Marcus Dysch

Business leaders offer internships

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Businessman and philanthropist Sir Trevor Chinn was guest speaker at a career networking event run by the Union of Jewish Students, University Jewish Chaplaincy and TrainE-TraidE.

The evening, held in central London, was attended by more than 150 students looking for jobs and internships. They were given the opportunity to meet around 50 professionals from a range of industries.

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Beards set to raise charity funds

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

A group of students and youth organisation workers will raise money for charity by being sponsored to grow their beards during the Omer.

Members of Marom, Noam, RSY-Netzer, and LJY-Netzer hope to replicate the success of "Movember", the moustache-growing cancer fundraiser held every November.

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Steel city celebration

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Sheffield JSoc members have enjoyed a successful term of events, culminating with a visit to a film screening.

They watched Anita, a film about the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Argentina, which was shown as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Events since January have included four Friday night Shabbat dinners hosted at Hillel House.

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New team

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

St Andrews' Jewish Society has elected its new committee.

Elliott Miskin and Molly Cram become co-presidents of the society, which has seen an increasing number of students sign up and take part in events this year.

Dalia Cohen takes on the role of secretary, Jillian Levick and Jeremy Hipps become Shabbat officers and Sarah Weingarten will act as treasurer.

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Ashton: EU did not fund apartheid week

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The European Union has distanced itself from claims that it supported Israel Apartheid Week events at a Dutch university.

Shimon Samuels, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, wrote to EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton urging her to condemn IAW campaigns following the launch of a book about Palestinian refugees in The Hague last week.

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Students meet the Zionists at NUS conference event

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students hosted a fringe event at the National Union of Students conference on Tuesday, inviting students to "meet the Zionists".

Alex Dwek, UJS chair, said Zionism was "central to the majority of Jewish students", but added that the term "Zionist" had been hijacked in political and media circles.

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We can learn from Ulster, says Israel's Prosor

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor tackled university chiefs during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland in which he also met councillors who support anti-Israel activity.

He met Queen's University vice-chancellor Peter Gregson and other academics in Belfast on Wednesday to discuss how lessons from the Irish peace process could benefit the Middle East.

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Students elect two who back Caliphate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "unacceptable" that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by the University of Westminster Students' Union despite the NUS's no-platform policy for the radical group. UWSU does not implement the NUS ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Pesach produce for Jewish troops

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Packs of kosher-for-Pesach provisions have been sent around the world to Jewish troops serving in the British armed forces.

Pesach foods including matzah, powdered chicken soup, cake, biscuits, charoset and grape juice have been dispatched to at least 20 people, including servicemen and women in Afghanistan and other Jewish staff in Germany and the Falklands.

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England footballers line up against hate chants

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

A short film featuring England footballers has been launched to tackle antisemitic abuse and chants in the beautiful game.

The Y Word, written by comedian David Baddiel and his writer brother Ivor, highlights the use of the word "Yid" and fans hissing to imitate gas chambers at matches.

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London's Westminster university votes in Islamic extremism linked leaders

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is “unacceptable” that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a university student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by University of Westminster Students’ Union members despite the NUS’s no-platform policy for the radical group.

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Police looking for Mud Club founder abusers

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2011

Socialite Philip Sallon is recovering after he suffered a fractured skull in an assault.

Mr Sallon was punched, kicked and stamped on after being approached by two men in Piccadilly Circus in the early hours of April 2.

A fixture on the London club scene, Mr Sallon is renowned for his flamboyant dress sense.

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Let's be twins, Irish council asks Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2011

Northern Ireland's smallest district council has agreed to explore the possibility of twinning with Gaza, sparking a war of words among local politicians and residents.

Moyle, in County Antrim, is home to just 17,000 people. Councillors voted last week in favour of a twinning project with Gaza City, and will now investigate possible link-ups.

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Viral videos propel pair to campus stardom

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Home-made comedy music videos made by two Jewish students about life on campus have taken the university community by storm.

Nic Gilbert and Jonathan Kogan's viral clips have received 100,000 hits on YouTube from students across the country.

The pair, both aged 22 and from Totteridge in north London, are now completing their latest film which looks at life after graduation.

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UJS awards recognise top student achievers

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc honour, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.

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Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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Let Kaufman be the last, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

MPs have urged the Labour Party to tackle the issue of offensive comments made by MPs, following Sir Gerald Kaufman's "the Jews again" comment last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd and the party's chief whip to ask what will be done to stop future remarks.

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Winners: Jewish students - all for one and one for all

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

It's not easy being a Jewish student at a British university.

Nights of celebration and recognition from your peers and elders must seem a long way off when you are forced to spend part of your campus experience being physically or verbally abused for either simply being Jewish, or defending Israel.

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