Marcus Dysch

Double vision safeguards north east chaplaincy role

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2012

A unique partnership will allow Jewish students in the north east of England to benefit from the services of a chaplain for the foreseeable future.

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey will combine his role at Newcastle's United Hebrew Congregation with work for the University Jewish Chaplaincy to cover campuses in Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside.

Local community members, working with the Represent

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Ken defends record against 'tissue of lies'

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

Ken Livingstone has said the capital's Jewish community "should be celebrated" and promised to work to defend Jewish rights if elected as London's Mayor next week.

Addressing a London Jewish Forum lunch in Hampstead on Tuesday, Mr Livingstone took issue with his critics.

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Leeds' Levi sues Ken Bates again

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A former Leeds United director is seeking damages from the club's current chairman, Ken Bates, over alleged harassment. Melvyn Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Part of the claim - being heard at Leeds County Court - rests on comments made by Mr Bates in the club's matchday programme.

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Amnesty chief stands by its work on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

The director of Amnesty International UK has staunchly defended the charity's approach to Israel and the Palestinians amid claims that it repeatedly displays anti-Israel bias.

Kate Allen said she was "very proud" of Amnesty's work, which has drawn widespread criticism from groups supporting Israel.

She denied that reports produced by Amnesty, and events it had hosted about the conflict, had

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Labour Jews still critical but endorse Ken Livingstone with a week to go

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A group of prominent Jewish Labour supporters who expressed their concerns about Ken Livingstone have now endorsed his candidacy for London Mayor.

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World aid charity is up for promotion

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

International development charity Tzedek has stepped up its efforts on campuses with sessions introducing students to the organisation's projects.

Tzedek's campus worker Hannah Gaventa toured universities to discuss volunteering and vocational training schemes in Africa and Asia with students.

Hannah said: "This year students will work with local NGOs in Tamale, northern Ghana.

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Where to meet Monroe and the apes

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

There cannot be many 85-year-old Bafta winners who spend their time hanging pictures on walls in renovated basements.

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UK terror victims can claim compensation

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

British victims of terrorist attacks abroad can now apply for compensation as part of a new government scheme.

The Ministry of Justice announced the plan on Monday and confirmed that people injured in attacks in Israel could apply.

The scheme will initially consider applications from those injured in six serious terror attacks - including the atrocities in Mumbai in 2008 and Bali in 2002 - b

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Sizer: I am ready to meet the Board of Deputies any time

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A decision on whether or not to charge a Church of England vicar with incitement to racial hatred is expected to be made before the end of the month, Surrey police have told the JC.

Reverend Stephen Sizer posted a link from a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Police are investigating the case after a complaint was made last month

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Scottish National Party drops foul- mouth ranter

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A council election candidate who made dozens of offensive remarks about Jews, Muslims, immigrants, women and homosexuals, has resigned from the Scottish National Party.

Lyall Duff repeatedly posted comments online attacking people from all backgrounds and religions, and on topics including football, guns, terror attacks, disabilities and illegal car repairs.

He had been due to stand as an SN

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Settlers fail to settle Conservative MP Brazier

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A Conservative MP who claimed Israel was "whipping up feeling" against British troops has said he stands by his comments.

Julian Brazier met eight activists, including supporters of Israel and leaders of the British Israel Coalition, in a specially arranged meeting at Parliament.

Among those at the meeting were leaders of the Shomron Liaison Office, which represents Jewish communities in the

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Soccer fan banned for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A football fan who gave a Nazi salute and promoted the English Defence League has been banned from football matches for three years.

Lincoln City supporter Peter Briggs was involved in incidents at matches between 2009 and February this year.

During a game against Stockport in January 2011, Briggs unfurled a flag carrying the words: "Lincoln City Youth, EDL, No Surrender".

Lincoln Magistr

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'You don't defend Israel properly'

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A leading pro-Israel activist believes the mainstream Jewish community "cannot be trusted" to defend Israel and claims non-Jews are now leading the way in combating delegitimisation efforts.

Sam Westrop, a founder of the British Israel Coalition (BIC), said the community was often "paralysed" because it could not agree on positions to take on issues affecting Israel.

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Drake's "re-barmitzvah"

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

Canadian rapper Drake is one of the hottest names in the music industry at the moment.

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Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t

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Is Israel also responsible for the dying of the sun, Mr Brazier?

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A Conservative MP has blamed Israel for "whipping up feeling" against British troops in Afghanistan, the election of extremists in Egypt, and Iran's threat to close a vital oil route.

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, made the claims in a letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Mr Brazier raised the issue of local authority tendering regulations before digressing into a

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The Sheikh, the minister and the shambles

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

What a mess.

From start to finish Raed Salah's deportation has been an utter shambles. The latest ruling – this time from the Upper Immigration Tribunal – arguably only deepens the sense that the authorities have lost control of the case.

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Blood libel cleric Salah told: you're welcome to stay

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

Senior judges have ruled that a leading Islamic political activist is free to stay in Britain despite having given a sermon in which he invoked the antisemitic blood libel.

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Paddick condemns Labour over Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats' London mayoral election candidate, said this week that his Labour opponent had used "dog- whistle tactics to play divide and rule" and declared: "Labour should be ashamed to have him as a candidate".

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Irish Justice Minister is targeted on YouTube

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

The video-sharing site YouTube has closed the account of a user who posted antisemitic clips attacking the Irish Justice Minister.Alan Shatter, the only Jewish member of Ireland's lower house of parliament - Dáil Éireann - asked police to investigate. One video claimed he was a "Jewish nation-wrecker" who was "destroying Ireland".

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