Marcus Dysch

Limmud 2014: experts highlight concern over cost of Jewish life

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The cost of Jewish life in Britain has become so prohibitive that people in some sections of the community cannot afford basic provisions and services, according to demographics experts.

A JC-hosted session at the Limmud conference debated issues relating to the growing cost of aspects of Jewish life, particularly in Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities.

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Thousands flock to Limmud as conference opens

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The annual Limmud winter conference has opened at the University of Warwick, with thousands of participants expected to attend sessions over the next five days.

More than 500 presenters from around the world will lead Limmudniks through 1,200 lectures and discussions on topics including social action, history and politics, religion and philosophy, and arts and culture.

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Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.

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How JC will join in the fun

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

The JC will play a full role in this year’s conference, hosting four sessions including a live review of next week’s edition of the newspaper with editor Stephen Pollard.

Alongside our reporters he will critique the stories and news values of the paper with Limmud participants in a version of the regular JC editorial conferences.

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EU delay means new wait for shechitah ruling

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

A decision on the labelling of kosher meat products is unlikely to be made before next spring, after the results of a Europe-wide investigation have once again been delayed.
The British government is expected to give the go-ahead for additional labelling for animals slaughtered according to the shechita process during 2015.

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Ban hate terms, MP tells Twitter

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Social media companies should ban the use of racist words on their sites, a Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has said.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

The Labour politician received more than 2,500 antisemitic tweets in three days during a campaign against her in October.

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Feeding Limmudniks is like catering biggest simchah ever

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

One of the biggest logistical challenges at the Limmud conference is the task of feeding thousands of people three times a day.

Satisfying hungry Limmudniks requires the largest kosher catering contract in Europe.

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Clegg: I’m aware of tensions

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Nick Clegg has acknowledged the ongoing tension between his party and the Jewish community during a Chanucah reception at his official Whitehall residence.

He said he was aware of difficulties in the relationship following another year in which Liberal Democrat figures pushed for an arms embargo on Israel and made controversial statements about the country.

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David Cameron's Chanucah reception

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2014
In his speech to communal leaders at the Number Ten Chanucah reception, David Cameron addresses concerns over rising antisemitism, threats to shechita, and his recent visit to Auschwitz. The Prime Minister also told a Chanucah joke, before lighting the Downing Street menorah.

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Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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Prepare to be wooed as polling day approaches

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

How do you know an election is on the way?

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MEPs reject taskforce on antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

Campaigners working to combat antisemitism have attacked the European Parliament's decision not to form a special group to tackle Jew-hatred across the continent.

Despite forming groups to deal with issues including wine, fishing and animal conservation, a proposal for a dedicated antisemitism taskforce was rejected by MEPs in Brussels last Thursday.

There are 28 new "intergroups" which cont

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Cameron attacks Miliband over Palestine statehood vote

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2014

David Cameron has reasserted his support for Israel, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind "the homeland of the Jewish people".

The Prime Minister described Israel as an "oasis of freedom" and the "symbol of success" as he addressed more than 700 people at a Westminster lunch.

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Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.

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Riba admits it got it wrong on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

Financial loss and the threat of rebuke from the Charity Commission were partly behind the decision of British architects to drop a proposed boycott of their Israeli counterparts.

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Riba u-turn over Israel boycott: 'We got it wrong'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

British architects have reversed their call for Israeli counterparts to be suspended from an international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) confirmed the u-turn today when its council adopted a new policy on international affairs.

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Curious Kippers are unpalatable

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

When people discuss Ukip's "odd bedfellows" they are usually referring to the party's questionable partners in the European Parliament.

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'Vote Ed - he's a brave friend of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Middle East Minister has urged British Jews to support Ed Miliband.

Gareth Thomas defended the party’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza and said Labour leaders were committed to encouraging the two sides back to negotiations.

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Minister rejects sanctions call

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

The government has dismissed calls for economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood said such a move would be a retrograde step and would not encourage Israel to return to the negotiating table.

Backbench MPs called for measures to be taken against Israel during a three-hour debate in Parliament on Monday

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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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