Marcus Dysch

Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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FA investigating Dave Whelan’s Jew-hate remarks

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Football Association has opened an investigation into antisemitic comments made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

The governing body said it was “very concerned” to read the remarks attributed to him in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

An investigation is now under way and the FA’s governance division has written to the former footballer turned businessman.

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Criticism of Dave Whelan grows as Jewish leaders wait for FA response

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Community Security Trust has accused Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan of reflecting “the persistence of dinosaur attitudes in football” after his antisemitic comments relating to Jews and money.

Mr Whelan issued an apology after he claimed the Jews “chase money more than everybody else” and said “Jewish people love money”.

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Jews' defection not because of Ed, say Labour

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Claims that Jewish donors have deserted the Labour Party in response to Ed Miliband's stance on the Gaza conflict have been dismissed by leading Labour supporters.

They said financial support for the party from within the Jewish community had been declining for more than a decade.

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Memorial to Jewish fighters

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

The contribution of Jewish servicemen and women in the Second World War is to be recognised at a new museum in Israel.

The Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War Two at the Yad Lashiryon armed forces memorial will open next May and will honour the more than one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Allied forces.

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Pickles wants action on hate graffiti

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has urged councils across the country to do more to tackle antisemitic graffiti.

Mr Pickles has written to every local authority to highlight its responsibilities under anti-social behaviour laws for quickly removing and reporting "physical signs of hatred on any property".

In the letter, sent jointly with Community Security Trust chief executive David Dele

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Prince Charles honours Kinder at tribute concert

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Prince Charles marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht at a special tribute concert honouring those who fled to Britain on the Kindertransport.

The heir to the throne was guest of honour at the London premiere of The Last Train to Tomorrow, a musical re-telling of the story of the 10,000 Jewish children who found refuge from Nazi oppression.

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Cable praises Langdon

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has praised the work of learning disabilities charity Langdon.

Speaking at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the politician said: "The work Langdon does is extraordinarily important, especially in helping people into employment."

The event - which raised £60,000 - also saw the All Aboard charity store chain handed an employer of the year award in recognition

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BBC defends ‘mansion tax’ remark after viewers’ complaints

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2014

The BBC has received 33 complaints after a commentator referred to a “Jewish lobby” during a newspaper review.

The remarks were made by political observer and former spin doctor Jo Phillips during a broadcast on the BBC News channel on Saturday night.

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Ten arrested near Luciana Berger’s Liverpool office

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2014

Police have refused to link the arrest of a gang of suspected neo-Nazis close to an office used by Jewish MP Luciana Berger with the hate campaign being waged against her.

Ten people were questioned after being held yards from a site where Ms Berger regularly holds surgeries for local constituents.

Armed police and forensics teams searched a number of properties following the arrests.

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Anger after claims that Ed Miliband is losing Jewish support

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2014

Campaigners against antisemitism have attacked reaction to a Sunday newspaper story which suggested Jewish donors were abandoning Labour over Ed Miliband’s stance on the Gaza conflict.

The Independent on Sunday’s front page story carried the headline “Jewish donors drop ‘toxic’ Miliband” and claimed communal support for the party had ebbed away.

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No move to ban shechita, MP promises

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

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Animal welfare campaigners in the House of Commons will not seek a vote to ban shechita in Britain, a leading MP has promised.

There is no intention of following the example of anti-Israel backbenchers who forced through a ballot on Palestinian statehood, Neil Parish, chair of a group investigating kosher and halal slaughter, confirmed.

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Social media is failing to combat abuse

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

The MP leading efforts to combat online antisemitism has attacked internet companies for their "insufficient" response to the abuse.

John Mann said firms including Twitter and Facebook had not taken their responsibilities seriously and that "something is significantly wrong" with their approach to tackling hatred on their sites.

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Miliband joins in calls for action after 'shocking' Berger attacks

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

Ed Miliband has condemned the social media abuse directed at Luciana Berger.

The Labour leader said the "shocking attacks" on Ms Berger and fellow Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman had "highlighted the new channels by which antisemites spread their vile views".

He called on social media sites to do "all they can" to protect users from online abuse.

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Ed Miliband issues antisemitism warning in Facebook post

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

The growth of antisemitism in Britain should serve as a wake-up call to those who think Jew-hatred is a thing of the past, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said.

Mr Miliband said he had spoken to Jewish families who expressed concern for their futures in Britain and urged a zero tolerance approach to tackle the problem of antisemitism.

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Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone takes Home Office job

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone has replaced Norman Baker as crime prevention minister in the Home Office.

The Jewish MP has been moved from her role in the Department for International Development following Mr Baker’s resignation on Monday.

He quit after claiming a series of clashes with Home Secretary Theresa May over drugs policies.

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Parliament debates kosher and halal slaughtering methods

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

More animals slaughtered for food in Britain should undergo stunning before they are killed, an MP investigating kosher and halal practices has urged.

Neil Parish said the government must continue its research into shechita and other religious meat production procedures during a debate in Parliament.

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Kedem staff member doused in ‘burning’ chemical in hate attack

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Police are investigating a hate attack in which a worker at an Israeli cosmetics stall was covered with a suspicious liquid.

The teenager was working on the Kedem outlet in Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre when the incident occurred on October 25.

She did not suffer serious injury when the “burning” chemical was thrown over her by a gang of youths.

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Peer who created the Barnett public spending formula dies

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Lord Barnett, the Jewish peer who gave his name to a famous public spending formula, has died aged 91.

He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Wilson and Callaghan Labour governments of the 1970s.

During that time he oversaw the creation of what became known as the Barnett Formula, the mechanism used to split public funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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