Marcus Dysch

CST in figures - a full list of steps it has taken to make communal buildings secure

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

An unprecedented level of security measures has been implemented in Jewish areas by security groups.

Experts stressed that ties with police and politicians were closer than ever, but the Community Security Trust admitted fears among British Jews were "as bad as we can recall" amid concerns of possible copy-cat terror strikes.

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Osborne presents Shoah survivors with medals

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Minted medals - commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – were presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

Struck by the Royal Mint, it features the words "Libera

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George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

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David Cameron pledges to do everything possible to protect community

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2015

David Cameron has reassured Jewish leaders of Britain's ability to protect the community following the terror attacks in Paris.

At a meeting in Downing Street this morning he told them the government was doing everything possible to ensure organisations and charities were properly engaged with police and security services.

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Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.

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Labour 'will support faith schools ethos'

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has reaffirmed his party's support for faith schools and called on the Jewish community to lead the way in encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.

In a wide-ranging speech at JFS in London on Tuesday evening, Tristram Hunt also spoke passionately of his support for Israel.

Referring to the Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of Islamic extremism in Muslim s

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Authorities deny Gaza flotilla case

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

British authorities have rubbished claims that anti-Israel activists in this country could seek the arrest of IDF commandos who were involved in the Gaza flotilla incident five years ago.

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Oldham Athletic owner says Ched Evans deserves second chance

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2015

EXCLUSIVE

Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney has confirmed the club expects to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans in the coming days.

Speaking to the JC exclusively from New York, Mr Corney said the League One club believed the Welsh international striker had “served his time”.

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Limmud 2014: BBC agonises over its Mid East coverage, says correspondent Caroline Wyatt

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2014

The BBC constantly agonises over balance in its Middle East coverage, but does not always get it right, according to one of its leading correspondents.

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Limmud 2014: Football, and how to stay religiously onside

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2014

For many British Jews, Shabbat leads them not to their nearest synagogue but to their favoured football stadium. But what do historic Jewish texts say about playing the beautiful game on the holiest days of the year?

Plenty, according to Alex Goldberg, presenter of When Shabbat Comes, a Limmud session looking at halachic approaches to soccer.

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Limmud 2014: experts highlight concern over cost of Jewish life

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The cost of Jewish life in Britain has become so prohibitive that people in some sections of the community cannot afford basic provisions and services, according to demographics experts.

A JC-hosted session at the Limmud conference debated issues relating to the growing cost of aspects of Jewish life, particularly in Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities.

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Thousands flock to Limmud as conference opens

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The annual Limmud winter conference has opened at the University of Warwick, with thousands of participants expected to attend sessions over the next five days.

More than 500 presenters from around the world will lead Limmudniks through 1,200 lectures and discussions on topics including social action, history and politics, religion and philosophy, and arts and culture.

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Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.

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How JC will join in the fun

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

The JC will play a full role in this year’s conference, hosting four sessions including a live review of next week’s edition of the newspaper with editor Stephen Pollard.

Alongside our reporters he will critique the stories and news values of the paper with Limmud participants in a version of the regular JC editorial conferences.

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EU delay means new wait for shechitah ruling

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

A decision on the labelling of kosher meat products is unlikely to be made before next spring, after the results of a Europe-wide investigation have once again been delayed.
The British government is expected to give the go-ahead for additional labelling for animals slaughtered according to the shechita process during 2015.

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Ban hate terms, MP tells Twitter

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Social media companies should ban the use of racist words on their sites, a Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has said.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

The Labour politician received more than 2,500 antisemitic tweets in three days during a campaign against her in October.

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Feeding Limmudniks is like catering biggest simchah ever

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

One of the biggest logistical challenges at the Limmud conference is the task of feeding thousands of people three times a day.

Satisfying hungry Limmudniks requires the largest kosher catering contract in Europe.

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Clegg: I’m aware of tensions

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Nick Clegg has acknowledged the ongoing tension between his party and the Jewish community during a Chanucah reception at his official Whitehall residence.

He said he was aware of difficulties in the relationship following another year in which Liberal Democrat figures pushed for an arms embargo on Israel and made controversial statements about the country.

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David Cameron's Chanucah reception

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2014
In his speech to communal leaders at the Number Ten Chanucah reception, David Cameron addresses concerns over rising antisemitism, threats to shechita, and his recent visit to Auschwitz. The Prime Minister also told a Chanucah joke, before lighting the Downing Street menorah.

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Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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