Marcus Dysch

Multi-faith project launched

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

Students will work in mixed-religion groups to learn leadership skills and develop social-action projects as part of a new scheme.

The Three Faiths Forum’s Undergraduate ParliaMentors programme held an induction session for 45 students last month. The Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and agnostic students will be placed in groups of three to be mentored by MPs and Peers.

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Mayor: Tower Hamlets mural ‘to be removed’

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A mural depicting money-grabbing bankers and highlighting Western imperialism conspiracy theories will be removed following complaints that it contains antisemitic undertones.

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.

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Crime wave prompted by gambling debt explosion

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A spate of so-called “Jew-on-Jew” crimes has been linked to an explosion in gambling debts among the strictly Orthodox.

A 23-year-old north-west London Jewish man will stand trial next month after denying four charges of burgling a Jewish primary school in Golders Green.

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Massive majority opposes Israel cultural boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

An overwhelming majority of the British public opposes a cultural boycott of Israel.

New polling figures reveal fewer than one in five Brits believe that Israeli actors, dancers or musicians should not be welcome to perform here, and three-quarters can see no reason why British performers should not travel to Israel.

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Labour's Douglas Alexander attacks Ken Livingstone over 'rich Jews' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has attacked former London Mayor Ken Livingstone over his comments about Jewish voters.

Douglas Alexander said Mr Livingstone was “wrong” to suggest that “wealthy Jews” would not vote for him in the capital's mayoral election earlier this year.

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Hackney family can keep succah

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

A strictly Orthodox family have won a year-long planning dispute over the erection of a succah on the balcony of their flat.

Yehuda and Rachel Benouaich built the succah when they moved in last year but were forced to hire architects and solicitors after Hackney Council threatened legal action over their failure to secure planning permission.

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Press Complaints Commission raps Guardian over Mavi Marmara claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

The Guardian has been forced to clarify a story about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, which tried to breach the Israeli blockade, suggesting that anti-Israel activists on board had been unarmed.

The story, published in May, reported on the Israeli government offering £4 million in compensation to the families of Turkish activists killed on the Mavi Marmara ship, which led the flotilla.

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Ambassador attacks Lib Dem Simon Hughes over 'one state' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Britain has attacked the Liberal Democrat deputy leader for suggesting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was no longer possible because of settlement building.

Daniel Taub said Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”.

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Teenager appears in court on burglary charge

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

A Jewish teenager has appeared in court charged with burglary.

Uriel Broder was charged with one count of burglary following an alleged incident on Sunday.

It is understood that a Jewish family reported a break-in at a property in Golders Green Road.

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Anti-Israel activists condemn Barcelona invite to Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have called on Barcelona football club to withdraw an invitation to Gilad Shalit to attend a derby game against Real Madrid.

The four-time European Cup winners offered the former prisoner of war tickets to the October 7 El Clásico match as a gesture of goodwill.

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.

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Brian Coleman arrested and bailed

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2012

I’ve been writing about Brian Coleman for almost seven years.

In that time I’ve reported on his rants, his rudeness to the public and reporters, and his work to defend Israel.

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Justice Minister Shatter attacks Irish on Holocaust and antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

The Irish Justice Minister has launched a scathing attack on his country's past governments for failing to speak out against Nazi Germany.

Alan Shatter, the only Jewish member of Ireland's lower house of parliament - Dáil Éireann - accused 1930s and 1940s governments of allowing "evil to flourish" by ignoring Hitler's atrocities.

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Alex Kingston discovers her Jewish background

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

ER and Dr Who actress Alex Kingston has “embraced her inner Jew” after tracing her family’s Jewish heritage in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy series, screened on Wednesday.

The experience included the revelation that her Jewish great-great-grandmother had run a brothel.

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Rosh Hashanah marred by antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A number of reported incidents of antisemitic verbal abuse were reported to the Community Security Trust following Rosh Hashanah.

People walking to and from synagogues were shouted at by passengers in passing vehicles but there were no reported instances of more serious abuse or attacks.

It is understood that the CST was informed of around half-a-dozen incidents in London by Wednesday.

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Teen trio broke into synagogue and stole car

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Three Jewish teenagers burgled a synagogue on a Shabbat and stole a congregant’s car.

They entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, and took the keys for the vehicle, which was parked outside.

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British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis will reinvigorate UK Jewish film

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Writing labs, commercial radio and web-based TV programmes are part of plans to reinvigorate UK Jewish Film.

The charity’s new chairman, British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis, has pledged to “jazz up” the organisation and expand from its annual festival into assisting budding film-makers.

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‘I’m no antisemite’ says man contesting Corby by-election

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A parliamentary candidate has defended himself against allegations of antisemitism after being accused of ranting about “evil Jews” in a series of blog posts.

Peter Reynolds is one of 12 candidates in the Corby by-election in November, called after the resignation of Tory MP Louise Mensch.

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Questions for Hillsborough coroner Stefan Popper

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

The coroner whose inquests into the deaths of the Hillsborough disaster victims were found to be severely lacking by an independent panel report has refused to comment on his role in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Stefan Popper has been widely criticised after ruling that the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final had suffered accidental deaths.

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Ex-MP Sir Irvine Patnick apologises for Hillsborough smears

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A former Conservative MP has apologised for the part he played in repeating false allegations about Liverpool fans following the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Irvine Patnick represented the Sheffield Hallam constituency when 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in April 1989.

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