Marcus Dysch

Blood libel cleric Raed Salah was wronged, says Baroness Tonge

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

Blood libel cleric Raed Salah should be invited to London to take part in a peace conference for Israelis and Palestinians, a House of Lords debate has heard.

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Horsemeat crisis prompts kosher sales surge

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

The head of the Manchester Beth Din has said that the Food Standards Agency and meat companies could “learn a lot” from kosher producers.

The horsemeat scandal has provided an unprecedented boost for kosher meat suppliers, with butchers reporting “booming” business as consumers turn to guaranteed safe sources.

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Making more of Holocaust Memorial Day

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

A student who revolutionised her university’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities says she “felt obliged” to help.

Hava Kranat was surprised when she first attended Warwick University’s HMD service two years ago and found it was a simple candle-lit vigil attended by around 20 people.

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Student teacher speaks out for Israel at ‘extreme’ debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

An anti-Israel event held in the heart of London’s Jewish community spurred a group of students to organise a counter-protest and redress the balance.

Ben Rosenberg and members of Middlesex University’s Jewish Society handed out leaflets supporting Israel outside the university in Hendon.

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Oxfam training begins

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

Thirty volunteers have taken part in the first training session for the Board of Deputies’ controversial joint anti-hunger project with Oxfam.

At last weekend’s training camp the volunteers worked with activists from Oxfam, World Jewish Relief and Tzedek to learn about schemes to reduce hunger and arrange better distribution of food resources.

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Cameron: help me kick Hizbollah out of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

David Cameron has asked the Jewish community to help him persuade the European Union to proscribe Hizbollah.

At his meeting last month with the Jewish Leadership Council, the Prime Minister urged its members to “make a noise” and lead a grassroots campaign calling for the EU to take action against the Iranian-backed terror group.

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Campus notebook: Leeds students launch video campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

● Students from Leeds JSoc have set up a video campaign to remember victims of terrorist attacks on Israel and to combat anti-Israel activity on campus.

The Justice for January’s victims film features JSoc members displaying different dates from the month and stating how many people were killed in terrorist acts in Israel on that date during the past 20 years.

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Rise in antisemitism makes 2012 third worst year on record

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2013

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose slightly last year, making 2012 the third worst year on record.

Figures released by the Community Security Trust show there were 640 reported attacks against Jews, up from 608 the previous year and representing a national increase of five per cent year-on-year.

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Jewish divorce ruled OK in landmark High Court decision

By Marcus Dysch, February 1, 2013

A landmark legal ruling has seen the High Court refer a Jewish divorce case to a Beth Din for arbitration for the first time.

The decision, the first of its kind in England and Wales, saw a get - a Jewish divorce - given by the New York Beth Din approved by Mr Justice Baker.

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Spot the difference?

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

The comments made by the Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman in relation to the Jewish Leadership Council this week were shocking and bizarre.

Mr Wineman is the leading elected representative of the British Jewish community.

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BBYO reaches out to Europe

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

Bulgaria sent two participants to the annual BBYO winter camp for the first time.

The teenagers, from Sofia, joined around 80 youngsters and the organisation’s United States-based international president at the annual event, held in Hampshire.

The programme works to strengthen students’ Jewish and Zionist identities.

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Deputies’ dilemma: on or off the microphone?

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

A compromise agreement which allows speakers at Board of Deputies meetings to “opt-out” of appearing on live internet streams of discussions has been widely criticised.

There was confusion among deputies at Sunday’s plenary meeting when Board president Vivian Wineman and technicians operating the live stream attempted to explain the broadcasting process.

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Board president says Jewish Leadership Council not democratic

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

The row over who leads Anglo-Jewry has been reignited after the Board of Deputies president claimed some Jewish Leadership Council members were only invited to a meeting with the Prime Minister earlier this month because of their wealth.

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New Oxfam twist as Board of Deputies' funding threatened

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

The Board of Deputies’ controversial joint anti-hunger project with Oxfam could have serious financial repercussions for the Jewish organisation, it was claimed this week.

Many United Synagogue congregants — furious over the link with what they regard as an anti-Israel NGO— have threatened to withhold their voluntary communal levy fees which go towards the running of the Board.

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Teen antisemitic ‘joke’ spurs Holocaust education programme

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

A teenager’s antisemitic email to an online Jewish group has spurred his school into extending its Holocaust education programme.

The founders of a Toronto-based website, which alerts subscribers to bereavements, were shocked to see a message entitled “Nazis Rule!” declaring “Go and get locked up in those chambers you smelly big nose clowns!”

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A changed Board?

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2013

I've been attending and reporting on Board of Deputies meetings for a couple of years.

At my first meeting the biggest surprise came when I discovered that, far from being the august, grand debating chamber of the community that I had expected it to be, the Board plenary was more akin to a shouty shul council meeting a with a bit of a Vicar of Dibley-style shambles thrown in.

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Board of Deputies votes in favour of Oxfam project

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2013

A controversial joint anti-hunger project between the Board of Deputies and Oxfam will go ahead after deputies voted in favour of the scheme.

The Grow/Tatzmiach programme will bring Jewish campaigners together with experts from the NGO to tackle injustices in the international food system.

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Kosher meat protected from horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

There is no danger of horse DNA being found in kosher meat, consumers have been told following the scandal which hit non-kosher products this week.

Horse DNA and traces of pork were found in beefburgers sold in major British supermarkets, including Tesco, and produced by an Irish abattoir which was once a leading kosher meat facility. Much of the meat was subsequently withdrawn from sale.

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David Cameron's assurances on boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has reassured Jewish community leaders of the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel and determination to protect religious slaughter.

In a Downing Street meeting last Thursday, Mr Cameron also told members of the Jewish Leadership Council about the government’s position on the Iranian nuclear threat.

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BBC backs anti-Israel activist claim

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint from a leading anti-Israel activist that a Radio 4 report inaccurately described the impact of the creation of Israel on Palestinians.

A “lack of clarity” had been evident in the coverage of West Bank protests last May which marked “Nakba Day”, when Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel, the BBC investigation found.

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