Marcus Dysch

Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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Support for hate victims

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

Extra support will be provided to victims of hate crimes, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

A new Victims’ Code came into force on Monday, with a focus on helping people from minority communities to deal with reporting crime and the stresses of attending subsequent court hearings.

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Britain denies diplomatic rift on trade advice

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

The Foreign Office has denied that it has opened a diplomatic rift with Israel over government guidelines that warn British businesses about the “reputational implications” of working with the settlements.

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UK lawyers briefed on West Bank military courts

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A group of British Jewish lawyers have met their counterparts in Israel to discuss legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The three-day visit, which began on Tuesday and was organised by grassroots advocacy group Yachad, saw 10 participants meet lawyers representing the IDF, Palestinian human rights groups and settler leaders.

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G4S denies it is being probed over West Bank contracts

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Security company G4S has said it is unaware of a possible investigation by British authorities into its work in Israel.

The firm has been repeatedly attacked for running security services in the West Bank, and confirmed six months ago that it would not renew some existing contracts with the Israeli government when they expire in 2015.

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Police probe racist tweets

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets — most referring to the Holocaust — from fans of both clubs were highlighted following the match on Saturday.

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All aboard the Harry Styles bandwagon

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

As a supposedly hard-nosed hack I tend to stick to reporting on events of a political and criminal nature rather than delve into the murky world of "showbiz".

But sometimes my mask slips, and I munch on the same diet of One Direction, Lea Michele and Miley Cyrus gossip as your average teenager.

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Avigdor Lieberman and William Hague in London talks

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met his British counterpart William Hague for talks in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed a range of issues relating to British-Israeli co-operation, including in the education, science and technology fields.

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Police investigate tweets after Arsenal and Tottenham clash

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets – most referring to the Holocaust – from fans of both clubs were highlighted following a bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday.

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Pope Francis to travel to Israel in May

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2014

The Pope is to travel to Israel in May for his first visit since becoming Pontiff.

Francis I announced his plans during his Sunday address to thousands of Catholics gathered in St Peter's Square.

Further details announced by the Vatican revealed that the trip to the Holy Land would be the Pope's first overseas tour of the year.

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David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Anelka and the 'quenelle' - this is only the beginning

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2013

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka’s antisemitic goal “celebration” has plunged English football into its third race row in as many years.

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The great kosher meat debate

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2013

When you sit down for Shabbat dinner, what is on your mind? The joy of being with friends and family? The relevance of the week’s Torah portion? Or concern over the cost of your kosher roast chicken and chopped liver?

Kosher meat and poultry is more widely available in Britain than ever before, with a greater range of quality and affordability.

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Questions raised over Tory MP’s role in Nazi-uniform stag party

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

A Conservative MP’s role in a Nazi-themed stag night has been questioned again after new evidence about the party was heard in a French court.

Aidan Burley offered an “unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology” after taking part in the event at a French ski resort two years ago.

The session included party-goers and friends of the MP dressing up as

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Anti-hate campaigner Denis MacShane jailed

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Former Labour MP and campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane has been jailed for making false expenses claims.

MacShane, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, faked 19 invoices for £12,900 of Parliamentary research and translation services.

The 65-year-old was sentenced to six months in jail at the Old Bailey.

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Chief warns against women leading prayers

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services — where women can lead prayers — should not be allowed to take place in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were “not something that can take place within our synagogues”.

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Cardiff City is in a league of its own over support

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accepted a cheque for money raised by the family and friends of 27-year-old Justine Cantor for a cancer centre.

Ms Cantor died two years ago following a battle with metastatic malignant melanoma, for which there is no cure.

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Police search Lord Janner's home in child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

The home of Lord Janner has been searched by police in connection with allegations of historic child abuse.

Leicestershire Police searched a property owned by the former Board of Deputies president in the London borough of Barnet as "part of an ongoing criminal inquiry".

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Israel visit is dream come true for Michael Gove

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition after visiting Israel for the first time.

During the trip, which took place last week, he signed a deal with Israeli counterparts to strengthen education links, a move he said was evidence of the increasingly strong bilateral relationship.

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