Marcus Dysch

Board of Deputies to vote on live-streaming

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

A decision whether to continue live streaming of Board of Deputies meetings will be taken next month.

There has been confusion among deputies about the broadcasting process following its introduction last year.

Deputies who do not want to be shown online have the option of speaking at a mic which cannot be heard outside the meeting room and from a position which is hidden from the camera.

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Hizbollah row may lead to Irish cabinet split

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

The Irish Defence Minister may have created a potential domestic dispute with government colleagues after suggesting it was “not valid” to differentiate between Hizbollah’s political and military wings.

Alan Shatter appeared to depart from government policy by questioning the separation of the Iranian-backed terror group’s wings by a number of European governments

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Planning laws cause havoc in Hackney

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Strictly Orthodox Jews and their non-Jewish neighbours are at loggerheads over new planning legislation which insiders claim could destroy communal harmony.

The row in Hackney, north London, was sparked by government plans to relax planning laws and allow local groups to apply for powers to permit development without the need for local authorities to grant permission.

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Former spies discuss Israel, Iran and Middle East at Zionist Federation dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Israel faces a series of extreme challenges in the changing Middle East but can overcome the threat of a nuclear Iran, former intelligence chiefs have claimed.

Efraim Halevy, former Mossad director and ex-chief of Israel’s National Security Council, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, discussed a wide range of issues affecting the region at the Zionist Federation annual dinner.

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BBC insists: UN wrong, Israel killed Gaza baby

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The BBC has contested the findings of a United Nations report into an explosion that killed the baby son of one of the corporation’s correspondents.

Jihad Mashhrawi’s 11-month-old son Omar was killed after Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza in November last year.

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Former JSoc president to lead LSE student union

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

A former Jewish Society president has been elected to run the London School of Economics’ Students’ Union.

Jay Stoll won the battle to be the next general secretary of LSE SU following an election race which featured apparently antisemitic remarks made against him.

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Concern over Ed Miliband's Zionist credentials

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The Zionist beliefs of Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, are mired in confusion after the Labour Party leader — who is Jewish — said at a public meeting that he was a Zionist, only for his office then to deny he had said any such thing.

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Review: Matisyahu

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

It is hard to believe that the clean-shaven, casually-dressed singer on the stage is the same man who once performed in a dark suit, Chasidic beard and black hat.

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Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended over 'Jewish conspiracy' claim

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party after apparently claiming a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for his imprisonment for causing a fatal car crash.

He allegedly made the comments in an television interview in Pakistan in April last year.

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Ed Miliband: 'I'm a Zionist and oppose boycotts of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ed Miliband has pledged to protect Jewish customs including brit milah and shechita if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at a Board of Deputies event the Labour leader said he was opposed to boycotts of Israel and warned of the need to be “ever-vigilant”against antisemitism.

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Teen burglar sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

A teenager stole games consoles, a laptop computer and an iPod from a friend’s flat while on bail for breaking into a synagogue.

Uriel Broder this week admitted taking the items from the property in Golders Green, north west London, three days before Yom Kippur last year.

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Don’t worry, latkes will be back in April

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Kosher latke lovers have avoided further catastrophe after it was revealed that the disappearance of the frozen mini potato products from Tesco stores is only temporary.

The London Beth Din-supervised kosher mini-latkes are thought to be the only mass-produced version of the fried treat still on sale in this country.

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Scottish minister’s pledge

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Scotland’s Education Secretary has pledged to do more to protect Jewish students on university campuses in the country.

Mike Russell, who holds the education portfolio in First Minister Alex Salmond’s cabinet, told a Jewish community delegation that there was no place for intimidation at universities.

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Student group's ‘unforgettable experience’ at Ukraine orphanage

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Dozens of students travelled to Ukraine to volunteer on a mission to help Jewish orphans and abandoned children.

The Genesis Challenge weekend, run by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange, saw 56 Jewish students from across Britain visit Odessa to work with the Tikva charity. It provides care and homes for deprived youngsters.

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Yachad: ZF acting like 'Zionist police'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

The Zionist Federation rejected a membership application from Yachad because the grass-roots advocacy group had not done enough to show vocal support for Israel, it was claimed this week.

ZF chairman Paul Charney had initially said there were “no grounds” for not accepting the Yachad application, which was rejected following a ZF national council vote.

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Clog classes a hit as revellers go Dutch

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Students from 30 countries around Europe took part in a weekend of Purim activities in Amsterdam.

The annual European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) Purim on the Rocks event featured a visit to the city’s famous Dam Square and a boat ride along the canals.

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How Dublin's hi-tech invasion is leaving Irish eyes smiling

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ireland has shed its reputation as a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, according to the republic’s only Jewish minister.

Alan Shatter, Minister of Justice, Equality and Defence, and one of Israel’s most outspoken defenders in Ireland, said the public hostility of recent years had now been replaced with a pragmatic realism, giving Israel supporters cause for hope rather than despair.

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Police officer admits Israeli embassy misconduct charge

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2013

A police officer has admitted wilful misconduct after abandoning his duties when he was meant to be protecting the Israeli embassy in London.

Ricci Giff gave up his firearm and his CS spray while working for the diplomatic protection group outside the embassy in Kensington in 2011.

It is believed that he handed the weapon and the spray to an unknown person.

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Manchester Hillel ‘hits rock bottom’

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

Manchester Hillel House is to close next year following a dramatic fall in applications from Jewish students seeking kosher accommodation.

Once one of the country’s leading centres of Jewish student life, the home has suffered from a significant decrease in young Jews moving to the city in recent years and has now “hit rock bottom”.

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David Ward needs immediate discipline, Lib Dem Friends of Israel tell Clegg

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel have thrown into doubt plans for MP David Ward's rehabilitation after referring the case back to party leaders with a recommendation for "further disciplinary action".

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