Marcus Dysch

Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.

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Multi-millionaire Labour donor Andrew Rosenfeld dies

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

Businessman and leading Labour Party donor Andrew Rosenfeld has died at the age of 52 after a short illness.

Former Jewish Care trustee Mr Rosenfeld was an investor in property and mobile phone company chairman.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of my friend, Andrew Rosenfeld. My thoughts are with Juliet and his family.”

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Report calls for measures on shul security and internet hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

The government should establish a fund to cover the cost of synagogue security in Britain, a panel investigating the rise of antisemitism has said.

Terror threats facing the Jewish community mean effective measures taken to protect schools should now be rolled out to cover shuls.

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George Galloway questioner reveals what went on in Question Time studio

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2015

The Jewish student whose question led to angry scenes on last night’s BBC Question Time programme featuring George Galloway has revealed that the atmosphere was far more hostile than seen on television.

Viewers saw Gabriel Rosen pose the final question to the panel which led to 20 minutes of raucous debate.

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George Galloway challenged by hostile audience at Finchley Question Time

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2015

Respect MP George Galloway was heckled by Jewish audience members who challenged him on his anti-Israel record during tonight’s BBC Question Time programme.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, appeared in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population.

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Reassurance over anti-Charedi protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

Fears of a far-right nationalist rally against the Charedi community have been dampened by police and Jewish security groups.

White supremacist Joshua Bonehill-Paine announced his intention to "Liberate Stamford Hill" with a demonstration in Hackney, north London.

In a supposed "appeal against the Jewification of Britain", he claimed there was an "on-going foreign occupation" of the area, wi

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Interview: Lynne Featherstone

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party's most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a thin line with his regular attacks on social media.

He briefly lost the party whip following disciplinary action in 2013 afte

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State of Palestine? Now is not the time, say peers

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

The unilateral establishment of an independent Palestine could lead to the "takeover" of Israel, a leading peer has warned.

Cross-bencher Baroness Deech spoke against a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, calling a House of Lords motion on the topic "dubious" and warning of the danger of "falsely based" recognition.

"The practical result of a premature state of Palestine would s

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CST figures show 2014 worst year on record for hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

More antisemitic incidents were recorded in Britain in 2014 than ever before, the Community Security Trust has revealed.

There were 1,168 cases reported to the charity — the highest since its records began.

The figure was more than double the number in the previous year, and included the worst-ever month. Last July saw 314 cases of Jew-hatred.

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Internet troll who abused Jewish MP is 'proud' of his actions

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2015

An internet troll who was jailed for abusing a Jewish MP has resurrected his campaign following his release from prison.

Garron Helm told a far-right website he felt no remorse for sending antisemitic tweets to Labour’s Luciana Berger and was “proud” of his actions.

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Eight dead in Israel after bus collision

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2015

Eight people are believed to have been killed and as many as 50 injured in a serious road crash in south Israel.

The incident is thought to have involved a collision between a bus, a tractor, and a truck in the Negev.

Magen David Adom ambulances and paramedics, as well as firefighters, were at the scene near the Lahavim junction, and were working to free passengers from the wreckage.

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David Ward could lose Lib Dem whip again, says party’s senior Jewish minister

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2015

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party’s most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a “thin line” with his regular attacks on social media.

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Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.

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Union anti-boycott plan

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

A network of pro-Israel trade unionists has held its inaugural meeting to discuss combating boycotts.

Around 50 delegates representing 15 unions from across Britain met in London on Sunday for the networking and strategy session.

Speakers at the meeting included Labour peer Lord Glasman who called on unions to strengthen their links with Israel's Histadrut general federation of workers.

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Backing for debate over Hitler book sale

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

An MP's call for a national debate on the sale of offensive literature such as Mein Kampf has been welcomed by the Board of Deputies.

Labour's Thomas Docherty said he wanted to spark discussion about the book's availability after he noticed its commercial success while searching the history section of Amazon's website before his 40th birthday on Wednesday.

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Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.

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Food for thought on ambassador's first visit

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub met leaders of the strictly Orthodox community this week in the first ever official visit by the country's top diplomat to Stamford Hill.

He toured a Jewish Care centre, the Yesodei Hatorah school and the Kol Boniach outreach group which helps teenagers at risk in north London.

It was hoped the visit would strengthen relations between the strictly Orthodox comm

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Two IDF soldiers killed in clash on Lebanon border

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The IDF has confirmed two soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded in an incident on the Lebanese border.

Earlier reports suggested four people had been killed.

An IDF patrol was hit by rocket fire in the Har Dov area. Initial reports suggested anti-tank missiles and grenades had been fired by Hizbollah terrorists on the border.

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Maureen Lipman: rising hate has made me consider leaving UK

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The rise in antisemitic incidents across Britain has made Maureen Lipman considering leaving the country.

The Hull-born actress said her long-held fears over the future safety of Jews had developed into a genuine consideration of whether to move away over recent months.

In a Holocaust Memorial Day interview on LBC radio, Ms Lipman said she had thought about moving to New York or Israel.

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David Cameron announces new Holocaust memorial will be built in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

A national Holocaust memorial and learning centre will be built in central London, David Cameron has pledged.

Announcing a range of measures on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister said Britain was making a “bold statement” about the importance it puts on preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

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