Marcus Dysch

'Hamas will pay' for teenagers' death, says Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “Hamas will pay” following the death of three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank.

The bodies of yeshivah students Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were found near Hebron on Monday. They had been missing since June 12.

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Helena Bonham Carter meets Holocaust survivors in US

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

Members of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission have travelled to the United States to investigate new techniques for educating people about the Shoah.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and commission chair Mick Davis visited New York and Washington.

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Police action on alleged Janner sex abuse is 'not imminent'

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

A decision over whether to prosecute Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse is no closer this week, despite new revelations about the investigation.

Action against the 85-year-old peer is "not imminent", according to police.

A file was sent by officers to the Crown Prosecution Service in April for consideration. A property owned by Lord Janner was searched in December.

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Ukip defends alliance with Swedish extremists

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The UK Independence Party has defended its decision to work with members of a Swedish party which was set up by former Nazis.

Ukip MEPs have joined a European Parliament grouping alongside representatives of the Sweden Democrat party, despite the Scandinavian group’s history of extreme nationalism, white supremacy and links to the Waffen SS.

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Bringing back the sound of music to abandoned shuls

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

Tucked away in a remote corner of Hungary, the village of Mád constitutes little more than two streets of houses, a small hotel and a dusty café decorated with flowers. Vehicles rarely travel along Mád's roads. Two storks squawk from their nest overlooking the picture postcard countryside.

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Stuart Kuttner cleared at hacking trial

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

A mensch, a money maven, and a man diminished by illness - Stuart Kuttner was described in many ways during the phone hacking trial, but his acquittal this week on charges of conspiring to intercept telephone messages will bring him the most comfort by far.

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Isis recruits: who's next when they return here?

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

British Muslims fighting for Islamist terror groups in Iraq and Syria could return to target the Jewish community, security experts fear.

Anti-terror chiefs believe between 300 and 500 men could have gone to assist the Isis terror group and battle Assad's forces.

Many are thought to be university students who have left their courses to fight.

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Israeli architects applaud Riba retreat from call for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The British architects' union's decision not to pursue an anti-Israel motion has been welcomed by its Israeli counterpart.

Members of Riba voted in March to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

Riba's council had been due to debate the issue last week, but members were asked only to ratify the creation of a new international division.

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FA doing 'good work' in dealing with racism

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The Football Association's work to tackle antisemitism has been praised following a meeting with Jewish groups.

The governing body's approach to the fallout from Nicolas Anelka's controversial quenelle gesture was among topics discussed during the session at Wembley Stadium last week.

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Riba says Israel boycott issue is now closed

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

The president of the Royal Institute of British Architects has said the organisation will not discuss its controversial stance on Israel any further.

Riba's council had been expected to debate an anti-Israel motion at a meeting in London on Thursday.

In March the institute's members voted for a motion calling on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

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Tory MP Michael Fabricant apologises over 'punch a journalist' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

A Conservative MP has apologised after posting a tweet saying he would like to punch a female journalist in the throat.

Michael Fabricant, whose late father Isaac was the rabbi of Brighton and Hove Synagogue, targeted Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after she appeared on a television debate.

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Le Pen faces lawsuit over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 19, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a 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 deliberate reference to concentration camps.

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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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