Marcus Dysch

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Over 70 per cent of British Jews want antisemitic demonstrations banned, survey reveals

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2015

An overwhelming majority of British Jews want a ban on peaceful antisemitic demonstrations in Jewish areas, the results of an exclusive JC poll have revealed.

More than 72 per cent of those asked said antisemitic groups should not be allowed to stage protests in Jewish areas.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.