Marcus Dysch

‘Antisemite’ vicar in Board of Deputies complaint

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

The Board of Deputies has made an unprecedented formal complaint to the Church of England over the conduct of a controversial Anglican vicar.

Reverend Stephen Sizer is accused by the Board of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders”.

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Lecturer sues union over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

A Jewish academic repeatedly broke down in tears as he told an employment tribunal that he had suffered a decade of harassment while opposing a boycott of Israel.

Maths lecturer Ronnie Fraser, whose parents escaped Nazi Germany, said he felt a special responsibility to challenge the University and College Union after it rejected a widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

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The new reality - a degree does not guarantee a job

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

There can rarely have been a worse time to be graduating from university ‑ with unemployment soaring over the past four years, having a degree is no guarantee that a job in your chosen profession will follow.

But help is on hand. Charity TrainE-TraidE has achieved success with its mentoring scheme for students and graduates.

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Britain 'rebuffs US plans over Iran operation'

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

The government has reportedly told the United States that it will not allow American troops to use the British military in a decision that could have an impact on a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.

It had previously been believed that Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict.

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Kosher ration packs launched for troops

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Sausage casserole, chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding are part of a new range of kosher ration packs launched for Jews serving in the British armed forces.

The kosher menu has been produced by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Jewish Armed Forces Committee and brings provisions in line with the regular fare on offer.

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Antisemitic abuse aimed at teen thieves

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Two teenagers who broke into a synagogue have been released from a young offenders’ institute after winning an appeal against their original sentences.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, were initially ordered to serve 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute earlier this month after admitting taking part in a burglary at the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Jewish school burglary verdict

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

A 22-year-old man faces a possible jail term after admitting repeatedly burgling a Jewish primary school.

Schneur Simmons appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, charged with four counts of burglary at the Torah Vodaas Primary School at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunstan Road, between January 2011 and August this year.

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Mixed news for Barnet eruvs

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The latest eruv for north London has moved a step closer with councillors approving planning permission for an application from the Woodside Park Synagogue trustees. But a decision on Barnet Synagogue’s plans for its own eruv has been deferred.

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Stormont hosts anti-racist forum

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Political leaders joined a reception at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss combating antisemitism.

The Stormont event was organised by the Westminster-based All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism to promote cross-party action.

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Former EDL Jewish leader claims Islamic centre 'could lead to attacks'

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The leader of an extreme right-wing Jewish group has been condemned for claiming that a proposed Muslim community centre would lead to attacks on Jews.

Roberta Moore, head of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League, wrote to Camden Council complaining about the proposed conversion of a shop in Cricklewood, north London.

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Chaplaincy: Demand grows on universities' guardian angels

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Few Jewish organisations in Britain have the geographical reach achieved by University Jewish Chaplaincy.

Chaplaincy families work to help thousands of students around the country every year with issues ranging from a desire to have a Friday night dinner, to serious health problems and even criminal matters.

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Lament for the lost latkes

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Latke lovers are in crisis after food company Rakusen’s shelved Britain’s most popular kosher frozen potato products.

Fans of the treat have said that Chanucah will never be the same after Rakusen’s ended production of its Mister Rak’s range.

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Israel hit by dozens of rockets from Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2012

Dozens of rockets were fired on southern Israel by terrorists in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, injuring five people.

Three farm workers, believed to be from Thailand, were reported to have been hurt when one of more than 60 missiles struck the area in which they were working in the Eshkol region.

Israel’s Iron Dome defence system intercepted around seven rockets.

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Football fan 'let off' for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

An anti-racism group has condemned a Premier League football club for the punishment imposed on a fan who made Nazi salutes at a match.

The 39-year-old supporter was arrested on suspicion of racial and religious harassment the day after the clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in August.

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Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.

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Brick Lane mural gets partial whitewash

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

A controversial mural which was likened to antisemitic propaganda has been repeatedly defaced, but has yet to be fully removed.

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

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Court rejects attempt to halt school building

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Campaigners opposed to a Jewish free school opening on the site of a former Mill Hill garden centre have lost a High Court application for an injunction to halt building work.

Construction of the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary is under way, with the centre’s glass roofs due to be removed before the end of the month.

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No half measures as blood donor plan grows

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Personal tragedy has prompted a Jewish student to set up two charitable schemes that have received national acclaim.

Abigail Kay’s mother, Carol, died in December last year after a long battle with cancer. During the course of her treatment, Mrs Kay required regular blood transfusions.

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New JSocs prove size does not matter

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Two of the country’s newest, and smallest, Jewish Societies are enjoying success less than a year after being set up.

Loughborough University now has its first JSoc, founded by second year student Laura Baker.

The 19-year-old said she was spurred into action after being disappointed at last year’s Freshers’ Fair.

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Race is on to be Union of Jewish Students president

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

The battle to be the next president of the Union of Jewish Students is already under way, just a month into the new academic year.

The nomination process has been launched by UJS, with campaigning due to begin on November 19 and voting to be completed by December 16, when the result will be announced at the UJS annual conference.

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