Marcus Dysch

Ukip Charedi claims he lost because of the Jews

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

Britain’s most high-profile Jewish election candidate has revealed the depth of opposition he faced from his own community during the campaign.

Shneur Odze, the strictly Orthodox Lubavitch candidate who stood for Ukip at both local and European level, said he had undergone a period of soul-searching after weeks of sustained attack.

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Revealed: who gets what among charity movers and shakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2014

The range of salaries paid to executives working in Jewish communal organisations is revealed in depth today.

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Architect institute officials seek to end Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2014

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British architects will attempt to overturn an anti-Israel motion within the next month.

Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) president Stephen Hodder, and Peter Oborn, vice-president of its international division, are expected to support a new proposal at a meeting in mid-June.

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Majority of Labour Euro candidates back anti-Israel measures

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2014

Dozens of Labour’s European election candidates have pledged to support anti-Israel measures if elected, with one referring to a "holocaust in Palestine".

They have signed up to five policy points - including a boycott of settlements - promoted by the Labour Friends of Palestine group.

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Aberystwyth candle ban blow to strictly Orthodox holidaymakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

A university's ban on the use of candles in its student village is to continue - angering Jewish holidaymakers who had regularly stayed on the campus.

Bosses at Aberystwyth University in Wales had rented student accommodation to strictly Orthodox families every August for 20 years.

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Shalom Scotland - on the road with Israel's ambassador Daniel Taub

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

In the corner of a university classroom, Daniel Taub tucks into a shortbread biscuit, loosens his collar and removes his suit jacket.

Israel’s ambassador to Britain had just given an hour’s lecture to an international group of students in Edinburgh, and now he was taking a moment to relax before embarking on the next engagement.

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Israelis threaten walkout over architect boycott plans

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

Israeli architects will resign from their international union if a boycott policy is pursued, a leading figure has revealed.

Yitzhak Lipovetsky-Lir, former president of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA), issued the warning as he arrived in London to meet British architect union leaders yesterday.

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Shechita labelling move rejected by Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

A failed attempt by MPs to introduce stricter labelling of kosher and halal meat has boosted shechita campaigners.

A group of Conservative MPs had hoped to secure an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which would have called for all products containing halal and kosher meat to be labelled as such.

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Tzipi Livni granted special immunity for UK visit

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2014

Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has been granted diplomatic immunity for her visit to London this week, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Ms Livni's trip has been awarded "special mission status", offering protection against the threat of arrest or prosecution.

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Community venue defends Ukip party booking

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2014

A Jewish community centre has defended its decision to host a Ukip meeting ahead of this month’s elections despite complaints calling for the session to be cancelled.

Three Ukip candidates standing for seats in Westminster and European polls are due to speak at Ralli Hall, a base for communal activities in Hove, Sussex, on Tuesday.

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Brown honours ‘great and good’ Sir Martin

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Gordon Brown has praised renowned Jewish historian Sir Martin Gilbert’s contribution to Britain.

The former Prime Minister opened a library in the writer’s honour at Sir Martin’s former school, Highgate, in north London, on Tuesday.

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Nick Griffin’s secret views revealed on Shoah and ‘organised Jewry’

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

British National Party leader Nick Griffin’s historic views on the Holocaust have finally been revealed in depth following the release of a series of previously secret documents.

They show that, when questioned by police investigating race-hate allegations in the late 1990s, Mr Griffin suggested that the figure of six million Jews being killed in the Shoah was “utter nonsense”.

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Campaigners call for better meat labelling as halal row intensifies

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Clearer food labelling should be used to inform shoppers how animals have been killed, shechita campaigners have urged.

As the focus on the use of halal meat in mainstream restaurants and supermarkets grows, those who support the religious methods of slaughter have again backed increased labelling.

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Ukip members try to answer suggestions that party has racist elements

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Nigel Farage has predicted that Ukip will cause a “political earthquake” when voters go to the polls later this month. Arguably, shock waves are already being felt as support for the party grows within the Jewish community.

Ukip boasts the only British Lubavitch candidate in the European elections, but how does Anglo-Jewry’s immigrant history square with the party’s agenda?

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Holocaust Commission event is a day to remember

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

They came from every corner of Britain, drawn to the national stadium through a sense of duty and pride.

As 250 Holocaust survivors filed under Wembley Stadium’s famous arch, a sense of poignancy filled the venue.

Monday’s landmark Holocaust Commission event was thought to be the country’s largest-ever gathering of those who suffered persecution in the Shoah.

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Nick Clegg welcomes Board of Deputies' Jewish manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2014
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has welcomed the Board of Deputies' manifesto aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest.

The European elections take place on May 22.

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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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