Marcus Dysch

Beth Din safe under us, government tells Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

Government plans to investigate Sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism in a speech on Monday, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a “problem” with the application of Sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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Cameron congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

David Cameron has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election as Israeli Prime Minister.

The men spoke on the telephone on Monday evening.

Mr Cameron said he was looking forward to working with the new Israeli administration once a new coalition was formed in the country.

A statement from Downing Street said Mr Cameron had reinforced his belief in a two-state solution.

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WATCH: Mob attack on Stamford Hill synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2015
Video footage of the attack on a Stamford Hill synagogue on Saturday night. ***Warning: contains scenes of violence and some bad language***

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Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.

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Shoah survival stories will be saved

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

Holocaust survivors who have never previously told their story have been urged to come forward so that their testimony can be recorded for posterity.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, said there was an urgent need to ensure ageing survivors' stories were saved to help teach future generations.

The foundation - formed as a result of David Cameron's year-l

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Veteran MP is 'rooted in the community'

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

Ivan Lewis was just 30 when he was elected to Parliament in the New Labour landslide that swept Tony Blair into Downing Street.

Eighteen years on, the Bury South MP is nearing veteran status in the party that he has served as a minister in government and on the opposition frontbench.

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I know about hate - my sister was a victim

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

There are very few Church of England ministers with closer links to the Jewish community than Daniel Critchlow.

Brought up at the heart of the Prestwich community, the Conservative candidate's parents were leading figures in Manchester's Jewish education establishments.

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Pre-election JC poll reveals huge support for Netanyahu among UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2015

An exclusive poll for the JC has revealed that two thirds of British Jews who have a view on the Israeli election would vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.

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Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.

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Tweeters offered legal help as Galloway sues

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2015

Anti-Israel politician George Galloway is taking legal action against Twitter users who he claims have libelled him, it has emerged.

He is demanding thousands of pounds from people who posted tweets alleging that he was antisemitic.

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England's tightest seat may not be so close this time

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2015

Forty-two votes. Glenda Jackson's winning margin in Hampstead and Kilburn five years ago could hardly have been tighter.

It was England's closest constituency result at the last general election. The third-placed Liberal Democrats were only 841 votes behind, making the seat a genuine three-way marginal.

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Jewish pro-Palestinian group's social media platform hijacked

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2015

A Jewish pro-Palestinian group has been forced to relaunch its social media efforts after a supporter promoted a series of articles questioning aspects of the Holocaust and rising antisemitism in Britain.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), which lobbies for a boycotts and sanctions against Israel, said it had reacted to complaints about the offensive articles.

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CST warned charity about Cage links to extremists

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2015

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Concerns about the campaign group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi were raised with a prominent charity by the Community Security Trust two years ago.

CST alerted the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) to antisemitic material on the website of Cage in July 2013.

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Film banned over scenes of neo-Nazis terrorising Jewish family

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2015

A horror film which features scenes of a Jewish family being terrorised in their home by neo-Nazis has been banned from Britain.

An application by the producers of Hate Crime to screen the feature in this country was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

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SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.

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New ambassador will 'deepen' Israel ties

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Britain's next ambassador to Israel will be a senior civil servant who previously advised Tony Blair, the Foreign Office announced this week.

David Quarrey is currently director of the department's Near East and North Africa desk.

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Standing firm for the suburban minorities

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Few constituencies are as politically, culturally and religiously diverse as Harrow East.

Its suburbs of north-west London, including affluent Stanmore and grittier Kenton and Queensbury, have swung between Labour and the Conservatives in general elections over the past 70 years.

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Expecting to benefit from desire for change

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Uma Kumaran, Labour's Harrow East candidate, has what many political analysts see as the x-factor for attracting voters - "real world" experience away from Westminster

Selected two years ago at the age of 26, she believes having worked and volunteered in the NHS has provided an understanding of the issues close to the heart of voters in the constituency.

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Government 'considering' shul security funding in response to JC campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

The government is considering whether to set up a fund to cover the costs of synagogue security in response to the JC’s Secure our Shuls campaign.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said on Wednesday that ministers are looking into what more could be done to protect British Jews and Jewish institutions.

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