Marcus Dysch

Hostility fears keep Israeli students away from UK

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A false perception that Britain is hostile towards Israelis has led to fewer students coming to study, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has claimed.

Mr Willetts said closer research links and increased academic exchanges with Israelis were needed to reverse the decline.

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Jewish care home named in Jimmy Savile child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Paedophile Jimmy Savile is believed to have abused children at a Jewish care home, it has been revealed.

The Sarah Laski Home, in Crumpsall, Manchester, opened under the auspices of the city's Jewish Board of Guardians in 1953.

It was today named by the government alongside 20 other homes now being investigated for links to Savile.

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Israeli architects ask David Cameron to block Riba boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israeli architects have appealed to David Cameron to intervene in the row over British efforts to have them thrown out of their international union.

The Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has also approached Israel’s Foreign Ministry for assistance.

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Israeli diplomats are right to strike, says Ambassador Taub

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israel’s diplomats are right to go on strike, says the man who represents the country in Britain.

Ambassador Daniel Taub’s support for the action that has seen the closure of Israeli embassies across the world puts him in direct opposition to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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They stole my story, then I was the story

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2014

The last thing journalist Ben Judah expected when he logged on to Twitter at home in London one evening was to find dozens of death threats from angry Egyptians.

The Jewish writer did not know he had unwittingly become a minor celebrity in the Arab state, thanks to a trail of events leading back to a satirist plagiarising his work.

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Southampton fan questioned over 'racist behaviour' at Spurs match

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2014

A supporter of Southampton football team has been questioned on suspicion of racist behaviour at last weekend's Premier League match with Tottenham Hotspur.

The 57-year-old was reported to police by two fellow Southampton fans during Sunday's game at White Hart Lane.

He was arrested and questioned by officers on suspicion of a "racially aggravated" offense.

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Israel behaving like Russia in Crimea, say peers

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2014

Britain has "serious concerns" about Israeli activity in the Palestinian territories, Baroness Warsi has told the House of Lords.

The Foreign Office minister said on Monday that Britain had "raised cases with the Israeli authorities" relating to the killing and injuring of civilians, policing of non-violent demonstrations, and treatment of child detainees.

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Boxing world mourns promoter Mickey Duff

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2014

Former boxing world champions and trainers have paid tribute to promoter and manager Mickey Duff, who has died aged 84.

Duff worked with more than a dozen title winners during his career, including stars such as Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe and John Conteh.

Professional Boxing Association president Barry McGuigan described Duff as a "giant of boxing".

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Greece passes 'law of return' for Jews who fled

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

Greece has passed legislation allowing Jews who fled the country before the end of the Second World War the "right of return" and to claim citizenship.

Former deputy foreign minister Dimitrios Dollis instigated the new law - which will come into effect within a month.

He said it was unlikely many Jews would claim Greek citizenship, but that he had acted out of principle.

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Anti-Israel author is ‘victim of secret plot’

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

The Israeli embassy lobbied Amnesty International to stop an anti-Israel activist holding an event at its headquarters, it has been revealed.

The new edition of Ben White’s book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide will be launched at Amnesty’s offices in Shoreditch, London, on Friday.

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Shechita campaigners complain over Mail on Sunday article

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

Campaign group Shechita UK has reported the Mail on Sunday to the Press Complaints Commission over an “aggressive and sensationalised” report on religious slaughter.

The group said the Mail’s article was “deeply unpleasant not only for the pejorative and mischievous editorial line but also for the way in which it deliberately misled its readers”.

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Man charged with murdering Israeli woman

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

A man has been charged with murdering an Israeli woman who was stabbed to death at her home in London.

Rivka Holden, who was 55, was found dead at her flat in Colindale, north west London, on Sunday.

Ms Holden had lived in the area for a number of years and was known to members of the nearby Kingsbury Synagogue.

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Architects back suspension of Israelis from international union

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

British architects have backed calls to suspend Israeli counterparts from their international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) passed a motion proposed by its former president Angela Brady on Wednesday.

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Tony Benn, fierce Israel critic — but once an admirer?

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

Tony Benn’s shifting views on Israel and the Palestinians have come under the spotlight following the veteran politician’s death.

The former Labour cabinet minister, campaigner and diarist, who has died at the age of 88, was a strong supporter of Anglo-Jewry, but in recent years had taken a hard-line approach against Israel and called for an end to Zionism.

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End Israel envoy strike, British supporters urge Bibi

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

British supporters of Israel have written to the country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to act to end the Foreign Ministry strike.

Israel’s diplomats are locked in a year-long dispute over pay and conditions, closing embassies and consular services across the world as a result.

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Boycotts fuel hatred, says Labour’s man in the Middle East

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2014

Boycotts of Israel “feed into an antisemitic feeling” and are counter-productive, according to Labour’s shadow Middle East Minister.

Ian Lucas said the party was “robust” on combating boycotters and suggested a visit to Auschwitz had strengthened his belief that the boycott movement was reminiscent of historical Jew-hatred.

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Anti-Zionist students hurl vicious abuse at professor

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

An Irish university is to conduct an investigation after a pro-Israel activist was the target of a tirade of abuse from students.

Professor Alan Johnson, senior research fellow for Israel advocacy group Bicom, was lecturing at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) when he was barracked by anti-Zionist protesters.

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David Cameron outlines his vision for a Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

David Cameron has called for an end to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank and pledged his commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Meeting Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Mr Cameron outlined his vision of a new Palestine.

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Poland has good record on restitution, insists envoy

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

Poland has taken suitable measures to ensure Holocaust survivors receive compensation, the country's ambassador to Britain has claimed.

Witold Sobkow responded to criticism over the Polish approach to restitution by suggesting the state had paid almost $1 billion for lost and seized property.

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Israeli tribute to Bob Crow

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

The sudden death of trade union leader Bob Crow brought tributes from supporters of both Israel and the Palestinians.

Mr Crow, who was leader of the RMT union, had in the past been criticised for anti-Zionist tendencies.

Last year, he encouraged Uefa, Europe’s football governing body, to drop Israel as the host of the under-21 European Championships.

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