Marcus Dysch

Floods crisis forces David Cameron to cancel Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2014

David Cameron has cancelled his planned visit to Israel next week due to the ongoing floods in Britain.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference that the flooding problem would not improve in the coming days.

He has as a result called off the intended trip to the Middle East and will stay in the UK to co-ordinate relief efforts.

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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologises for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2014

A Labour MP has apologised after she appeared to compare the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

In a Parliamentary debate last week on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Labour MP condemned for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has condemned a Labour MP who compared the situation in Gaza to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

During a Parliamentary debate on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians on Wednesday, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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British embassy’s goal is peace through football

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

An initiative launched by the British embassy in Israel will bring together Jewish and Arab children to play football in a bid to show them ways they can live and work together.

Co-existence Through Football will see UK diplomats work with The Equalizer, a grassroots not-for-profit group collaborating with Israel’s Education Ministry to help children from disadvantaged communities.

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Ahava protesters’ appeal rejected

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass.

Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.

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Aidan Burley finally makes the Reich move

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

So Aidan Burley won't stand in the 2015 election - saving himself and his party from another 15 months of torrid headlines about his best mate's Nazi-themed stag-do.

Forgive me if I hold back from lavishing praise on the Conservative MP for his decision.

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Hain’s one-state plan not Labour policy

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Peter Hain has been criticised by Labour colleagues for promoting a “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In a keynote address at Swansea University, the veteran MP said that after two decades of support he had become “increasingly unsure” whether a two-state outcome could be reached.

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Dieudonné ban welcomed

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

Jewish leaders have this week welcomed the Home Secretary’s ban on antisemitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala from entering Britain, calling it a “prompt and correct” decision.

The move came after Jewish groups had appealed to Theresa May to bar the performer, who is the inventor of the controversial quenelle gesture.

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Aidan Burley to stand down as MP after Nazi stag-do controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2014

A Conservative MP who hired a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do has announced he will not stand for re-election.

Aidan Burley said in a statement released on Wednesday that he had decided to leave Parliament at next year’s general election after “a difficult time”.

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Aidan Burley to stand down as MP

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2014

Conservative MP who hired a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do has announced he will not stand for re-election.

Aidan Burley said in a statement released on Wednesday that he had decided to leave Parliament at next year’s general election after “a difficult time”.

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Dramatic fall in antisemitic incidents in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain fell by almost a fifth last year, new figures published by the Community Security Trust have revealed.

A total of 529 reported incidents in 2013 represented the lowest number since 2005, and was an 18 per cent decrease year-on-year.

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David Cameron launches Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed details of the new Holocaust Commission. The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah. The group's membership was announced to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Mr Cameron hosted survivors at a special Downing Street reception.

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Cameron praises 'extraordinary' survivors

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2014

David Cameron has praised the “courage and bravery” of Holocaust survivors — and his pride at leading “a nation with such extraordinary people in it”.

The Prime Minister extended the warmest of welcomes to more than 50 survivors at a Downing Street reception to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

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MPs weigh value of aid to Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2014

A Parliamentary committee looking into the amount of aid Britain sends to the Palestinian territories and other Middle East recipients, has concluded the first stage of its investigation.

The International Development select committee received written evidence from 40 organisations, charities and officials.

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Tories reject fresh claims over MP Aidan Burley's 'Nazi stag party' role

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2014

A Conservative MP who bought a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do will not face any further investigation by his party despite fresh media claims that he misled an inquiry.

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Cameron commits to ‘sacred, vital’ task

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2014

It is billed as the project that will ensure Shoah education continues in Britain for generations to come.

The details of the national Holocaust Commission revealed this week by David Cameron suggest that he will stand by his promise to guarantee the genocide will never be forgotten.

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Gurlitt suggests he may return looted art

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

The reclusive German pensioner accused of hoarding more than 1,400 pieces of art thought to have been looted by the Nazis is reportedly willing to return items to the heirs of their original owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt had said he intended to keep the paintings discovered at his Munich flat after details of the haul were revealed last November.

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Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Brondesbury getting bookish for rabbi's 10th

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Every youngster in the Brondesbury Park Synagogue community will receive a Jewish or Israel themed book each year as part of an initiative celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch Levin’s leadership.

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Helena Bonham Carter to sit on David Cameron's Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and senior politicians Michael Gove and Ed Balls will sit on the new Holocaust Commission announced by David Cameron.

The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah.

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