Marcus Dysch

Stormont hosts anti-racist forum

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Political leaders joined a reception at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss combating antisemitism.

The Stormont event was organised by the Westminster-based All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism to promote cross-party action.

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Former EDL Jewish leader claims Islamic centre 'could lead to attacks'

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The leader of an extreme right-wing Jewish group has been condemned for claiming that a proposed Muslim community centre would lead to attacks on Jews.

Roberta Moore, head of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League, wrote to Camden Council complaining about the proposed conversion of a shop in Cricklewood, north London.

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Chaplaincy: Demand grows on universities' guardian angels

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Few Jewish organisations in Britain have the geographical reach achieved by University Jewish Chaplaincy.

Chaplaincy families work to help thousands of students around the country every year with issues ranging from a desire to have a Friday night dinner, to serious health problems and even criminal matters.

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Lament for the lost latkes

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Latke lovers are in crisis after food company Rakusen’s shelved Britain’s most popular kosher frozen potato products.

Fans of the treat have said that Chanucah will never be the same after Rakusen’s ended production of its Mister Rak’s range.

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Israel hit by dozens of rockets from Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2012

Dozens of rockets were fired on southern Israel by terrorists in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, injuring five people.

Three farm workers, believed to be from Thailand, were reported to have been hurt when one of more than 60 missiles struck the area in which they were working in the Eshkol region.

Israel’s Iron Dome defence system intercepted around seven rockets.

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Football fan 'let off' for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

An anti-racism group has condemned a Premier League football club for the punishment imposed on a fan who made Nazi salutes at a match.

The 39-year-old supporter was arrested on suspicion of racial and religious harassment the day after the clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in August.

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Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.

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Brick Lane mural gets partial whitewash

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

A controversial mural which was likened to antisemitic propaganda has been repeatedly defaced, but has yet to be fully removed.

Freedom for Humanity was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End last month by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.

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Court rejects attempt to halt school building

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Campaigners opposed to a Jewish free school opening on the site of a former Mill Hill garden centre have lost a High Court application for an injunction to halt building work.

Construction of the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary is under way, with the centre’s glass roofs due to be removed before the end of the month.

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No half measures as blood donor plan grows

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Personal tragedy has prompted a Jewish student to set up two charitable schemes that have received national acclaim.

Abigail Kay’s mother, Carol, died in December last year after a long battle with cancer. During the course of her treatment, Mrs Kay required regular blood transfusions.

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New JSocs prove size does not matter

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Two of the country’s newest, and smallest, Jewish Societies are enjoying success less than a year after being set up.

Loughborough University now has its first JSoc, founded by second year student Laura Baker.

The 19-year-old said she was spurred into action after being disappointed at last year’s Freshers’ Fair.

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Race is on to be Union of Jewish Students president

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

The battle to be the next president of the Union of Jewish Students is already under way, just a month into the new academic year.

The nomination process has been launched by UJS, with campaigning due to begin on November 19 and voting to be completed by December 16, when the result will be announced at the UJS annual conference.

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Amnesty is ‘fair and balanced’ says Israeli

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

The co-director of a leading left-wing Israeli peace group has claimed a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians cannot now be achieved.

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Steward loses unfair dismissal case against British Airways

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

A Jewish air steward sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault on a colleague has lost an unfair dismissal claim against the airline.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of antisemitic abuse, following a row in a New York bar as a BA flight crew discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.

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Teenage shul burglars get four months

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

Two teenagers who burgled a synagogue and stole the keys to a congregant’s car have been ordered to spend four months in a young offenders’ institute.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north west London, and rifled through lockers.

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Conservative and Labour MPs take part in new Israel missions

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The government has “no truck with those who seek to delegitimise Israel”, Foreign Secretary William Hague told activists at the Conservative Party conference this week.

Mr Hague said the government would never waver in its support for peace and security for Israel, and suggested the peace process could be resurrected.

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Remains of missing Israeli soldier Majdi Halabi found

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The body of an Israeli soldier has been found more than seven years after he went missing while on a hike.

Majdi Halabi was 19 when he was last seen on May 24 2005, near Mount Carmel.

Remains found in nearby Daliyat al-Karmel three weeks ago were forensically tested, and DNA evidence has now confirmed they are those of Private Halabi.

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First Israeli student to receive scholarship at British university

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The first scholarship programme to support an Israeli at a British university has welcomed its inaugural student.

Elad Almog will spend a year studying for a Masters in international hotel and tourism marketing at Oxford Brookes University as part of the Scholarship for Israel scheme.

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BBC-monitoring site is launched

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

A new website is to monitor the BBC’s coverage of events in Israel.

BBC Watch is the sister site of the United States-based CiF Watch blog which tackles the Guardian’s reports on Israel and the Palestinians.

The new site launched on Wednesday and will fact-check stories produced by BBC journalists and “correct misinformation before it spreads worldwide”.

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Union rejects Palestine Solidarity Campaign link

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a proposal to affiliate with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Napo - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated a motion at its annual general meeting in Torquay.

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