Marcus Dysch

MPs call for action to protect Golders Green community ahead of neo-Nazi rally

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2015

A group of MPs has called for “every measure” to be taken to protect the Golders Green community ahead of a planned neo-Nazi demonstration next week.

Led by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, they have signed an early day motion in Parliament praising the efforts of campaigners to ban the July 4 protest in the heart of the north-west London Jewish community.

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UN accuses both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

The United Nations has said both Israel and Hamas terrorists may have committed war crimes during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

An independent commission’s report into the Operation Protective Edge said the devastation in Gaza during the fighting had been “unprecedented”.

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Labour's Luciana Berger weds music manager at historic Liverpool synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has married at a ceremony in a historic Liverpool synagogue.

Luciana Berger married Alistair Goldsmith at the Grade I-listed Princes Road Synagogue, in the constituency neighbouring the Liverpool Wavertree seat which she represents for Labour.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis officiated at the wedding on Sunday.

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Golders Green Together volunteers mobilise to counter extremist rally

By Marcus Dysch, June 19, 2015

Dozens of volunteers are expected to deliver leaflets this weekend raising awareness of a campaign which promotes diversity ahead of a planned protest by neo-Nazis in north-west London.

The leaflets are part of the Golders Green Together initiative, aimed at combating the rally which is due to take place in the area on July 4.

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Labour trio all better than Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, June 18, 2015

The Labour leadership contest will hold few surprises for the Jewish community. Jeremy Corbyn aside, any of the three main candidates would provide at least a slight improvement on Ed Miliband's positions on Israel.

Yvette Cooper's time as shadow Home Secretary has made her aware of the community's domestic concerns, especially security.

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Corbyn candidacy branded 'disgraceful'

By Marcus Dysch, June 18, 2015

One of the candidates to be the next Labour leader was a key supporter of a controversial Palestinian cleric who invoked the antisemitic blood libel.

Jeremy Corbyn has also previously described the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbollah as "our friends".

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Desmond: 'Stand up and fight hate'

By Marcus Dysch, June 18, 2015

Former Norwood president Richard Desmond has called on the community to "stand up and fight" against rising antisemitism, and not "bury their heads in the sand".

The billionaire media tycoon said the anti-Jewish hatred during last summer's Gaza conflict, when Norwood charity shops were daubed with antisemitic graffiti, was the worst he had ever seen.

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Matthew Gould: 'In Israel everyone talks - it's a challenge to get anyone to shut up'

By Marcus Dysch, June 18, 2015

Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel has revealed the pain he suffered after he was accused of having dual loyalties.

Matthew Gould, whose five-year term in Tel Aviv comes to an end next week, described the effect of the abuse for the first time as he reflected on the state of Anglo-Israeli relations in a farewell interview.

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Questions must be asked over Iran nuclear deal, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2015

The government must reveal what concessions have been made to Iran in the pursuit of a deal over its nuclear intentions, MPs have said.

The United States and five other nations are negotiating with Iran to curb its nuclear programme. Diplomats have until June 30 to conclude a deal.

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Extremists plan to destroy Israeli flags and burn Talmud at Golders Green rally

By Marcus Dysch, June 16, 2015

Neo-Nazis plan to destroy Israeli flags during a protest at the heart of the Jewish community next month.

Organisers of the July 4 demonstration in Golders Green, north-west London, have also urged supporters to attend a secret burning of the Talmud ahead of the event.

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Communities unite amid hate rally fears

By Marcus Dysch, June 11, 2015

A multi-faith response to a planned antisemitic demonstration next month has received widespread support - amid fears that the organisers of the fascist rally are part of a new coalition specifically targeting Jews.

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Tory Israel trip attracts over 450 applications

By Marcus Dysch, June 11, 2015

A delegation of young Conservative activists visited Israel this week on the first of a series of fact-finding tours of the country.

Hundreds of Tories under the age of 30 applied to take part in the trip, run by the Conservative Friends of Israel.

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David Cameron says far-right Golders Green protesters should feel ‘full force of the law’

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2015

David Cameron has said activists who engage in an antisemitic demonstration planned for Golders Green next month should face “the full force of the law”.

He was responding to a question from Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

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Scottish police investigate Lord Janner over abuse claim

By Marcus Dysch, June 9, 2015

Scottish police are investigating claims that Lord Janner abused a teenage boy in the country in the 1970s.

The decision by Police Scotland to look at the allegations – made almost a quarter of a century ago – comes two months after the Crown Prosecution Service in London decided not to charge the peer over similar claims.

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Nicola Sturgeon says level of antisemitism in Scotland is 'unacceptable'

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to hold a series of public meetings with the country’s Jewish community to discuss concerns, including antisemitism.

In her first formal meeting with representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Ms Sturgeon said she found the level of Jew-hatred experienced in Scotland “unacceptable”.

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We'll keep on fighting hate, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

The government will continue to regard the fight against antisemitism as a serious issue, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament.

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Tony Blair to tackle European antisemitism in new role

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

Tony Blair has revealed he will work to tackle antisemitism across Europe in a new role.

After quitting as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, Mr Blair is to become chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).

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New government will continue to fight antisemitism, minister tells parliamentary group

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

The government will continue to fight antisemitism “seriously”, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament and would report regularly on its progress in tackling antisemitism.

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Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.

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How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.

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