Marcus Dysch

Pendle council cancels West Bank twinning plans

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A Lancashire council’s plans to twin with a West Bank town have collapsed after residents voiced overwhelming objections.

Pendle Borough Council had agreed to link up with Beit Lid in a show of solidarity against “Israeli attacks”.

Labour mayor Asjad Mahmood’s casting vote had given the twinning the go-ahead last December.

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Mira Bar-Hillel: 'agents of Israel' attacked me for criticisms of the government

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

A leading property journalist has defended remarks made during a Twitter row in which she admitted being prejudiced towards Jews.

Mira Bar-Hillel, the property and planning correspondent at London’s Evening Standard newspaper, said she believed attacks on her were being co-ordinated by “agents of Israel” and the Jewish community in response to her criticisms of the Israeli government.

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Scottish council's Israel boycott ‘biased and offensive’

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

Supporters of Israel have challenged the legality of a boycott of the country imposed by a Scottish council.

Clackmannanshire Council has not said whether its decision to “resist all economic and political support for Israel” will result in the refusal to hire Israelis, or a ban on pro-Israel public demonstrations taking place in the area.

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Israel apologises to Turkey for Gaza flotilla deaths

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2013

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly apologised to his Turkish counterpart for the deaths of Turkish citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident.

Mr Netanyahu is said to have called Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shortly before US president Barack Obama left Israel on Friday afternoon.

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A strange Seder: this one is vegan... and has bread

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2013

If you think preparing your kitchen for Pesach is a challenge, imagine how much more difficult the festival is for those who avoid not only chametz, but also meat, fish and all dairy products.

For vegans, a Seder plate featuring a tofu version of a lamb shank or chicken neck, is not an unfamiliar sight.

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Warsi warns IDF on deaths

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

The British government has warned Israel about its use of live ammunition following the deaths of a number of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said there were “long-standing concerns about the manner in which the IDF polices the buffer zone between Israel and Gaza”.

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Scottish council imposes boycott of 'apartheid Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

One of Scotland’s smallest councils has implemented a boycott of Israel after comparing the country to apartheid South Africa.

Clackmannanshire Council said it would resist all economic and political support for Israel in order to “end suffering in Palestine”.

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BDS is vehicle to destroy Israel, says new study

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

The boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel is an “antisemitic” vehicle used by those who want to destroy the country, a new report from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre has concluded.

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Israel advocate barred by Yachad after staff insult

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

A pro-Israel activist has accused advocacy group Yachad of hypocrisy after he was banned from a public meeting for sending an abusive email.

Clive Hyman was barred from the meeting after he sent dozens of leading community figures an email which attacked Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld and compared her to a character in a popular cartoon series.

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Obama urges Israelis to push leaders on peace

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

President Barack Obama has told Israelis and Palestinians to demand their political leaders take greater risks to ensure peace.

On the second day of his tour of Israel, Mr Obama spoke of the need to build trust, because "peace is possible".

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Labour peer Lord Ahmed quits interfaith role after 'conspiracy' claims

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party and has resigned from his role with an interfaith foundation after apparently claiming a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for his imprisonment for causing a fatal car crash.

The peer reportedly suggested a Jewish plot against him had followed his support for Palestinians in Gaza.

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Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.

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Obama visits Jerusalem as Israel tour continues

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

Israel President Shimon Peres has welcomed his American counterpart to Jerusalem on the first day of Barack Obama's trip to Israel.

The two heads of state planted a magnolia tree in the gardens of the presidential residence.

Schoolchildren sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

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'Am Yisroel Chai' woman attacked during anti-Israel protest

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

An American woman was assaulted and chased from a park after she wrote “Am Yisrael Chai” on a pavement during an anti-Israel demonstration.

Hannah Larson was kicked, threatened and called a “f***ing whore” during the incident in Oakland, California.

The 22-year-old and a friend were targeted after writing the slogan in chalk, and drawing a derogatory reference to Hamas.

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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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