Marcus Dysch

Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
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Labour's Israel friends are at risk as leadership contest comes to an end

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

After months of campaigning, hustings and controversy, the Labour leadership contest reached its climax this week, with the winner due to be announced tomorrow.

Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn remained favourite to become leader of the opposition, despite a slight loss of momentum since his high point of support last month.

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David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announce package worth millions to boost UK-Israel trade

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

Millions of pounds are to be invested in new bilateral economic, high-tech and scientific projects, it has been revealed.

Prime ministers David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announced at least £3 million of funding for the schemes following talks in London on Thursday.

There will be new co-operation in cyber security, science research and medical work.

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Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Downing Street for talks with David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu have met for talks in Downing Street as the Israeli Prime Minister begins the second day of his visit to Britain.

Mr Netanyahu was greeted outside Number Ten by his counterpart.

The men then began discussions on issues expected to include the Iran nuclear deal and the terror threat in Europe.

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Leaders’ new year messages for community

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

David Cameron has said Jewish communities must “not be left to live in fear” in his Rosh Hashanah message.

The Prime Minister outlined the efforts taken by his government to help the community in the past year, and said the country would stand by the pledge to remember the Holocaust.

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All Britain must join fight against antisemitism, urges Sajid Javid

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called on the whole nation to fight extremism and antisemitism.

Speaking at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, Mr Javid said he was repeatedly told about the concern being caused by rising Jew-hatred.

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Parliament may debate Netanyahu arrest as petition gains 105,000 signatures

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2015

A petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in London this week has passed 100,000 signatories, meaning a parliamentary debate could be held on the issue.

Opponents of the Israeli leader have campaigned for him to be detained on suspicion of war crimes.

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Hamas back Jeremy Corbyn in Labour leadership race

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2015

He previously lauded them as “friends” and now they have returned the favour – Hamas terrorists have backed Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest.

Leaders of the Islamist group in Gaza announced that his “very good sympathy and support for the Palestinian cause” had made him their choice to become leader of the opposition next week.

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Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of religious discrimination in the workplace

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said it would be a “travesty” if employees were unable to carry out their work duties because of religious discrimination.

Launching a Board of Deputies guide which aims to help employers understand the needs of Jewish staff, the minister said it was essential that companies make changes to help religious workers.

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Jeremy Corbyn's staff say he is ‘reluctant to confront hate’

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2015

There is growing unrest within Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team over his approach to dealing with issues of concern to the Jewish community, the JC can reveal.

One well-placed source within his team said that the unwillingness to deal "head-on" with these issues had come from Mr Corbyn himself.

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Security operation in place for Netanyahu's UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2015

A major security operation is being planned ahead of the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to London next week.

It is feared Mr Netanyahu's trip could be beset by a series of large demonstrations as he meets counterpart David Cameron, senior politicians, diplomats and Jewish community leaders.

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Tory favourite in mayor race, Zac Goldsmith, sets out stall

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2015

One of the leading candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as the next mayor of London has said the capital's Jewish community provides the best possible example of integration.

Zac Goldsmith said he would want to send "overt and very clear" support to reassure London's Jews should he be elected to City Hall.

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Scottish MP Paul Monaghan apologises over antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2015

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A Scottish National Party MP has apologised for posting an antisemitic tweet relating to Israel’s military action in Gaza.

Paul Monaghan used the social media site to accuse the “proud Jewish race” of “persecuting the people of Gaza”.

After the JC questioned his remarks on Wednesday he deleted them from his account and apologised.

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Lord Janner trial date on historical child sex abuse charges set for February

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Lord Janner could face trial on a series of historical child sex abuse charges in 2016.

At an Old Bailey hearing this afternoon a judge scheduled the case for February next year.

But the elderly peer’s lawyers are expected to argue that he is not well enough to be questioned about the allegations at a “fitness to plead hearing” in December.

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Answer questions about links to antisemites, Board leader tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn publicly to reject Hamas and Hizbollah if he is to gain the trust of British Jews.

Mr Arkush said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the terrorist groups were one of the causes of the community’s concerns about the likelihood of him becoming leader.

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Lubavitcher Shneur Odze wants to be Ukip’s London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

A former Conservative councillor has said he wants to be Ukip’s candidate in next year’s London mayoral election.

Shneur Odze will run to be the party’s candidate for City Hall, and to be a London Assembly member when voters go to the polls in May 2016.

He stood for Ukip in last year’s European elections and was the only strictly Orthodox candidate in Nigel Farage’s party.

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Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn was a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.

Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami were convicted of conspiracy to cause the bombings of the embassy and Balfour House after both buildings were targeted by car bombs in 1994.

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Review: Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2015

John Mann is an unlikely candidate to lead the fight against antisemitism in Britain. A blunt-speaking Yorkshireman who sits on Labour's back benches, the Bassetlaw MP came to the cause a decade ago without any apparent prior qualification or motivation. He has subsequently become one of the country's foremost experts on the fight against Jew-hatred.

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Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

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High Court ruling expected on Leicester council’s Israeli settlement boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2015

The High Court is expected to rule next month on whether a judicial review will take place into a local council’s decision to boycott Israeli products from West Bank settlements.

Leicester City Council’s policy was challenged earlier this month by the Jewish Human Rights Watch group.

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