Marcus Dysch

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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80,000 sign petition, but Benjamin Netanyahu will not be arrested during UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

The government has defended its decision to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London next month and said that he will not be arrested when he arrives in this country.

Reiterating Britain’s position as a “close friend of Israel”, the government responded to a petition calling for Mr Netanyahu to be arrested “for war crimes”.

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UK must keep up pressure on Iran over terror links, warns Board of Deputies leader

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

Supporters of Israel have given a lukewarm response to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s comments on Iran’s relationship with Israel.

Reopening the British embassy in Tehran at the weekend, Mr Hammond suggested President Hassan Rouhani had a more “nuanced” approach to dealing with Israel than his predecessors.

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Jahjah? I've never heard of the man

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2015

Further doubts about Jeremy Corbyn's credibility as a potential Labour leader were raised after he was forced into an embarrassing u-turn over his links to a former Hizbollah fighter.

Mr Corbyn said in 2009 that he would lead a campaign against the Home Office's decision to ban Dyab Abou Jahjah from entering Britain.

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Jeremy Corbyn's friends re-examined

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2015

A week after the JC posed a series of questions to Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn about his association with Holocaust deniers and antisemites, the issue is now at the forefront of the campaign.

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Poll reveals 7 in 10 Jews fear Jeremy Corbyn leadership victory

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

Almost seven in 10 British Jews are concerned about the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour Party, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

The frontrunner’s views on Hamas and Hizbollah, and association with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, have also caused extreme worry — with over 80 per cent saying they are concerned about his positions.

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Former MP Lee Scott takes role Tamil ambassador

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

Former Conservative MP Lee Scott has said he is unlikely to stand for Parliament again after taking on a new post representing the Tamil community.

Mr Scott lost his Ilford North seat at May’s general election after a decade in the Commons.

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Why Jeremy Corbyn’s radical 'friend' Abou Jahjah blamed the JC for being banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2015

An extremist who claims he is a friend of Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn once blamed the JC for being banned from Britain.

Dyab Abou Jahjah, a former Hizbollah fighter and leader of a radical Muslim group, had addressed two meetings in London in March 2009 – one while sitting alongside Mr Corbyn in Parliament.

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Revealed: Jeremy Corbyn attended event hosted by Holocaust denier's group in 2013

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn attended an event run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen’s charity in 2013, despite his claim not to have had any contact with the group in recent years.

The Labour leadership frontrunner attended a Deir Yassin Remembered commemoration in St John’s Wood Church, north west London, in April 2013.

The group was founded by Mr Eisen.

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Anti-Israel activists attack JC for challenging Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2015

Dozens of prominent anti-Israel activists have signed an open letter attacking the JC for highlighting of Jeremy Corbyn’s links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

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Corbyn quizzed on antisemitic ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2015

Labour leadership contest frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has spoken in detail for the first time about his links to a charity run by a Holocaust denier.

He told Channel 4 News he had previously met self-confessed Shoah denier Paul Eisen, who had claimed Mr Corbyn had “put his chequebook on the table” to support him.

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Labour to investigate after MP called ‘Zionist scumbag’ for opposing Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2015

Labour will investigate after dozens of antisemitic messages were sent to non-Jewish MPs who have criticised party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, said he had received more than 40 abusive emails and tweets in the past six weeks.

They referred to him as “utter filth” and a “Zionist stooge”.

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Gone in seconds: Lord Janner makes fleeting appearance in court

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2015

Lord Janner has appeared in court to be charged with 22 allegations of historical child sex abuse.

The 87-year-old, who suffers from severe dementia, was brought into court one at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.

He smiled and looked at the public gallery as he entered the court room and was heard to say "ooh".

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Janner arrives at court

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2015

Lord Janner has arrived at court ahead of his appearance to be charged with historical child sex abuse.

The peer arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court in central around 25 minutes before his scheduled appearance.

The 87-year-old, who suffers from severe dementia, was driven past waiting photographers and entered the building via an underground car park in a silver Toyota Avensis.

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Magistrate gets tough as Janner heads for court to face child sex abuse charges

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2015

Lord Janner will appear in court this afternoon to be charged with historical child sex abuse offences.

His case will be heard at Westminster Magistrates Court at 2pm and he will attend in person.

This morning his lawyer Paul Ozin QC argued that the peer's severe dementia made him "vulnerable" and called for the court to accommodate his needs.

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Janner fails to overturn magistrate's court ruling

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2015

Lord Janner has failed in his challenge of a magistrate’s ruling that he should appear in court in person to face historical child sex abuse charges.

High Court judges ruled that it had been lawful to order him to come to Westminster Magistrates Court despite suffering from severe dementia.

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Lord Janner to challenge court appearance ruling

By Marcus Dysch, August 11, 2015

Lord Janner is to challenge a magistrate’s ruling that he should appear in court in person to face historic child sex abuse charges.

A High Court judge will consider whether it was unlawful to order him to come to Westminster Magistrates Court despite suffering from severe dementia.

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Don't vote for Jeremy Corbyn, urges new Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan

By Marcus Dysch, August 10, 2015

The new chairman of Labour Friends of Israel has acknowledged the “deep concerns” around Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign and urged supporters to instead back a figure who could play a key role in the Middle East peace process.

Joan Ryan was appointed to lead LFI in Parliament on Monday, replacing Anne McGuire who stood down at the general election.

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