colombia coach José Pekerman steering his flair-filled side to the quarter-finals and a best-ever finish.

Argentinian Pekerman, who managed his own national side in the 2006 tournament, has seen his star rise.

The grandson of Ukrainian Jews, Pekerman is now back home in Buenos Aires' Jewish neighbourhood of Villa Crespo plotting his next move.

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Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will increase assault on Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country will increase its assault on Hamas and terrorist organisations in Gaza.

His announcement came in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon after another day of rocket attacks on Israel.

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Rockets rain down on Israel, from Beersheva to Haifa

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2014

More than 120 rockets have been fired on Israel from the Gaza strip in the past 24 hours.

The Israeli Defence Force said it had struck more than 160 Hamas terror bases in Gaza in response, killing 20 Palestinians.

The IDF said its current ‘Protective Edge’ operation would continue until firing at Israel stops.

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Paul Charney: forever waving Israel's flag

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2014

Paul Charney has never been one to shy away from a fight.

As a former tank commander for the Israel Defence Forces and current chairman of the Zionist Federation, he says he has always had to stand strong in his ongoing battle against anti-Israel activists — both on and off the field.

Charney, 42, confidently says: “I’ve got thick skin and broad shoulders.

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Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan denies rape allegation

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has said an allegation that he indecently assaulted a woman in the 1960s is “wholly without foundation”.

It has emerged that Lord Brittan was questioned by police last month following an allegation of rape.

The 74-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

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Riots sweep Jerusalem ahead of Arab teenager's burial

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2014

Hundreds of Palestinians have clashed with police in East Jerusalem ahead of the funeral of a murdered teenager.

There were also clashes on the Temple Mount as tension grew before the burial of 17-year-old Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdair.

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Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi Joseph Dweck starts work

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2014

Rabbi Joseph Dweck takes up his role as senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation today.

Since being elected to the position last year, Rabbi Dweck has been preparing to begin work in a full time capacity.

He will be joined in London by his wife, Margalit, and four of his five children.

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Shul and mosque in dialogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue members shared details of Jewish life in an exchange programme with Muslims from a neighbouring mosque.

The shul-goers were told how the Imam Khoei Centre in north-west London had been converted into a mosque in the 1980s after being used for synagogue services a decade earlier.

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Clubhouse gets police approval

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

More than £160,000 was raised at the first fundraising dinner of the Boys Clubhouse, which runs a drop-in centre for young Jewish men with addictions such as alcohol, drugs and gambling, or problems like homelessness.

The dinner was held at the Metropolitan Police museum in Colindale, where a range of historic police cars were on show.

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Four arrested over Manchester burglaries that targeted Jewish families

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Three men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of a series of violent burglaries which targeted Jewish families.

The four were detained as part of Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Resemble following burglaries in north Manchester and Salford.

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Meet the USA team's biggest British fan

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

How does a Jewish journalist and filmmaker from Liverpool end up in Rio de Janeiro, helping Americans fall in love with the World Cup?

If it sounds like a schoolboy’s dream come true, it largely is, and Roger Bennett could not be happier.
The 43-year-old is enjoying his new-found fame, despite the United States national side crashing out of the tournament on Tuesday.

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Lib Dems say sorry over anti-Israel post

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Party has apologised after its Friends of Palestine group again posted antisemitic material on Facebook.

The group linked to a piece by antisemitic Israeli musician Gilad Atzmon which claimed "the time is ripe to cleanse British public life of Zionists and Jerusalemites".

Mr Atzmon's article referred to Ed Miliband's speech to Labour Friends of Israel last month.

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