Marcus Dysch

It's all Greek at the New Year party

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Hundreds of Jewish students from across Europe are expected to travel to Athens to celebrate a Chanucah and New Year's Eve party with a difference.

The European Centre for Jewish Students will mark the Maccabees' victory over the Greek emperor, Antiochus, with a range of festivities.

Students and young professionals aged between 18 and 35 will stay in a five-star hotel in the centre of the c

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Israel debate can 'set the tone' for year

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

The Israel Society at the London School of Economics hosted a panel debate on the future of the two-state solution.

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Banned activist Salah seeking to appeal deportation ruling

By Marcus Dysch, November 2, 2011

Palestinian activist Raed Salah has requested permission to appeal against a tribunal ruling which agreed he should be removed from Britain, the JC can confirm.

Last week an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as his presence "would not be conducive to the public good".

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PSC forced to cancel trade union conference

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has been forced to cancel a conference with trade unionists which was due to take place tomorrow.

The event was expected to promote boycott methods and encourage local groups to support BDS measures against Israel. Speakers were to include RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

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Campus Notebook: British students targeted for Israel university

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

● Bar-Ilan University is hoping to attract British students to its gap year programme.

The Israel XP scheme was launched two years ago at the Ramat Gan-based university and has so far welcomed students mainly from North America.

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Refreshed Booze for Jews strikes right note

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Nottingham JSoc has held the country’s first Booze for Jews event of the new academic year.

With the flagship party suffering a slight drop in attendances nationally in the past 12 months, the Nottingham committee took a new approach, giving the celebration a theme and embarking on a fresh marketing initiative.

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Israel tent city an inspiration for Occupy London protest

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Rabbis and community leaders have signed a letter supporting activists taking part in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Their backing comes as Jewish participants in the protests - working under the "Occupy Judaism" and "Occupy Torah" slogans - drew comparisons with the tent city demonstrations seen in Israel during the summer.

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Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".

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Theresa May blocks Islam group jobs event

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

A Civil Service recruitment event was cancelled after Home Secretary Theresa May discovered it had been planned jointly with a student organisation she previously described as "complacent" in tackling extremism.

The Civil Service Fast Stream careers and skills session was due to take place on Tuesday organised with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies' (Fosis) careers section.

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Salah loses deportation case

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2011

Palestinian activist Raed Salah has lost his deportation case and could now be forcibly removed from Britain.

An Immigration Tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as his presence "would not be conducive to the public good".

The judgment found she had acted correctly on grounds of his alleged "unacceptable behaviour".

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Family courts union rejects boycott call

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a boycott of Israel proposed at their union's annual conference.

NAPO - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated two anti-Israel motions at its AGM in Eastbourne on October 8 - Yom Kippur.

The union's Family Court section had put forward a motion stating that it was "alarmed and

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Teen fined for shul break-in

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

A teenager has admitted smashing a synagogue window after "going off the rails" and running away from home.

The 16-year-old, from an Orthodox Jewish family, was arrested in May after police were called to the Magen Avraham congregation in Finchley, north London, when a member of the public heard a window smash and saw someone in the grounds.

When officers arrived at the synagogue following

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Fury over distribution of 'racist' Gilad Atzmon book

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Britain's largest book distribution database company has said it cannot withdraw a new book by an Israeli-born antisemite from its listings - unless the title is found to have breached race hate legislation.

Gilad Atzmon's The Wandering Who is described by its publishers as "an investigation of Jewish identity politics and contemporary Jewish ideology".

The Community Security Trust has said

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Labour Friends go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has led its first delegation to the country for two years, with seven MPs meeting political and business leaders.

The week-long tour included a trip to Ramallah and visits to Israel's northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

On the delegation were MPs Anne McGuire, Rachel Reeves, Jonathan Reynolds, Dan Jarvis, Michael McCann and Pamela Nash.

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Campus notebook: Peace Takes Two

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

● Pro-Israel group Stand With Us has launched a "Peace Takes Two" campus campaign.

The organisation will distribute postcards displaying examples of Israel's efforts to make peace on one side, and challenges to "Palestinian rejectionism" on the other.

Gili Brenner, UK executive for Stand With Us, said: "We are encouraging pro-Israel students – both Jewish and non-Jewish – to make a pro

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Ofcom tells Erekat: Al Jazeera was fair

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

The broadcast regulator, Ofcom, has rejected a complaint of unfairness made by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat against the Al Jazeera news channel.

Dr Erekat complained about how he was portrayed in a four-part series, The Palestine Papers, broadcast on the English-language version of the station in January.

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Livni visit did not test universal jurisdiction legislation

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni has visited Britain – but although her trip was billed as showcasing the change to the law on universal jurisdiction, it was in fact protected by an altogether different legal status.

Ms Livni met Foreign Secretary William Hague, at his invitation, at the Foreign Office in London last Thursday.

She was the first senior Israeli to visit Britain since th

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Freshers' Week success as JSocs welcome hundreds to campus

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

University Jewish societies have broken records to sign up more than 1,000 students during Freshers' Week activities and fairs.

JSocs have reported brisk business around the country, as Jewish students settle into their new homes and find their feet on campus.

The traditionally large societies, in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham each welcomed more than 100 new members, with Nottingham JSoc

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Chabad breaking records

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Chabad houses across the country welcomed students to Rosh Hashanah meals and services, with more than 150 people attending events in Oxford, 120 in Nottingham, 75 at the Shoreditch centre and around 70 in Bristol.

In Edinburgh, Chabad rented space at a local hotel to host more than 60 students on the first night of Yom Tov.

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Consent refused for Tzipi Livni UK arrest warrant

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stepped in to ensure Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni will not be arrested during her visit to Britain.

An arrest application was made to the Crown Prosecution Service on Tuesday to have Ms Livni detained when she arrived in London. She is currently on a two-day visit during which she is meeting community leaders and politicians.

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