Marcus Dysch



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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Football fake confesses: we were all at it

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An amateur footballer caught up in the scandal over players' identities has revealed how he and his teammates knew they would be caught and expelled from a Jewish league.

Striker Mariusz Mielniczuk and his MSFL side, Holy Mount Zion, made headlines around the world last month after the JC revealed the team had been suspended for fielding non-Jewish players under fake names.

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Israeli lecturer attacked by Belfast pro-Palestine activists

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An Israeli law lecturer had to be rescued by security officers when a seminar was abandoned after being disrupted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, had been invited to speak to law school students at Queen's University in Belfast.

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Top 10 reasons not to be antisemitic

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2011

After a thoroughly miserable week of Jew-bashing from almost all corners, here’s some light relief.

Amir Mizroch has compiled his "top 10 reasons not to be antisemitic".

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Experts: The Promise deliberately demonises Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2011

The Zionist Federation has led a barrage of complaints to Channel 4 over its drama series, The Promise, which ended on Sunday. Letters of complaint were also sent by the Board of Deputies and the Israeli Embassy in London.

Channel 4 confirmed it had received more than 200 "comments" from viewers but a spokeswoman said: "Well over half were appreciative."

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Spinning the boycott

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2011

Anti-Israel campaigners relentlessly promoting their boycott of the country and its goods would have you believe they are landing success after success.

Don’t believe them.

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Edinburgh can be blueprint for future

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

The unexpectedly calm proceedings at Edinburgh should act as a beacon and a blueprint for future campus events.

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Ron Prosor ignores silent Palestinian protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

Pro-Palestinian protesters taped their mouths and turned their backs on Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor as he spoke to students during a heavily policed lecture this week.

Nine students, wearing red sweatshirts, stood up after Mr Prosor began his speech at Edinburgh University on Monday. One by one they called out the names of Palestinians whom they claimed had been killed by the IDF.

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Students attack 'weak' college hate report

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

A report on tackling extremism and hate speakers at British university campuses has been widely criticised as weak and ineffectual.

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The Promise has an 'anti-Israel premise'

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

A senior Israeli diplomat says that a drama series about British Mandate Palestine is the worst example of anti-Israel propaganda he has ever seen on television.

The final episode of The Promise will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday.

Amir Ofek, press attaché at the Israeli embassy in London, said film-maker Peter Kosminsky's story had "created a new category of hostility towards Israel".

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Campus notebook: Chabad celebrates Shabbat 1000

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

Chabad societies across Britain pulled in a record number of students to mark the Shabbat 1000 initiative.

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Campus extremism report gives green light to radical speakers

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2011

Guidelines on tackling extremism and hate speakers on British university campuses have been published following a year-long investigation.

Universities UK, the umbrella group representing university heads, said it could find “no simple answers or absolute rules” but sets out guidance on dealing with controversial speakers, protests, student societies and serious incidents on campus.

The report gives the green light to universities to continue inviting radical speakers to appear on campus by encouraging institutions to “engage” with them.

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Survey results to shape future

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

The largest study of Jewish student identity and what it means to be Jewish on campus was launched this week.

It is expected the results will shape the community's work with students for the next decade.

The survey has been commissioned by UJS Hillel and is being conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR).

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Reformed neo-Nazi extremist discusses past

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Former neo-Nazi Pawel-Pinchas Bromson spoke to more than 500 students as he conducted his first tour of Britain.

Mr Bromson, from Warsaw, visited campuses to tell the dramatic story of how he was a radical hater of foreigners, including Jews and Arabs, until he discovered that he and his wife were Jewish. The tour was organised by Chabad.

Mr Bromson explained how he made the discovery in a stack of papers he found in Warsaw Museum.

Later he plucked up the courage to visit the city's synagogue and was helped to embrace Orthodox Judaism and an observant lifestyle.

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Free workshops will prepare job-seekers

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

A new project offering students help to prepare for job applications is being promoted on campuses this month.

Backed by UJS and Jeneration, recruitment specialist Simon Rickman will tour universities presenting free workshops which will provide advice on recognising strengths and weaknesses and the best way to land a dream job.

Mr Rickman said: "I've been in recruitment for more than 25 years and friends have always asked me to help their sons and daughters apply for jobs.

"I like to coach people and have always done so with great pleasure and some success.

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Shabbat dinner for just £2

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Around 1,000 students will take part in Shabbat UK on March 11.

The Union of Jewish Students' initiative offers the chance for every Jewish student in the country to have a Shabbat experience, regardless of where they live or study.

This year's event has a Sephardi theme, and for just £2 each participant receives a Friday night dinner including Shabbat candles and challah.

To reserve a meal, or for more information, email matt@ujs.org.uk.

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Go easy on easyJet

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

There’s something about the story of easyJet selling bacon sandwiches on its Tel Aviv flights which really rubs me up the wrong way.

Passenger Victor Kaufman believes easyJet were “insensitive” and need “a lesson or two on cultural awareness”.

Get a grip.

The affair reminds me of the totally unnecessary complaints made to Marks and Spencer last year over a lingerie advert .

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Stalker faces new breach trial

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

A former TV producer who was previously jailed for stalking a young mother faces a new trial for an alleged breach of a life-long restraining order.

Elliot Fogel, 35, claims the new case was brought against him after he had attempted to take civil action against the woman he stalked.

Last year Claire Waxman described how Mr Fogel's harassment had ruined her life and the strain it had put on her health and her family's well-being.

Mr Fogel, of Edgware, north west London, is barred from being within one mile of Mrs Waxman at any time and must not contact her directly or indirectly.

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Gay couples may be able to wed in synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Gay couples may soon be able to marry legally in both Reform and Liberal synagogues under proposed changes to marriage laws.

Same-sex couples are expected to be given the right to hold legal civil
partnership ceremonies in places of worship.

The move would enable non-Orthodox communities to hold a wedding under a chuppah, and immediately follow it with a civil ceremony in a shul.

Liberal Judaism, Quakers and gay rights groups, led the pressure on the government to offer greater equality.

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Ladbrokes founder Cyril Stein dies

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2011

Philanthropist Cyril Stein, the former chairman of the Ladbrokes betting company, has died.

Mr Stein was a key fundraiser and supporter of the JNF and was UJIA honorary vice-president.

He was in his early 80s and died in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Mr Stein founded the Ladbroke betting business and floated it on the London Stock Exchange in 1967. At the time it was worth £1 million.

When he left the company in 1994 it was valued at around £2 billion. His personal wealth was estimated at £60m in 2008.

Mr Stein was chair of the JNF’s £10m project to redevelop the Negev.

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