Marcus Dysch

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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Moyle twins with Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

One of Northern Ireland's smallest towns has officially twinned with Gaza City, after months of political argument.

The chairman of Moyle District Council attended a ceremony in the Palestinian city on Monday night.

Moyle, in County Antrim, has a population of 15,000 and is home to the world-famous Giant's Causeway.

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St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse case appeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

A man who racially abused a Jewish student in his halls of residence has launched an attempt to have his conviction overturned.

Paul Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to community service last September after he was found guilty of attacking Chanan Reitblat at a St Andrews University hall of residence.

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Angels of Mersey

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2012

Among the most valuable work being done to help Jewish students around the country is that of the dozens of chaplaincy families employed by organisations representing all spectrums of Jewish life.

New BBC documentary Angels of Mersey follows chaplains of all religions working in Liverpool. Among them is Rabbi Shmuli Brown, Chabad’s representative at universities in the city.

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Our spicy look at forgotten Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The kosher Curry website was initially born out of a desire to choose and report on a sector of society that had otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream media.

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Our spicy look at forgotten Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The kosher Curry website was initially born out of a desire to choose and report on a sector of society that had otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream media.

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Oxford's new Boat Race cox, Zoe

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

She may be small in stature, but Zoe de Toledo is about to record a giant achievement.

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London Mayor 2012: Green Party's Jenny Jones

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Green Party can be "good for the Jewish community", according to the party's London mayoral election candidate.

Jenny Jones said she believed the party's policies were "balanced" on Israel, but defended the Greens' denunciation of the Jewish National Fund as "racist".

Ms Jones spent time in Israel in the 1990s while studying archaeology as a mature student, and said the experience had he

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Baroness Tonge: I got great support over my Israel line

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Baroness Tonge has told the House of Lords she has received hundreds of letters of support following her resignation of the Liberal Democrat whip last month.

The controversial peer, now sitting as an independent, claimed 700 letters had arrived since she made anti-Israel comments at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

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Leeds JSoc row symbolises wider campus split

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The squabbling over Leeds JSoc's withdrawn invitation to American lawyer Brooke Goldstein is a further symptom of an as yet unreported broiges bubbling away under the surface of intra-community relations.

For some time now the traditional Jewish communal bodies of the Union of Jewish Students and Board of Deputies – the "establishment" if you will – have experienced some feather-ruffling fr

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The Spurs fans who saved Muamba

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Jewish principle of saving a life, pikuach nefesh, is considered to override all other commandments of the Torah.

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Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

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London Mayor 2012: Siobhan Benita

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

In a campaign dominated by two candidates so well-known that they are immediately recognisable by their first names alone, it is a new face in London politics which appears to have caught attention.

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita has walked away from a 15-year career as a senior civil servant to take on Boris and Ken and run to be Mayor of London.

She has the backing of former cabinet

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Toulouse tragedy: questions over Jewish school security provision

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

There were surveillance cameras and a tall fence around the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse. But the cameras were not manned and there was no guard.

The tragedy was "an accident waiting to happen" according to a British member of the city's Jewish community.

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Top award for UCL JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2012

University College London’s Jewish Society has won the highest award offered by the university’s students’ union.

The JSoc was named Society of the Year at a ceremony on Monday night. President Adam Taylor said it was an “honour”.

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O'Keefe and Atzmon 'persona non grata'

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2012

University Palestine Societies have condemned former US marine Ken O'Keefe following the controversy over his comments comparing Jews to Nazis.

Six groups – at campuses in Glasgow, Leeds, Dundee, Edinburgh and Liverpool – declared that Mr O'Keefe was "not welcome to speak" at their universities.

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Kent Ken O'Keefe invitation withdrawn

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2012

A Palestine solidarity group has withdrawn its invitation to an anti-Israel activist following controversy over comments he made comparing Jews to Nazis.

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Arrest on flight from Las Vegas to London

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2012

Two men, believed to be Israelis, who were arrested on a British Airways flight to Heathrow on Monday, have been released without charge.

The men were said to have made threatening remarks about the plane's destination and acted “disruptively” during a flight from Las Vegas.

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