Marcus Dysch

Labour MPs attack government plans to stop councils boycotting Israel as ‘assault on local democracy’

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2016

Labour MPs have led a wide-ranging attack on the government’s plans to stop local councils and public bodies boycotting Israel.

They said guidelines unveiled by Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock last month, which leave authorities open to fines if they target Israel, were an attack on local democracy.

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British MPs unveil guide to tackling antisemitism at major Berlin conference

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2016

A large delegation of British Parliamentarians, including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, has attended the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) conference in Berlin.

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Zac Goldsmith asked to apologise over comparing pig farms to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

The Conservative candidate to be London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, has been criticised by a Labour MP for past remarks in which he compared the conditions on pig farms to Auschwitz.

Mr Goldsmith, said he would only eat organic meat and remarked on the state of slaughtered pigs which he said were “riddled with tumours”.

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Labour candidate dumped over ‘Hitler is Zionist God’ comment is elected as local party vice-chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

A former Labour parliamentary candidate who claimed Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and claimed Daesh should attack Israel appears to have been reappointed to a leading position in her local party.

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LSE student who apologised over ‘Zionist’ comment fails to win union vote

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2016

A student who apologised to the Jewish community for claiming “leading Zionists” had tried to swing a university election has failed to win the poll.

Rayhan Uddin had been running for the post of general secretary of the London School of Economics student union.

But neither he, nor his rival candidate received the required percentage of votes, and voting will now be re-opened.

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Trainer's cancer cure promise to dying husband

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2016

A celebrity fitness trainer has told how she promised her dying husband that she would battle to help find a cure for cancer after they were both stricken with the disease.

Nicki Waterman, who has trained Denise van Outen, All Saints and Kelly Brook, is recovering from a highly invasive form of brain tumour.

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Labour kicks 'sickening' activist out

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour has excluded from the party a Trotskyite whose website carries a series of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories.

Gerry Downing was thrown out on Wednesday night following complaints that he had been re-admitted as a member.

He had been let back in to the party recently by its national executive committee after he appealed against being expelled last year.

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Labour challenged over readmitting party member whose website carries antisemitic articles

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

A Labour Party member who was readmitted by its national executive committee runs a website which carries a number of antisemitic articles.

Gerry Downing runs the Socialist Fight group, which has defended Daesh and posted an article which stated: "Why Marxists must address the Jewish Question".

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Union director who pushed for Israel boycott to leave role

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

The political director of Britain's biggest trade union is moving from her role following a series of anti-Israel controversies.

Jennie Formby has been involved in a number of incidents at Unite in the past five months.

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Labour Oxford antisemitism inquiry told of fresh Jew-hate claims at second university

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour’s investigation into allegations of antisemitism at a leading university has been made aware of similar Jew-hate claims at a second campus, the JC can reveal.

A complaint has been sent to Baroness Royall, who is leading the inquiry, about the actions of a candidate running to lead the London School of Economics’ students’ union.

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Sadiq Khan will make tackling antisemitism a top priority for London police

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged to make tackling antisemitism a key priority for the police if he is elected.

Launching his manifesto on Wednesday morning, Mr Khan said he would stand up to prejudice and hatred.

Rising incidences of Jew-hate in the capital were a concern, he said.

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Sadiq Khan – 'Why I changed my mind about boycotts'

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2016

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has explained why he switched from lobbying for sanctions against Israel to opposing boycotts of the country.

The JC revealed yesterday that Mr Khan had repeatedly called on ministers to impose sanctions in 2009, despite using his campaign for City Hall to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.

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Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan ‘called for sanctions against Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2016

Sadiq Khan regularly lobbied for sanctions against Israel when his party was in government, despite using his London mayoral campaign to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.

The Labour candidate had contacted leading politicians including David Miliband, who was then Foreign Secretary, in an effort to have measures imposed against Israel.

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Labour inquiry attacked over cover-up concerns

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2016

A new investigation ordered by the Labour Party will attempt to resolve claims against left-leaning students at Oxford University.

But Jewish groups have called on the party to ensure the fresh inquiry focuses on allegations of antisemitism, rather than looking into suggestions of an alleged smear campaign against two Labour-supporting students.

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Home Secretary Theresa May pledges £13.4m for community security at CST dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2016

The government has committed to provide £13.4 million for security measures in the Jewish community in the coming year, Theresa May has announced.

The Home Secretary said the money would go towards security guards and further protection steps at independent and state Jewish schools, nurseries, synagogues and community sites.

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Community leaders meet Lib Dem leader Tim Farron to discuss security and Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2016

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has met a delegation of Jewish community leaders to discuss issues including security, antisemitism and delegitimisation of Israel.

Mr Farron outlined the Lib Dem position on social care, faith schools and religious practices including shechita and brit milah.

There was also a lengthy discussion on the Middle East peace process.

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Left has problem with antisemitism, says Labour’s Chuka Umunna

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2016

Sections of the political left have a problem with antisemitism, according to one of Labour’s most prominent figures.

Chuka Umunna, who is investigating the reasons behind party’s declining appeal to ethnic minority voters, said it would be “disingenuous” to deny there was an issue to be tackled in regards to Jew-hatred.

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MPs urge TFL to review procedures after unauthorised anti-Israel adverts appeared on tube trains

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2016

Transport for London has been urged to outline the measures it will take to stop unauthorised anti-Israel posters appearing on the tube network in future.

Labour MPs Tulip Siddiq and Wes Streeting have today written to the transport group’s managing director to ask for a clearer response to this week’s spate of “subvertisements” on trains in the capital.

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'We must remain to help Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2016

Britain must remain in the European Union to protect Israel and combat terrorism, according to one of the most senior Jewish Conservatives.

Robert Halfon, the party's deputy chairman, said he was "frightened" of the prospects for the West, for Israel and for Jews in the face of rising Islamism and "the revival of antisemitism".

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House of Lords told there is a ‘double standard’ in universities’ treatment of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2016

Politicians must help eradicate the "double standards" which British universities impose against Israel, it has been claimed.

Lord Grade told a House of Lords debate that "bigotry" was being incited on campuses in Britain and highlighted the funding of academia by what he said were countries with "abhorrent" human rights records.

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