Marcus Dysch

Sadiq Khan must now build on his Yom Hashoah masterstroke

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2016

From eating matzah to donning a kippah and visiting charities - Sadiq Khan’s campaign to be elected Mayor of London was strewn with attempts to attract the capital’s Jewish voters.

But it was on Sunday, in one of his first official engagements since winning the keys to City Hall, that Mr Khan scored his greatest success.

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Labour support among British Jews collapses to 8.5 per cent

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

Just 8.5 per cent of British Jews would vote Labour if there was an election tomorrow, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

And 38.5 per cent of Jews give Labour the worst possible mark – 5 out of 5 – for antisemitism among party members and elected representatives.

The poll results come as Jeremy Corbyn's party is engulfed by an antisemitism crisis now entering its fourth month.

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SNP bar activist over hate posts

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

The Scottish National Party has barred a party activist from taking part in campaigns after his antisemitic Facebook posts were revealed.

Amjed Hussain, who campaigned alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her manifesto launch for this week’s election, has shared a video which alleged that Mossad carried out the 9/11 terrorist hijackings.

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Labour suspends Momentum supporter who claimed Jews caused ‘an African holocaust’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

A leading member of the pro-Corbyn Momentum hard-left activism group claimed Jews were responsible for an “African holocaust”, the JC can reveal.

Jacqueline Walker is a vice-chair of the movement’s national steering committee and activist in south-east England.

Labour suspended Ms Walker from the party after the JC brought her comments to the party’s attention.

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Hamas and Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have repeatedly clashed in the Commons over Labour’s antisemitism crisis and the Labour leader’s past comments on Hamas and Hizbollah.

The Prime Minister asked Mr Corbyn four times to withdraw his previous references to Hamas and Hizbollah as “friends”.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis warns Labour antisemitism inquiry must not be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

There is a “severe” antisemitism problem within Labour, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed in his first public comments on the crisis engulfing the party.

In a wide-ranging article explaining his concerns about the allegations and comments of recent weeks, Rabbi Mirvis attacked those who, he said, had tried to separate Zionism and Judaism.

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Naz Shah quits committee investigating antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP suspended by the party for a series of antisemitic social media posts, has said she will temporarily step down from a Commons committee investigating Jew-hatred.

Ms Shah, Bradford West MP, will not be involved in the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into rising antisemitism in Britain.

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Jeremy Corbyn: 'We stand against antisemitism in any form'

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has made a renewed effort to outline his opposition to antisemitism.

Speaking at a May Day rally in central London, Mr Corbyn said Labour stood “absolutely” against Jew-hatred in any form.

His comments came as the months-long row over antisemitism allegations in the party reached new heights in recent days.

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Labour antisemitism crisis has crossed red line, says Israeli ambassador Mark Regev

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2016

Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, has said the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party has “crossed a red line”.

In his first television interview since arriving in London, Mr Regev told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that modern antisemites were targeting “the collective Jew”.

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Labour suspends Ken Livingstone following Hitler comments

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour Party following a series of interviews in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.

Dozens of the party’s MPs had called for Mr Livingstone to be suspended or ejected after a round of media appearances this morning.

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Suspend Ken Livingstone from Labour over ‘Hitler supported Zionism’ comment, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2016

Labour MPs have called for former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to be suspended from the party after he claimed “Hitler was supporting Zionism” in the 1930s.

During an interview to discuss the suspension of Naz Shah over her antisemitic social media posts, Mr Livingstone claimed the Nazi dictator had initially backed moving Jews to Israel “before he went mad”.

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Labour MP Naz Shah suspended by party following antisemitic posts

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has been suspended by the party following her Commons apology for a series of antisemitic social media posts.

The decision was taken this afternoon following a second meeting between Ms Shah and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Naz Shah says sorry for ‘hurtful, inexcusable’ posts and pledges to win back trust of Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has apologised for the series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel which led to her resigning as a parliamentary secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Ms Shah, the Bradford West MP, said the “manner and tone” of her posts was “not excusable”.

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Labour MP Naz Shah hired ‘Zio tweet’ councillor as parliamentary aide

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah employed as an aide a councillor who posted antisemitic remarks on Twitter.

The Bradford West MP employed Mohammed Shabbir as a member of her staff and gave him a parliamentary email address, it has been claimed.

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Naz Shah steps down as private secretary after Facebook posts about Israel and Jews

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has stepped down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after a series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel were revealed.

The Bradford West MP, who defeated George Galloway in last year’s general election, backed the spending of “transportation costs” to move Israelis out of the Middle East.

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Labour activist suspended for saying Israel uses Holocaust as ‘a political tool’

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a Facebook status claiming the Holocaust was “a political tool” used by Israel.

John McAuliffe, who writes for online publications and says he is a foreign affairs specialist, claimed Israel had established “a financial racket in the West”.

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‘Diverse’ UJS team will lead campus challenge

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

The new leadership team at the Union of Jewish Students will include a prominent political activist when it starts work later this year.

Liron Velleman will take on the role of campaigns officer, often seen as one of the most challenging and significant positions at UJS.

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New plan to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement has unveiled a plan to tackle antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Working with MPs and activists around the country, the JLM wants to change party rules to ensure members who commit acts of Jew-hate are dealt with quickly and potentially banned for life.

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Playwright Sir Arnold Wesker dies aged 83

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

Leading British Jewish playwright Sir Arnold Wesker has died aged 83.

He passed away on Tuesday evening after a long illness, his wife, Lady Wesker, said.

Sir Arnold came to prominence in 1957 with his play Chicken Soup with Barley. It was part of his famous trilogy, along with Roots, which was first performed the following year, and I’m Talking about Jerusalem.

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Parliamentary committee to investigate growth of antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2016

An inquiry into the rise of antisemitism has been launched by a leading Parliamentary committee.

The Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee announced this afternoon that it would carry out a “short inquiry” into Jew-hatred.

The probe will consider whether prejudice against the Jewish community has increased, and whether the dangers facing Jews have emerged from terrorism.

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