Marcus Dysch

Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Noshers hold-up: He battered both of them

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

A fishmonger has described how he fought off a gunman during an armed robbery at his delicatessen.

Adam Bernholt was working alone at his Noshers Smoked Salmon Company shop in Edgware when two robbers came in, pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.

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The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.

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Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".

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An early chance to pass out with honours

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The efforts of the country's most dedicated Jewish students will be recognised at an awards night on Sunday.

It will be the third time the Union of Jewish Students has held the annual dinner and ceremony.

More than 50 candidates from JSocs across Britain have been nominated in eight categories for the Camden event.

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Interfaith work is under way

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Jewish and Muslim students collaborated to promote volunteering work at the University of East London.

Elie Gottlieb, a second year psychology student, set up a multi-coloured dome on the university's Docklands campus to encourage others to sign up for interfaith projects with the Coexistence Trust.

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Purim party marks first meeting

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Sari and Gary McWhir were among more than 400 students and young professionals enjoying Purim in Seville with the European Centre for Jewish Students.

The couple met at ECJS' Purim event in Milan in 2008 and are now married. They are expecting their first child this summer.

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New UJS team ready to get to work

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has put together its new executive team to start work on campuses around the country later this year.

Dozens of candidates applied for the available positions, which cover all aspects of Jewish life on campus.

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Campus notebook: JSOC visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

● Bristol JSoc members took part in a range of events this term, including a visit from UJS education and programmes director Richard Verber.

He joined JSoc's regular Nosh and Natter lunch. Around 15 members heard Israeli historian Tom Segev talk about Simon Wiesenthal.

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No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.

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Dialogue worked - threats did not

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A group of Israeli students are celebrating the "phenomenal" success of their tour of British universities.

The 25 students made up part of the largest pro-active pro-Israel campaign in recent years and travelled to campuses in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham on a "battle bus" to mark Israel Awareness Week.

Individual university Jewish Societies also ran their own events.

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British-Israeli modelling herself on Miss World

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A British-Israeli model is hoping to capture the hearts of a nation in the final of the Miss Israel competition.

Channy Maccabee, 23, wants to emulate previous winner Linor Abargil, who went on to become Miss World.

Ms Maccabee will go head-to-head with 19 others in Haifa on Tuesday.

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Armed robbery at Edgware kosher deli

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

Staff at a kosher delicatessen were held up at gunpoint during an armed robbery this morning.

Police were called to Noshers Smoked Salmon Company in Edgware, north west London, at around 8.45am after two men threatened them with a handgun and demanded money.

Firearms officers arrived at the scene but the men had already fled empty-handed after staff refused to hand over cash.

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Israeli students take battle bus to war on campuses

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2011

The largest pro-active pro-Israel campus campaign in years has been launched by a group of young Israelis and the Union of Jewish Students.

A group of 25 Israeli students will spend the next week touring British universities on a "battle bus" after volunteering to lead the fight against anti-Israel activity at student unions.

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Online advance for Israel advocacy event

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A website has been launched to allow supporters to register for Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference.

The Bicom-organised event, Winning Britain back for Israel, takes place in London on May 15 and encourages friends of Israel to combat the growth of anti-Israel activity in the UK.

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UJIA chair threats to sue over resignation petition

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A petition calling for the resignation of UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken criticism of Israel has been closed after he threatened to sue its creator.

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'Death threats' against interfaith man

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A leading interfaith organisation has condemned death threats against an imam who preached evolution and supports women's rights.

Usama Hasan was threatened after Muslim protesters disrupted a lecture he was giving last month, calling for his execution.

The Woolf Institute's Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish relations said hatred should make way for debate.

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Edinburgh Students Union votes for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Students at Edinburgh University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a boycott of Israeli goods.

On Monday, around 270 backed a boycott motion with only 20 voting against it. Israeli products will not be sold in student union shops, and they will encourage suppliers to stop using Israeli products.

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Campaigners attack Johannesburg Uni's Israel links

By Moira Schneider and Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Campaigners encouraging the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to break its ties with Israel's Ben Gurion University (BGU) have released a "damning" report of the relationship between the institutions.

The report documents what it calls BGU's "direct and indirect role in further entrenching the violations of human rights and international law by the Israeli state".

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Team effort puts Liverpool back on map

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A Chinese-themed charity ball helped Liverpool JSoc's committee end its year in office in style.

The ball was the culmination of a year of hard work which has seen the society re-establish the city as a popular venue for Jewish students.

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