Marcus Dysch

All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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Middlesex cricketers plan pre-season tour to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

A group of professional cricketers will take part in a pre-season tour with a difference — by visiting Auschwitz.

Middlesex Country Cricket Club are to travel to Poland in a fortnight to see the former Nazi concentration camp ahead of the new County Championship.

Among the players expected to take part are England stars Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn.

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Ed Miliband announces Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to make an official visit to Israel within the next three months, the JC can reveal.

The trip is scheduled to be one of the Opposition leader’s first major foreign trips and will come a year before the General Election.

Mr Miliband is also due to be the keynote speaker at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner in London next month.

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Rant gave the wrong image, insists photographer Rankin

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Photographer Rankin has apologised for attacking “powerful Jewish zealots” in the US and blaming “extreme Judaism” for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

He had criticised actress Scarlett Johansson for leaving her ambassadorial role with Oxfam over a row over Israeli West Bank settlements.

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Gallery acts to change painting's offensive description

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

The National Gallery has altered the description it gives visitors of a 17th century painting after complaints that the piece could be interpreted as antisemitic.

The Rich Man Being Led To Hell, painted by David Teniers the Younger in around 1647, is based on a New Testament teaching.

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'Handshake' row over frum Ukip candidate

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Ukip has attacked reports that claimed an internal party row had broken out over an Orthodox candidate’s refusal to shake hands with women.

Lubavitch Shneur Odze is on the party’s shortlist in the north-west region for the European Parliament elections in May.

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David Cameron seeks young Shoah educator for commission

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has described how discovering her family’s Holocaust story inspired her to educate future generations about the Shoah.

Launching the latest step in David Cameron’s national Holocaust Commission in Westminster on Monday, Ms Kaplinsky encouraged young people to apply to win the opportunity to become a commissioner alongside politicians, celebrities and experts.

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Communal groups split over use of 1967 border on maps

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

A new grassroots campaign that asks communal organisations to use only maps of Israel which feature the Green Line has caused a split.

The Sign on the Green Line initiative was launched this week by 16 young people from a range of religious movements and youth groups.

It aims to secure promises from Jewish groups to use only maps depicting Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

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UK Supreme Court rejects anti-Israel protesters' appeal

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2014
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass. Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.

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Football debate scores big with JW3 supporters

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2014

The lack of Jewish professional footballers, racism in sport and Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture were the most hotly-contested issues at a debate on the beautiful game which drew a capacity crowd to JW3 in Finchley Road.

They watched clips of comedian David Baddiel and the film Sixty Six, in which a barmitzvah boy's big day coincides with the 1966 World Cup final.

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Communal leaders join Israel's global debate on diaspora

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2014

Israel must be more open, must value voices of dissent and promote minority rights, according to Liberal Jews in Britain.

They also argued that diaspora communities should provide greater financial investments in Israel’s non-Jewish communities.

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Sixty more works found at looted-art hoarder's cottage

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

A second stash of artworks has been found at a property owned by reclusive German pensioner Cornelius Gurlitt.

The discovery of 60 pieces comes more than two years after authorities uncovered 1,400 looted art works at his home in Munich.

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Photographer Rankin says Scarlett Johansson submitted to 'powerful Jewish zealots'

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

British photographer Rankin has launched a blistering attack on what he called "powerful Jewish zealots" in the United States and blamed "extreme Judaism" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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MPs warned over Iran’s nuclear threat

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

The likelihood of an Israeli pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities is impossible to predict, MPs were told this week.

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Floods crisis forces David Cameron to cancel Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2014

David Cameron has cancelled his planned visit to Israel next week due to the ongoing floods in Britain.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference that the flooding problem would not improve in the coming days.

He has as a result called off the intended trip to the Middle East and will stay in the UK to co-ordinate relief efforts.

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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologises for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2014

A Labour MP has apologised after she appeared to compare the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

In a Parliamentary debate last week on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Labour MP condemned for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has condemned a Labour MP who compared the situation in Gaza to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

During a Parliamentary debate on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians on Wednesday, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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British embassy’s goal is peace through football

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

An initiative launched by the British embassy in Israel will bring together Jewish and Arab children to play football in a bid to show them ways they can live and work together.

Co-existence Through Football will see UK diplomats work with The Equalizer, a grassroots not-for-profit group collaborating with Israel’s Education Ministry to help children from disadvantaged communities.

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Ahava protesters’ appeal rejected

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass.

Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.

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Aidan Burley finally makes the Reich move

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

So Aidan Burley won't stand in the 2015 election - saving himself and his party from another 15 months of torrid headlines about his best mate's Nazi-themed stag-do.

Forgive me if I hold back from lavishing praise on the Conservative MP for his decision.

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