Marcus Dysch

It's Ken again: Livingstone says 'richer' Jews vote Tory

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2014

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has repeated his claim that Jewish voters support the Conservative Party because they are wealthier than in the past.

On BBC’s Newsnight programme on Monday Mr Livingstone said Jews were now “richer” than 50 years ago and had shifted from backing Labour.

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Pair held over Nazi salute outside Golders Green kosher restaurant

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

A barrister has described how he witnessed a neo-Nazi attack outside a kosher restaurant just hours after Holocaust memorial day.

Two men performed Nazi salutes and shouted “Heil Hitler” during the incident.

Neville Kesselman, 71, was with a group of friends when the pair carried out the attack in Golders Green, north-west London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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European Parliament elections: platitudes, not policies

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

The leading issues in this month’s European Parliament elections — immigration and Britain’s future role in the European Union — are not topics of specific Jewish interest. But there are a number of potential outcomes when voters go to the polls which could have a direct impact.

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Lib Dems Palestine group says sorry over links to Holocaust denial website

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine group has apologised after it repeatedly posted links to a website which promotes Zionist conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

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David Cameron calls on all survivors to have their say in Monday’s Holocaust forum

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

David Cameron has urged every Holocaust survivor in Britain to take part in a special event on Monday aimed at mapping out the future of Shoah education.

And he wants JC readers to help those who cannot attend to make a contribution.

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Police send Lord Janner file to Crown Prosecution Service

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2014

A police investigation into allegations of historic child abuse against Jewish peer Lord Janner has moved forward.

Leicestershire Police announced today that it had submitted evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.

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Scottish gallery cancels Israel embassy sponsorship cash

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

A Scottish art gallery has cancelled the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship of an exhibition after anti-Israel activists threatened to mount a 90-day protest.

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Architects' Israel boycott 'short-sighted'

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

World-renowned architects have added to the condemnation of the British architectural group which has adopted an anti-Israel stance.

The Royal Institute of British Architects voted in favour of a motion last month which called for the suspension of Israeli counterparts from their international union until "illegal projects" in the West Bank cease.

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Shul-goers rescue family from blazing car

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

Shul-goers rescued a family from a burning car moments before it exploded in a giant fireball.

Four members of the unnamed family were helped to safety after congregants heard their screams for help outside the Ahavas Torah building in Stamford Hill, north London.

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Hull City player fined for praising Anelka’s quenelle

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

The Football Association has fined Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo £15,000 after he tweeted support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo will also be forced to take part in an education programme as punishment for claiming Anelka was a “legend” when he performed the antisemitic sign.

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Farage clash with Le Pen over racism

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has clashed with Nigel Farage after the Ukip leader suggested her party was antisemitic.

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Euro Charedi who is passionate about Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2014

Did you do a double-take? If so, you are not the only one. Shneur Odze is the first to admit he does not look like a typical politician.

But the strictly Orthodox father-of-four hopes to become the first British Jewish member of the European Parliament for five years when voters go to the polls next month.

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Culture Secretary Javid is Cabinet’s new Israel ally

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

Israel has a new ally in the Cabinet — the first Asian male Conservative minister.

Sajid Javid was appointed Culture Secretary following Maria Miller’s resignation last week and is tipped as a possible future Tory leader.

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Beth Din won’t cater for Riba boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

A Beth Din has revealed that it will no longer cater kosher events at the headquarters of the British architecture institute which has adopted an anti-Israel stance.

The European Masorti Beth Din supervises kosher meals at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (Riba) banqueting facilities in central London.

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Keeping memories alive

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants Britons to "keep the memory alive" in next year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Pickles was joined by MPs, peers and survivors at a Parliamentary event on Monday where he unveiled plans for HMD 2015.

"The fact of remembering people - and not just the numbers - is in itself an act of defiance," he said.

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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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William Hague pledges to push Poland on Holocaust restitution

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Britain will push Poland to introduce laws on Holocaust restitution, Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised.

The pledge came in a letter responding to dozens of British parliamentarians who had urged Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take restitution more seriously.

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New low as racist abuse aimed at Irish politician Alan Shatter

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

The campaign of antisemitic abuse against Ireland’s most senior Jewish politician has intensified with images of Nazi soldiers, swastikas and a package of white powder sent to his home.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s Jewish background, support for Israel and even domestic reform policies have been used as excuses for antisemitic insults.

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Anti-Israel activists want Tzipi Livni banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

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Anti-Israel activists are asking MPs to lobby Home Secretary Theresa May in an attempt to have Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni banned from Britain.

Ms Livni is due to speak in London on May 15 at two events organised by the JNF.

A spokesman for the “Stop the JNF” campaign told supporters in Parliament on Monday that MPs were now being lobbied by the group.

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Government's animal slaughter mis-stunning figures 'woefully misleading'

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Shechita campaigners have accused the government of presenting “woefully misleading” figures on the number of animals mis-stunned in British abattoirs.

Health Minister Jane Ellison told Parliament that, according to the Food Standards Agency, the number of mis-stuns for animals, including chickens, cattle and sheep, in 2013 had been 28, an increase of one on the previous year.

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