Marcus Dysch

Boris gets walk-on part at Finchley crossings

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has visited the redeveloped Henlys Corner junction, where automated pedestrian crossings make life safer for Finchley Synagogue congregants walking to shul.

Mr Johnson was accompanied by Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer, and former Barnet mayor, Eva Greenspan.

"Our community persistently called for a safer intersection," pointed out Finchley Synagogue's Ra

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Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en

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Proms protestor sues

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A violinist who was suspended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra after signing an anti-Israel letter is to take the orchestra to an employment tribunal.

Sarah Streatfeild was among two dozen musicians who signed the letter, published in the Independent, encouraging the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall last September.

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'Nazi' students hit protester on LSE ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A student has described how his nose was broken in an antisemitic attack during a university ski trip.

The second-year student, who does not want to be identified, had been socialising with colleagues from the London School of Economics' student union's athletics union.

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Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".

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LSE students played Nazi-themed game on ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2012

A Jewish student suffered a broken nose in an antisemitic attack during a student union ski trip.

The London School of Economics student, who has not been named, was injured in a fight after he confronted fellow students who were playing Nazi-themed games featuring cards laid out in a swastika formation.

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Board of Deputies vote on Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2012

The Board of Deputies will vote on whether to boycott the Guardian newspaper this Sunday. Deputies will debate a motion encouraging the Board to "regret the appearance of antisemitic material in the Guardian and its online Comment is Free section".

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Terrorist Hindawi is refused parole

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to bomb an Israeli plane has lost his legal battle to be released early.

In 1986, Nezar Hindawi planned to blow up an El Al plane carrying 370 people by planting a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant fiancée.

The Parole Board had previously suggested he should be released early and deported to Jordan.

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NUS attacks Israeli firms

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage colleges to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

French waste-management company Veolia has repeatedly been targeted by anti-Israel groups over its links to the J

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Shock rise in domestic violence

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The number of Jewish women abused in their own homes has risen by a third in the past nine months, according to the charity Jewish Women's Aid.

Serious attacks, including cases of attempted murder and kidnap, have soared by more than 300 per cent since March last year.

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NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

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Terrorist plotter won't be let out of jail early

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2012

A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to bomb an Israeli passenger jet has lost his legal battle to be released early.

Nezar Hindawi planned to blow up an El Al airplane carrying 370 people in 1986 by planting a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant fiancée.

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Golders Green hit-and-run

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A husband and wife were recovering in hospital this week after being run over as they walked home from a synagogue service.

The couple, who have not been named, were struck by a slow-moving silver Toyota in Gainsborough Gardens, Golders Green, at around 5.20pm last Friday.

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Military scroll rededicated in memory of 'brilliant officer'

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A Torah scroll discovered at a defunct army synagogue is to be re-dedicated in memory of a Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The sefer Torah was found at Guildford Synagogue and traced back to its use, decades ago, at an Armed Forces shul.

Lieutenant Paul Mervis of Second Battalion the Rifles died in an explosion in June 2009 while trying to protect his platoon during a foot patrol in no

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Some communities struggle, others are rapidly expanding

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

Britain's Jewish communities are changing.

Spread the length and breadth of the nation, from Aberdeen to Exeter, they range from small shtibl-style gatherings to 2,000-member synagogues.

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Bishop: anti-Zionist vicar 'no antisemite'

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A Church of England vicar has been backed by his diocesan bishop after promoting a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Reverend Stephen Sizer received the support of the Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill, a former chaplain to the Queen, following calls for him to be suspended for linking to the site.

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Rabbi defends speaking alongside anti-Zionist

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich has defended his decision to speak alongside The Promise director Peter Kosminsky and a leading anti-Israel activist at a church-run school workshop.

Rabbi Rich said it was vital for the Jewish community to engage with churches which wanted to discuss Israel rather than leave the way open to anti-Zionist Jews.

He said attending the sixth-form

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Lord Sacks: Bet Shemesh intimidation has no place in society

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has condemned the violent clashes in the Israeli city of Bet Shemesh.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

The growing strictly Orthodox community has clashed with others and young girls attending a state-run school were spat at and called "prostitutes".

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Performers deny 'dark art' funding

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Israeli officials have attacked boycott campaigners in Ireland, claiming dozens have benefited from government-backed Arts Council funding.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign repeatedly disrupted the country's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films last month. And more than 150 Irish creative and performing artists launched a cultural boycott campaign against Israel in 2010.

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Anti-Zionist Warwick professor faces investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2011

The conduct of an anti-Israel professor is to be investigated by the agency that reviews the performance of universities.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will consider whether Warwick University's Nicola Pratt breached guidelines on impartiality when marking Israeli student Smadar Bakovic's dissertation.

QAA chief executive Anthony McClaran received a complaint about

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