Marcus Dysch

Tracked down, but Sir Gerald still won’t talk

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The Palace of Westminster’s Star Chamber was originally a law court during the 16th century reign of Henry VII.

These days, the courtyard that bears the chamber’s name is a poorly lit car park overlooked by MPs’ offices.

On Monday it served as the backdrop for the final act in one of the least appetising chapters of the current Parliament.


Jeremy Corbyn hopes Sir Gerald Kaufman will say sorry for ‘Jewish money’ comment

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Labour leaders have told Jewish groups that they hope Sir Gerald Kaufman will apologise for his controversial “Jewish money” comments.

In a letter to the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust and Jewish Leadership Council, Labour’s chief whip, Rosie Winterton, said she and Jeremy Corbyn wanted Sir Gerald to say sorry.


Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.


SNP politician 'apologises' for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2015

The Scottish National Party has apologised on behalf of a MSP after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter “in error”.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.


Did Jeremy Corbyn back artist whose mural was condemned as antisemitic?

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently backed the painting of a mural which was condemned as having antisemitic undertones.

The graphic, Freedom for Humanity, was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One, in 2012.


MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.


Here we are, the Jews again

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2015

“Here we are, the Jews again.”

That was the infamous welcome Sir Gerald Kaufman offered when his fellow Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman rose to speak in the Commons in March 2011.


Hull Wizo hosts Peter Suchet

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2015

More than 80 people attended a Hull Wizo lunch with guest speaker Peter Suchet, a former director of the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency.

The event, held at Hull Hebrew Congregation’s Pryme Street synagogue, heard how Mr Suchet had also led the division that created Fantasy Football.


Stalker victim aims to reform justice system

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2015

A mother of two is helping to draft a new law in an attempt to end the "lottery" that dictates how victims of crime are treated by police, courts and prosecutors.

Claire Waxman said she felt forced to act on behalf of those who have been affected by criminal activity after she suffered a decade of harassment at the hands of a stalker.


Crisis? What crisis? MPs demote debate

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Foreign affairs questions in the Commons on Tuesday was telling - in a number of ways.

Most immediately noticeable was the fact that questions about Israel and the Palestinians were not reached for half an hour.


Sajid Javid: Jewish community 'unanimous' in reaction to 'dinner party antisemitism' comments

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

The government’s most senior Muslim minister has described how British Jews thanked him after he voiced his concerns about “dinner party antisemitism”.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said he had initially received messages telling him he was “silly” for raising the issue, but that he had later been reassured by “unanimous” comments from the Jewish community backing him.


Corbyn needs to 'tackle head on' his stance on antisemitism, says Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on antisemitism is a “real problem to address”, one of his own Labour MPs has admitted.

Wes Streeting said the new leader of the opposition must tackle concerns about his positions on Jew-hatred and Israel “head-on” in order to allay the Jewish community’s fears.


Anger as Netanyahu says Palestinian leader convinced Hitler to exterminate Jews

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hitler only decided to carry out the Final Solution after being convinced by a Palestinian leader.

Speaking at the World Zionist Congress, the Israeli Prime Minister said the plan to exterminate European Jews was developed after the Nazi leader met the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.


Mr Ellwood’s in a pickle over Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2015

Today’s foreign affairs session in the Commons was telling – in a number of ways.

Most immediately noticeable was the fact that questions about Israel and the Palestinians were not reached for half an hour. Sure, the international picture is packed at the moment and the Syrian refugee crisis and other issues were understandably raised first.


Ex-BBC chairman Lord Grade attacks corporation over Israel coverage

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2015

Former BBC chairman Lord Grade has criticised the corporation’s coverage of the ongoing violence in Israel and the West Bank.

He wrote to the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding to say coverage had at times been misleading and failed to give context to what he called an “undoubtedly complex issue”.


Chief Rabbi says stabbings in Israel are like murder of Lee Rigby in UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2015

Around 200 people have attended a special prayer service in memory of those killed in the terror attacks and violence in Israel.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the service in Hendon, north-west London, on Sunday evening amid tight security.

He told the audience the knife attacks in Israel were comparable to the murder of Lee Rigby by extremists in London.


Sir Eric Pickles: Foreign Office is ignoring Palestinian incitement in 'pathological' desire to be balanced

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Sir Eric Pickles has accused the Foreign Office of “turning a blind eye” to Palestinian incitement as violence flares in Israel.

The former cabinet minister said Palestinian society had been “harmed by a widespread culture of hate” and “glorification of terror and violence against Jews and Israel”.


Palestinian mob torches Joseph’s Tomb holy site

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

A Palestinian mob has set fire to the Joseph’s Tomb religious site at the start of their so-called Day of Rage.

Believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch, the holy area near Nablus was torched by rioters in the early hours of Friday morning.


Over the moon: Israeli team leads lunar race

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2015

It was another small step in what Israeli scientists hope will be a giant leap for the country's intergalactic intentions.

The SpaceIL project, which hopes to put a robot on the moon, has signed a deal with a company that will provide a launcher for its small, unmanned spacecraft.


Police apologise over Lord Brittan case

By Marcus Dysch, October 9, 2015

Scotland Yard has apologised to the widow of former Home Secretary Leon Brittan after police failed to clear him of a false historic rape claim.

Three years ago a former Labour activist with severe mental health issues accused Lord Brittan of raping her in 1967.

Lord Brittan died aged 75 in January after repeatedly denying any wrongdoing.