Marcus Dysch

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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Campus notebook: St Andrew's first Northern Region Weekend

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

● St Andrews JSoc hosted its first Northern Region Weekend, welcoming students from universities across Scotland and north east England.

The weekend commenced with Friday night dinner, with both an Orthodox and a Progressive service available. After dinner students took to the beach for a game of frisbee.

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Surprise for long-serving chaplain

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A surprise party was held in honour of a popular university chaplain's decade of service.

Rabbi Gavin Broder has spent the past 10 years working to help thousands of Jewish students in London.

More than 120 current and former students took part in the evening, held in Golders Green earlier this month.

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Bicom aims to win back Israel in UK

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Britain's largest-ever conference to promote support for Israel will take place in the spring, encouraging the Jewish community and friends of Israel to "turn back the negative tide".

The event - Winning Britain back for Israel - will be held in central London on May 15.

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Book Week turns a page by celebrating a record year

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson brought a record-breaking Jewish Book Week to a close with a lively debate on Jewish life in Britain.

The nine-day festival ended on Sunday with a sell-out crowd hearing Mr Jacobson in conversation with journalist Jonathan Freedland.

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Guardian stands by 'antisemitic' Caryl Churchill play

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

The Guardian has said it will not remove a recording of the controversial play Seven Jewish Children from its website, despite renewed criticism that the piece echoes the blood libel.

Caryl Churchill's script, written after the Gaza conflict in January 2009, was denounced by many as antisemitic.

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Neighbour 'poisoned my hedge'

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

A decade-long dispute between two neighbours moved from their gardens to a courtroom this week amid allegations that one man poisoned the other's hedge during a middle-of-the-night attack.

The families, both Jewish, are said to have repeatedly clashed over parking, rubbish and boundary disputes at their homes.

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Israel and Britain. Just good friends?

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Unfortunately I missed this yesterday, but Ben Brogan had a fascinating piece in the Telegraph looking at Britain’s relationship with Israel.

As well as some interesting insight into the position of William Hague and the Foreign Office, Ben considers the delegitimisation campaign and the “perversion of the narrative”.

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Chabad growth leads way to Europe

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

The number of organisations offering Jewish students activities and assistance on campus has grown dramatically in the past five years.

Chabad is at the forefront of the boom.

Alongside groups such as Jeneration and Tribe, the Lubavitch movement has expanded its operations to more than a dozen campuses.

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Serving up a treat: Kosher meals are hot stuff in Oxford

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Finding a kosher meal while living away from home at university can often be a struggle - but not in Oxford.

Students in the city are able to tuck in to quality kosher meat meals thanks to a combined effort from UJS Hillel, the University Jewish Chaplaincy and the local community.

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One for the pulper

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2011

Clare Solomon had a busy winter – apologising for making apparently antisemitic remarks on Facebook, proposing herself as a leader of the student fees protests-cum-riots, and being mauled by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight in

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