Marcus Dysch

Israeli forces search for missing West Bank students

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The IDF has confirmed it is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have disappeared in the area surrounding Hebron in the West Bank.

It is believed the yeshivah students may have been kidnapped by a Palestinian group while hitchhiking.

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Hope for Riba row resolution lies in ruins

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

As a showdown over the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) anti-Israel position moves ever closer, a resolution to the issue drifts further into the distance.

Revelations in the past month have offered hope and despair to Israeli architects who are threatened with removal from their international union, and their supporters in Britain.

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Holocaust charity boycotts Dorchester hotel over Sharia law

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has relocated its annual dinner from the Dorchester hotel as calls to boycott the venue grow.

The charity said it was fundamentally at odds with the repressive Sharia laws introduced by Dorchester owner the Sultan of Brunei in the south east Asia kingdom.

HET’s fundraising event will instead be moved to a new venue.

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Zionist Federation move signals new approach on Arab Israelis

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The Zionist Federation has agreed to join a group which promotes Israeli Arabs’ concerns in a move that it says marks a new approach to working with minorities in Israel.

The decision to affiliate with the UK Task Force was ratified by ZF board members this week.

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European Jewish group to sue Le Pen over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a controversial Holocaust-related comment.

Speaking about Jewish singer and actor Patrick Bruel in a NF video, Mr Le Pen played on the French word for oven - believed to be a reference to Shoah concentration camps.

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Trade unions attack Israel 'to spite Miliband'

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

Attempts by Ed Miliband to reform Labour's links with the trade unions could be spurring grassroots opposition to Israel, it has been claimed.

Supporters of Israel believe the Labour leader's disputes with the unions over funding and voting rights have partly led to a raft of vehement anti-Israel motions being tabled at two major conferences in the coming weeks.

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Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo suspended for quenelle support

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo will be suspended for the first two games of the Premier League season following his support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo had claimed Anelka was a "legend" when he performed the antisemitic sign during a match last December.

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A haven for troubled teens: The team getting our 'Lost Boys' back in business

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

The centre's unmarked entrance seems fitting - the project inside is one of the Jewish community's hidden treasures.

Despite being based in the centre of Hendon, north-west London, the Boys Clubhouse is largely unknown within Anglo-Jewry. Yet its essential work gives hundreds of young Jewish men a new start in life.

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Jewish teenagers fall victim to gambling menace

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Gambling now poses the biggest threat to Jewish teenagers - even more than drink and drug abuse.

The rise in the number of betting shops and online applications is blamed for a problem experts say is being ignored.

And, they add, smartphones have done much to encourage the bet-anywhere-anytime philosophy and help keep the problem hidden.

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Why Grillo is Farage’s new best friend

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

UIkip leader Nigel Farage has welcomed the possibility of a “magnificent” alliance with Beppe Grillo, the controversial Italian politician who has been widely accused of antisemitism.

Mr Farage met Mr Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (5SM), in Brussels to discuss a possible deal between their parties in the European Parliament.

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Ukip man refuses to apologise for 'ethnic cleansing' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

One of the UK Independence Party’s most prominent Jewish activists has refused to apologise after suggesting white people had been ethnically cleansed from an area of London.

Jeremy Zeid, chairman of the party’s Harrow branch in north west London, wrote on Twitter after visiting a Ukip MEP in Essex: “The almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.”

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Israeli professor drops NHS bias case

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

An Israeli conflict resolution expert has dropped his legal case against a health trust which he claimed had discriminated against him.

Moty Cristal had been seeking damages totalling £26,500 and an apology from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after it cancelled a workshop he was due to run for its staff in 2012.

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Farage and co — they’re not for the likes of us

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

What does it all mean for the 2015 general election?

As the European results came in on Sunday, Mr Farage suggested he could be the potential kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament.

The prospect will send a chill down the spine of David Cameron and Ed Miliband and be of acute concern to the Jewish voters who clearly rejected Ukip at the ballot box last week.

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Ukip Charedi claims he lost because of the Jews

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

Britain’s most high-profile Jewish election candidate has revealed the depth of opposition he faced from his own community during the campaign.

Shneur Odze, the strictly Orthodox Lubavitch candidate who stood for Ukip at both local and European level, said he had undergone a period of soul-searching after weeks of sustained attack.

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Revealed: who gets what among charity movers and shakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2014

The range of salaries paid to executives working in Jewish communal organisations is revealed in depth today.

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Architect institute officials seek to end Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2014

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British architects will attempt to overturn an anti-Israel motion within the next month.

Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) president Stephen Hodder, and Peter Oborn, vice-president of its international division, are expected to support a new proposal at a meeting in mid-June.

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Majority of Labour Euro candidates back anti-Israel measures

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2014

Dozens of Labour’s European election candidates have pledged to support anti-Israel measures if elected, with one referring to a "holocaust in Palestine".

They have signed up to five policy points - including a boycott of settlements - promoted by the Labour Friends of Palestine group.

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Aberystwyth candle ban blow to strictly Orthodox holidaymakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

A university's ban on the use of candles in its student village is to continue - angering Jewish holidaymakers who had regularly stayed on the campus.

Bosses at Aberystwyth University in Wales had rented student accommodation to strictly Orthodox families every August for 20 years.

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Shalom Scotland - on the road with Israel's ambassador Daniel Taub

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

In the corner of a university classroom, Daniel Taub tucks into a shortbread biscuit, loosens his collar and removes his suit jacket.

Israel’s ambassador to Britain had just given an hour’s lecture to an international group of students in Edinburgh, and now he was taking a moment to relax before embarking on the next engagement.

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Israelis threaten walkout over architect boycott plans

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

Israeli architects will resign from their international union if a boycott policy is pursued, a leading figure has revealed.

Yitzhak Lipovetsky-Lir, former president of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA), issued the warning as he arrived in London to meet British architect union leaders yesterday.

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