Marcus Dysch

Police investigate tweets after Arsenal and Tottenham clash

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets – most referring to the Holocaust – from fans of both clubs were highlighted following a bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday.

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Pope Francis to travel to Israel in May

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2014

The Pope is to travel to Israel in May for his first visit since becoming Pontiff.

Francis I announced his plans during his Sunday address to thousands of Catholics gathered in St Peter's Square.

Further details announced by the Vatican revealed that the trip to the Holy Land would be the Pope's first overseas tour of the year.

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David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Anelka and the 'quenelle' - this is only the beginning

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2013

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka’s antisemitic goal “celebration” has plunged English football into its third race row in as many years.

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The great kosher meat debate

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2013

When you sit down for Shabbat dinner, what is on your mind? The joy of being with friends and family? The relevance of the week’s Torah portion? Or concern over the cost of your kosher roast chicken and chopped liver?

Kosher meat and poultry is more widely available in Britain than ever before, with a greater range of quality and affordability.

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Questions raised over Tory MP’s role in Nazi-uniform stag party

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

A Conservative MP’s role in a Nazi-themed stag night has been questioned again after new evidence about the party was heard in a French court.

Aidan Burley offered an “unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology” after taking part in the event at a French ski resort two years ago.

The session included party-goers and friends of the MP dressing up as

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Anti-hate campaigner Denis MacShane jailed

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Former Labour MP and campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane has been jailed for making false expenses claims.

MacShane, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, faked 19 invoices for £12,900 of Parliamentary research and translation services.

The 65-year-old was sentenced to six months in jail at the Old Bailey.

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Chief warns against women leading prayers

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services — where women can lead prayers — should not be allowed to take place in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were “not something that can take place within our synagogues”.

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Cardiff City is in a league of its own over support

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accepted a cheque for money raised by the family and friends of 27-year-old Justine Cantor for a cancer centre.

Ms Cantor died two years ago following a battle with metastatic malignant melanoma, for which there is no cure.

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Police search Lord Janner's home in child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

The home of Lord Janner has been searched by police in connection with allegations of historic child abuse.

Leicestershire Police searched a property owned by the former Board of Deputies president in the London borough of Barnet as "part of an ongoing criminal inquiry".

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Israel visit is dream come true for Michael Gove

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition after visiting Israel for the first time.

During the trip, which took place last week, he signed a deal with Israeli counterparts to strengthen education links, a move he said was evidence of the increasingly strong bilateral relationship.

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Clare Short defends vicar in Shoah denial affair

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Former International Development Secretary Clare Short has waded into a row over a controversial Church of England vicar’s comments on Israel.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis deals blow to women over partnership services

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services - where women can lead prayers - should not be permitted in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins on Wednesday evening, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were "not something that can take place within our synagogues".

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Are British Jews living in new ghettos?

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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British Jews are moving to ghetto-style communities and becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream society, new research has claimed.

A report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research says the community is “heading in the direction of insularity”, which is jeopardising integration.

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Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.

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The woman telling Google and Facebook how to delete the racists

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

In the fight against online antisemitism, Jardena Lande is an unsung heroine.

While David Cameron and other world leaders try to convince sites such as Facebook to do more to block users spreading hatred, Ms Lande and her colleagues at the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) have already enjoyed notable success.

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Jewishly, David’s ahead of Ed

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2013

There’s a joke doing the rounds about the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition: one is a committed Zionist, eager to visit Israel and totally at ease in the company of British Jews; the other is Ed Miliband.

There will be plenty of talk during the next 18 months about the possibility of Britain electing Mr Miliband as our first halachically Jewish Prime Minister since Disraeli.

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Jewish safe thieves convicted

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2013

A Jewish man and three accomplices have been convicted of stealing a safe from a family home.

Ronen Izraelov, 21, took the safe from the property in Finchley, north London, in November last year.

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Mandela: Pogrom memory drew us to his battle

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2013

FIRST PERSON: ALBIE SACHS

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