Marcus Dysch

Grant Shapps under fire as Tories probe bullying allegations against campaigner

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2015

The roles of three leading Jewish Conservative figures could prove crucial to an ongoing investigation into allegations of a bullying culture within the party.

Conservative Party chairman Lord Feldman, his deputy Robert Halfon, and former chair Grant Shapps are all involved in a row over the sex and blackmail scandal.

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G4S in dark over Labour plan to boycott security firm over Israel ties

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2015

Global security giant G4S has told the JC it would be “disappointed” if Labour ended its deal to secure the party’s annual conference over the firm’s links to Israel.

But a company executive said it had not had a formal clarification of last week’s decision by Labour’s national executive committee to boycott G4S over its work in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan says he’s met 'countless people' who think 9/11 was a Mossad plot

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has described his experience of meeting extremists who claim the September 11 terror attacks were a “Mossad conspiracy”.

Mr Khan said he had come across people who believed Jewish workers in New York had been “tipped off” to stay away from the Twin Towers before the planes hit the buildings.

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No security threat from new arrivals, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

The House of Commons’ members’ tea room overlooking the Thames feels a long way from the horrors of Raqqa, Aleppo and Damascus.

But as Richard Harrington eats a slice of cake in the refined surroundings of Westminster, the desperate situation in Syria is foremost in his mind.

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Luciana Berger says Twitter was ‘frustratingly slow’ in responding to campaign of online hate against her

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has described how Twitter’s response to an orchestrated campaign of antisemitism against her on its site was “frustratingly slow”.

Speaking in depth publicly for the first time about the abuse she suffered on social media a year ago, Luciana Berger revealed she was still receiving antisemitic tweets, as recently as last weekend.

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'Challenge those who delegitimise Israel', Hilary Benn tells Friends group

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has urged the party to combat delegitimisation of Israel, but did not spell out opposition to boycotts of the country.

Hilary Benn told supporters of Labour Friends of Israel that the bonds between his party and the country were “strong and run deep”.

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Cabinet minister Robert Halfon admits to affair amid claims of blackmail plot

By Marcus Dysch, November 16, 2015

Conservative Party deputy chairman Robert Halfon is believed to be the subject of a blackmail plot, which emerged as he admitted to a relationship with a Tory campaigner.

Mr Halfon, the former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel and the descendant of Libyan Jews, was reportedly filmed as he left a club with the woman.

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Scottish National politician Sandra White apologises for posting ‘repellent’ antisemitic cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

A Scottish National Party politician has apologised “unreservedly” after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.

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Joint projects bolster ties between minorities

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The visit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain provides the opportunity to assess the links between his country's diaspora and the Jewish community.

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Tracked down, but Sir Gerald still won’t talk

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The Palace of Westminster’s Star Chamber was originally a law court during the 16th century reign of Henry VII.

These days, the courtyard that bears the chamber’s name is a poorly lit car park overlooked by MPs’ offices.

On Monday it served as the backdrop for the final act in one of the least appetising chapters of the current Parliament.

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Jeremy Corbyn hopes Sir Gerald Kaufman will say sorry for ‘Jewish money’ comment

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Labour leaders have told Jewish groups that they hope Sir Gerald Kaufman will apologise for his controversial “Jewish money” comments.

In a letter to the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust and Jewish Leadership Council, Labour’s chief whip, Rosie Winterton, said she and Jeremy Corbyn wanted Sir Gerald to say sorry.

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Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.

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SNP politician 'apologises' for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2015

The Scottish National Party has apologised on behalf of a MSP after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter “in error”.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.

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Did Jeremy Corbyn back artist whose mural was condemned as antisemitic?

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently backed the painting of a mural which was condemned as having antisemitic undertones.

The graphic, Freedom for Humanity, was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One, in 2012.

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MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.

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Here we are, the Jews again

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2015

“Here we are, the Jews again.”

That was the infamous welcome Sir Gerald Kaufman offered when his fellow Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman rose to speak in the Commons in March 2011.

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Hull Wizo hosts Peter Suchet

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2015

More than 80 people attended a Hull Wizo lunch with guest speaker Peter Suchet, a former director of the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency.

The event, held at Hull Hebrew Congregation’s Pryme Street synagogue, heard how Mr Suchet had also led the division that created Fantasy Football.

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Stalker victim aims to reform justice system

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2015

A mother of two is helping to draft a new law in an attempt to end the "lottery" that dictates how victims of crime are treated by police, courts and prosecutors.

Claire Waxman said she felt forced to act on behalf of those who have been affected by criminal activity after she suffered a decade of harassment at the hands of a stalker.

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Crisis? What crisis? MPs demote debate

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Foreign affairs questions in the Commons on Tuesday was telling - in a number of ways.

Most immediately noticeable was the fact that questions about Israel and the Palestinians were not reached for half an hour.

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Sajid Javid: Jewish community 'unanimous' in reaction to 'dinner party antisemitism' comments

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

The government’s most senior Muslim minister has described how British Jews thanked him after he voiced his concerns about “dinner party antisemitism”.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said he had initially received messages telling him he was “silly” for raising the issue, but that he had later been reassured by “unanimous” comments from the Jewish community backing him.

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