Marcus Dysch

Ed Miliband defends Labour stance on Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

Anti-boycott campaigners have expressed their relief after delegates at the Labour Party conference failed to move any motions against Israel.

There had been fears that anti-Israel measures could be adopted by party supporters gathering in Manchester.

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Shimon Peres goes job hunting

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014
Former Israel President Shimon Peres looks for a new job after leaving office, in this hilarious video released by the Peres Centre for Peace.

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Zionist Federation says pro-Israel adverts were rejected by Transport for London

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

The Zionist Federation has claimed an advertising campaign in support of Israel was rejected by a number of organisations following the Gaza conflict.

It said Transport for London had refused to run adverts comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including Islamic State on the London Underground because they were “too controversial”.

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Labour Party candidate suspended over anti-Israel tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2014

A Labour Party parliamentary candidate has been suspended over tweets suggesting Islamic State terrorists should attack Israel.

Vicki Kirby is due to stand in Woking at the general election.

According to the Sunday Times, her Twitter account was used to attack Israel, suggesting the country was “evil”.

One message claimed Hitler might be the “Zionist God”.

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Board of Deputies approves controversial Muslim Council of Britain statement

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2014

The controversial joint statement issued by the Board of Deputies and Muslim Council of Britain at the height of the Gaza conflict has received widespread support from members of the Jewish group.

Deputies at Sunday’s Board plenary meeting in central London voted by 124 to 40 in favour of a motion backing the decision of the group’s leaders to work with the Muslim organisation.

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Glasgow leader says Anglo-Jewry needs its own Scotland-style debate

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The referendum on Scottish independence shined a light on failures in British Jewry’s communal structure, a leading figure in Glasgow has claimed.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said the likely debate over constitutional changes in Britain should be mirrored by a period of reflection from within the Jewish community.

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Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto banned for three games over quenelle tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The Football Association has banned Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto after he posted messages on Twitter relating to the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

Assou-Ekotto had been charged with improper conduct in April and ordered to remove two tweets following Nicolas Anelka controversially performed the quenelle last year.

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Scottish Jewish leader says it’s business as usual after no vote on independence

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

A leader of Scotland’s Jewish community has said the result of the independence referendum will not have a huge impact on life for Jews in the country.

Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent against becoming an independent country in yesterday’s vote.

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Two cultural institutions with very different stories

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The amalgamation of JW3 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre marks the coming together of Anglo-Jewry's cultural newcomer and one of its longest-standing arts and education establishments.

The LJCC was born out of the Institute for the Study of Jewish History and Culture, set up by educators Robin and Nitza Spiro in the early 1980s.

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Rough ride expected by friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The party conference season gets under way in Manchester this weekend with Labour supporters the first to gather.

While there is anticipation in Jewish and pro-Israel political circles that the fringe scene will be dominated by the repercussions of the Gaza conflict, the inevitable fall-out from the Scottish independence referendum will take the spotlight away from overseas affairs.

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Leaders' Shanah Tovah

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

Britain's political leaders have extolled the virtues of the Jewish community in their annual Rosh Hashanah greetings.

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Scottish Israel support group set up

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

An action group has been formed for grassroots activists in Scotland who want to support Israel.

Scottish Israel will work as an umbrella organisation to help sub-committees deal with media relations, lobbying, rallies and educational events.

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Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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Plan to grant Chief Rabbi freedom of Barnet

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is expected to be granted the freedom of the London borough of Barnet in recognition of his contribution to the community.

Councillors plan to recognise his “eminent services within the borough, nationally and internationally, to the enhancement of the Jewish community and the promotion of inter-faith understanding and community cohesion”.

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Boris Johnson ‘horrified’ by rise in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson said he reacted to the rise in antisemitism in the capital this summer with “horror and condemnation”.

He made the comments in response to questions from London Assembly members at City Hall on Wednesday.

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FW de Klerk warns Israel must find peace to avoid apartheid risk

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians should use the example of South Africa’s reconciliation to achieve a lasting peace, according to FW de Klerk.

The former South African president said that he did not believe Israel was an apartheid state, but warned that it ran the risk of becoming one if it squandered the opportunity to reach a peace deal as soon as possible.

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Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.

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Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.

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Grassroots groups to campaign against Qatar over Hamas links

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2014

A coalition of grassroots Israel advocacy groups are set to launch a campaign against Qatar’s role in backing Hamas.

Sussex Friends of Israel, the Pro-Israel Response Group and the Israel Forum Task Force will protest against Doha’s funding of the group.

Their campaign will get under way on September 21 with a rally outside the Qatari embassy in central London.

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Singer who's the voice of the grassroots

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

She is the singer-songwriter hoping to set the record straight on Israel by leading grassroots activists in a series of rallies to counter the boycotters.

Ilana Katz spent part of the summer performing in Nashville, Tennessee, but at the height of the Gaza conflict in July she decided more had to be done to put forward Israel's case.

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