Marcus Dysch

Deps attack JLC's Davis of 'apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

Members of the Board of Deputies launched a barrage of attacks at UJIA chairman Mick Davis on Sunday during a heated debate on the role of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Amid raised voices and finger-wagging, more than 20 deputies grilled Mr Davis, chairman of the JLC's board of trustees.

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Southbank Israel debate turns into ‘hate-fest’

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The Southbank Centre has defended its planning of a debate on cultural boycotts, which one Jewish panellist said had turned into a "hate-fest".

Palestinian boycott activist Omar Barghouti, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, American writer Carol Gould and British-Sri Lankan poet Seni Seneviratne spoke at the London Literary Festival session on July 10.

Throughout the event, Ms Gou

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Salah bailed, pending deportation hearing

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah, detained last month after allegedly flouting a ban to enter Britain, has been granted bail while he awaits a deportation hearing.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested in London the day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

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Steinbergs go to court

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

The children of late bookmaking tycoon Lord Steinberg are taking legal action against the remains of his gambling empire following an alleged multi-million pound dispute.
Lord Steinberg's son Jonathan and daughter Lynne argue that their father had not pledged a £20 million guarantee to the Stanleybet company to fund a joint venture.

It is thought the money is needed by Stanleybet to support a

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British Jews and Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

Earlier this week I attended three events, on consecutive evenings, which revealed much about British Jews and their relationships with Israel.

One discussed the rising boycott and delegitimisation campaign, another looked at support for Israel from the left, and the third was something altogether different, and, thankfully, more positive.

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Flytilla: now Greens leader Lucas asks Hague why activists were banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A dozen British pro-Palestinian activists were detained in Israel and then deported after taking part in last week's abortive "flytilla" campaign.

The group had flown to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport and included a number of Jewish protesters, the deputy leader of the Wales Green Party, a Methodist preacher, an 83-year-old Quaker, and the leader of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign gro

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Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i

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Serial stalker Fogel faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A serial stalker faces jail after being convicted of breaching his restraining order to approach his victim.

A jury found former TV producer Elliot Fogel, 36, guilty of his third breach of the life-long order which bars him from being within one mile of Claire Waxman.

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Gaza flotilla Brits stopped at Israel airport

By Marcus Dysch, July 8, 2011

Eleven British pro-Palestinian activists have been detained at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport as Israeli authorities attempt to combat the so-called "flytilla".

Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporters left London on flights on Friday morning. One American was stopped from boarding a plane leaving Britain.

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Football result as FA tackles antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A Football Association initiative will tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia by encouraging cross-community matches, interfaith tournaments and grassroots education.

Faith in Football had its inaugural meeting at Wembley Stadium and will be chaired by Alex Goldberg of the European Centre for Jewish Leadership and the Faiths Forum for London.

Southport Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Zevi Saunders

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Methodists and Jews repair rifts

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

Methodist Church members took part in a mock Seder this week as efforts continued to repair relations between the church and the Jewish community.

A year after Methodists passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" Israeli West Bank settlements, relations thawed sufficiently for more than 100 Methodist conference delegates to join the event.

There has been "clear movement i

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EDL Jewish head attacks its 'Nazis'

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

The leader of the English Defence League's Jewish Division has quit, claiming the organisation has been infiltrated by "Nazi elements".

Activist Roberta Moore, who has led the division since its launch last year, has been a divisive figure within the EDL.

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Lecturer tells UCU: change or I'll sue

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish academic has threatened the University and College Union with legal action as the backlash against its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism reached new levels this week.

Lawyers acting for Ronnie Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, have written to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the Union's stance breaches equality laws.

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Labour Friends of Israel name new chair

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has selected John Woodcock as its new chairman.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, had been a vice-chair since September last year and takes on the role following the death of David Cairns in May.

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Reporting Raed Salah

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

I had intended to blog about some of the bizarre coverage yesterday of the Raed Salah case.

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Goodman takes top spot at JNF UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

David Goodman has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of JNF UK.

He joined the charity last October from the Office of the Chief Rabbi, taking on the role in an acting capacity.

Mr Goodman, who previously worked at Kisharon and served in the IDF for more than 12 years, said: "I have always believed in the JNF's mission of developing the land of Israel and supporting its people.

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Lord Triesman helps to net £435K for Norwood

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has explained his frustration and disappointment over England's failed World Cup 2018 bid and the chain of events which led to him leaving the FA.

Speaking at Norwood's annual property lunch he also shed more light on the allegations he made against Fifa, football's world governing body.

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Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si

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Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f

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Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo

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