Marcus Dysch

Apology for textbook Israel ‘mistake’

By Marcus Dysch, January 3, 2013

The publishers of a college textbook have apologised for a book used to teach English to foreign students, containing an image erasing Israel from a map of the Middle East.

Skills in English: Writing Level 1 displayed a diagram showing Israel and the Palestinian territories as one country titled “Occupied Palestine”.

A Jewish teacher in Nottingham saw the error and complained.

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Shomrim help thwart Golders Green credit card scammer

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2012

The community has been warned to be on guard against gangs that target Jewish pensioners and families in a major credit-card scam.

Volunteers from the Shomrim community security group thwarted an attempted fraud in Golders Green last week. They were called as scammers worked to trick a couple into handing over credit cards and PIN details.

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Veolia pulls out of waste bid contract

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.

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Pendle twins with West Bank town of Beit Lid

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

It is best known for its association with the infamous witch trials of the 17th century, but the Lancashire area of Pendle has now set its sights on a new scapegoat – Israel.

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Triumphant thalidomide campaigners receive funding

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

An £80 million grant will help thalidomide victims cope with the physical and mental demands on their lives, according to a Jewish survivor of the scandal.

The government has announced that money will be provided to more than 300 victims over the next 10 years. The thalidomide victims’ needs are expected to increase as they reach their 50s.

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Union of Jewish Students quits Camden for JW3 site

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has agreed a deal to move its headquarters to the new Jewish Community Centre, JW3 in north London.

The student group will run its operations from offices on the first floor of the 10-storey residential tower at the JW3 site in Swiss Cottage.

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Veolia withdraws from waste authority bid

By Marcus Dysch, December 21, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.

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Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.

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Synagogue appoints first female halachic adviser

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

Days before his selection as chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis appointed Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser at Finchley Synagogue in London.

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Amnesty International orders official Kristyan Benedict to apologise for 'antisemitic' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

An Amnesty International disciplinary process has concluded that a senior official’s tweet about three Jewish MPs was “inappropriate and offensive”, but not antisemitic.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza last month.

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Student Joe Tarsh wins race to be next UJS president

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

A youth and community work student has been elected as the next president of the Union of Jewish Students.

Joe Tarsh said he would work to “build inclusivity” at the union and introduce services including open surgeries for students to raise concerns and suggest ideas for UJS to develop.

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High Court quashes Hillsborough inquest verdicts

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2012

A panel of High Court judges has ruled that new inquests will take place into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans in the Hillsborough disaster.

The findings of the original coroner, Stefan Popper, were quashed after the judges said new evidence was sufficient to justify rejecting his verdicts.

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Fraternities offer a new way of getting involved

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2012

It is nearly 100 years old, is run from global headquarters in Indianapolis, and counts Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Richman among its alumni.

But the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity has swapped California and New York for Yorkshire and the Midlands as it successfully develops chapters for Jewish students on British campuses.

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Entering the Hull of fame

By Marcus Dysch, December 10, 2012

Hull’s new rabbi is being credited with rejuvenating the city’s Hebrew Congregation.

Since Rabbi Naftoli Lifschitz began work at the Orthodox synagogue at Rosh Hashanah, there has been a surge in the numbers taking part in services and communal activities.

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Joey Barton weighs in on middle-east conflict

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Footballer Joey Barton has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “sit down and man up” to end the conflict.

Writing in the Big Issue, the Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder, currently on-loan to French side Marseille, claimed Israel did not have the right to defend itself simply “because a book said so”.

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Anti-Israel activist Carole Swords wins appeal

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been cleared of hitting a Jewish man during a boycott protest.

Carole Swords, former chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, successfully appealed against a public order offence conviction which followed the pair clashing in a Tesco Metro store.

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Campus Notebook

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

● Chanucah packs have been distributed to Liberal Jewish students on 36 campuses in time for the festival.

Liberal Judaism sent out 250 packs, each containing a menorah, candles, dreidel, Chanucah gelt, and messages from chaplain Rabbi Ariel Friedlander and student rabbi Benji Stanley.

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University students quit after ‘toxic’ antisemitism in Edinburgh

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair, it was claimed this week.

Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials.

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Arab lobbyist wooed pro-Assad Syrians

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

The director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) worked to bring a delegation of pro-Assad Syrian politicians to Britain just months before the outbreak of violence in Syria.

Emails sent by Chris Doyle, seen by the JC, reveal his involvement in plans to organise meetings between the Syrian MPs and their British counterparts in August 2010.

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Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.

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