Marcus Dysch

David Cameron: We can’t fight the Islamist threat until we’ve tackled Jew-hate

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

● PM condemns conspiracy theories
● Attacks double-standards on Israel
● Says Paris terror was tipping point

David Cameron’s pledge to tackle antisemitism as a vital first stage of the government’s strategy to defeat Islamist extremism has been welcomed by Jewish organisations.

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Boris Johnson to go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

New details have emerged about Mayor of London Boris Johnson's planned trip to Israel later this year.

Mr Johnson will travel to Jerusalem to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, government officials, and business and technology experts.

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Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.

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Labour leadership candidates clash at Jewish community hustings

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

The Labour leadership candidates have outlined their positions on Israel in a packed hustings with the Jewish community.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall appeared at the JW3 community centre at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel and the JC.

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David Cameron expected to combat antisemitic conspiracy theories in speech tackling extremism

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

David Cameron is expected to tackle Muslim conspiracy theorists who peddle antisemitic tropes in a major speech on extremism.

Speaking on Monday, the Prime Minister will outline a five-year plan to combat Islamists.

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Zionist Federation appoints Arieh Miller to be new director

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

The Zionist Federation has appointed 27-year-old Arieh Miller as its new director.

He will replace outgoing leader Alan Aziz.

Mr Miller currently works at the Israeli embassy in London where he is head of the Jewish community relations and digital media departments.

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David Cameron tells Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub: 'You will be missed'

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

David Cameron has written to outgoing Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub to thank him for his diplomatic work during four years in Britain.

The Prime Minister said Mr Taub had played a “crucial role” in improving ties between the countries.

In a hand-written note at the end of the letter, Mr Cameron thanked the ambassador for “the many kind things you have said about me”.

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Jerry Springer thanks World Jewish Relief for family records

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

American television host Jerry Springer has visited Britain to support the work of World Jewish Relief.

The charity rescued Mr Springer’s parents and brought them to this country from Nazi Germany a month before the outbreak of war in 1939.

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Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.

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Pro-chicken activists face court slog against kapporot ritual ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

"Dead chickens, half-dead chickens, chicken blood, chicken feathers, chicken urine, chicken faeces, other toxins and garbage consume the public streets," the court papers stated.

Even by the standards of the New York legal scene, the attempt to ban the traditional Jewish practice of kapporot is particularly unusual.

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Exclusive: We reveal the secret identity of the CST's former director of security

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

In a small room in the headquarters of a Jewish charity, a crowd of senior figures gathered for a leaving do like no other.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was there, as was his predecessor, Lord Sacks, surrounded by leading officers from Scotland Yard and chief constables from across the country.

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Iran nuclear talks set to continue until Friday

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2015

Negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran are to continue, after the original deadline for an agreement passed.

Diplomats from the world powers have extended discussions with Iranian counterparts in Vienna until Friday.

The talks were due to conclude on Tuesday evening.

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Golders Green Rally: ‘We knew there would be a move, we felt it coming’

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Moving the planned extremist rally away from Golders Green and the heart of the Jewish community was not a spur of the moment response from the Metropolitan Police, but the culmination of weeks of work from a coalition of communal organisations.

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Lawyer: victims scared to report abuse

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Few lawyers have had a public spotlight on their work to the same degree as Liz Dux has in the past three years.

Since acting for hundreds of Jimmy Savile's victims in 2012, Ms Dux, the daughter of a refugee from the Nazis, has become the go-to specialist for the victims of high-profile sex abusers.

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Two-thirds say they want denial banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Denying the Holocaust should be a criminal offence according to almost two-thirds of British Jews.

Asked for an exclusive JC poll whether they felt Shoah denial should be banned and made illegal in Britain, 64 per cent said yes.

It is not currently illegal in this country to deny that the Nazi genocide of Jews took place, but countries including Germany and Israel do impose a ban.

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Rally result is a victory for our community - not a time to score points

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2015

There will inevitably be a lengthy post-mortem into the various co-ordinated and un-coordinated responses to the antisemitic demonstration due to take place this weekend.

The roles of campaign groups, security groups, politicians, police, the media, and more will all be assessed.

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Bonehill-Paine remanded on racial hatred charge

By Marcus Dysch, June 29, 2015

A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with inciting racial hatred.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday and was denied bail.

He is accused of writing a series of antisemitic blog posts on his website.

Mr Bonehill-Paine, of Yeovil, Somerset, denied one charge of inciting racial hatred.

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Police make arrest over hate blog post

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2015

Police have arrested a man in relation to a blog post ahead of a neo-Nazi protest due to take place in north-west London next week.

The Community Security Trust confirmed it had been informed of an arrest made on Friday afternoon.

The group said the arrest was in relation to the demonstration, expected to take place next Shabbat, July 4 in Golders Green.

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Chief Rabbi praises Queen for ‘moving’ visit to Belsen

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has praised the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh following their visit to the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accompanied the royal couple as they laid a wreath at the site in Germany on Friday. He said the “Jewish world” appreciated the solidarity shown by the Queen.

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Taub ends his UK diplomatic mission

By Marcus Dysch, June 25, 2015

The announcement that Israel's UK ambassador Daniel Taub is returning to Jerusalem signals the end of a four-year posting in which he oversaw rapid economic growth between Israel and Britain, but also the fallout from last year's Gaza conflict.

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