Marcus Dysch

Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.

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Rape plot paedophile gets 3 years

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

A former bookseller who became addicted to child pornography has been jailed for plotting to rape three children.

Gerald Ingram used the internet to make contact with a woman and arrange to have sex with her two daughters aged three and five, and a 10-year-old boy.

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Gershony, the ace in Israel's Paralympics pack

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

There has hardly been a dry eye in the Gershony household since Wheelchair Tennis star Noam brought home gold from London.

The 29-year-old displayed little emotion on court throughout the tournament but he struggled to hold back tears of joy after beating top seed David Wagner to win the Quad Singles title.

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Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware nominated for Mercury Prize

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury music prize.

Ms Ware, a former intern at the JC, is on the 12-strong shortlist for the album of the year award alongside leading industry names including Plan B, Richard Hawley and The Maccabees.

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TUC will go to Gaza with PSC

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

An anti-boycott group has criticised the Trades Union Congress’ plans to visit Gaza alongside Palestine Solidarity Campaign members.

Delegates voted unanimously to back a motion for a Gaza trip, moved by Communication Workers’ Union general secretary Billy Hayes at the TUC conference in Brighton on Tuesday.

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From tragedy to a golden day

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

The bunting has been packed away; the athletes have flown home and the stadiums are being dismantled - but there is a corner of the Olympic Park that is forever Israel.

The scenes as Noam Gershony won the country's only gold medal of either Games were breathtaking. When the Israeli Olympians went home without even one medal, expectation fell on the shoulders of the lesser-known Paralympians.

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Time to make your voice heard

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

JC On Campus is back for the 2012-13 academic year.

We will be bringing you news and features from Jewish students at campuses across the country and offering more opportunities than ever for you to make your voice heard.

Tell us your views on the key issues affecting your campuses, and you will have the opportunity to explain your point of view in Britain’s biggest Jewish newspaper.

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Strip Patnick of knighthood says MP Mann

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Campaigners have called for a former MP to be stripped of his knighthood over his role in 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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Matisyahu to give exclusive UJS concert

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Rap star Matisyahu will perform an exclusive concert for Jewish students in London later this year.

The American rapper, who shocked fans by shaving off his beard and apparently rejecting his Chasidic beliefs, has been signed up by the Union of Jewish Students.

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Brighton boycotters attack new Israeli shop

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have pledged to turn a new eco-friendly concept store into “the next Ahava”.

Protesters staged a demonstration outside the EcoStream shop in Brighton last Saturday.

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UK pensioner to appeal on Israel tax case row

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2012

British Jews who make aliyah to Israel face continued confusion over their tax status, according to a pensioner involved in a long-running financial dispute.

Paul Weiser, 78, moved to Israel in 2010 and has since been in conflict with both countries over his tax status under double taxation rules.

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Eritrean refugee protest outside Israeli embassy

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

The ongoing controversy over Israel’s treatment of African immigrants came to the streets of London as more than 100 Eritrean refugees protested outside the Israeli embassy.

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Wheelchair tennis star's journey from tragedy to Paralympic triumph

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

In the aftermath of the devastating helicopter crash that killed his co-pilot, Noam Gershony spent the time recovering from life-threatening injuries wondering whether he would ever play sport again.

Five years later, the shy 29-year-old is at the centre of Israel’s wheelchair tennis revolution — and returns home with at least one Paralympic medal.

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True grit of Israel's Paralympic flag-bearer Doron Shaziri

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

You might think that, after losing his left leg to a landmine and his wife to cancer, Doron Shaziri would not have much to smile about.

But Israel’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony flag-bearer is accustomed to adversity and fights back with a perma-grin that masks his steely determination.

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Thousands attend strictly Orthodox debate on internet dangers

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

As thousands of sports fans roared Paralympic athletes to victory, a mile away another sporting venue was filled by a very different crowd.

More than 4,600 strictly Orthodox men took part in Tuesday night’s conference at Leyton Orient’s football stadium, aimed at discussing the best ways to steer young religious Jews away from online dangers.

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Drugs advice charity in sudden closure

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2012

The leading advice service offering assistance to British Jews with drug problems has suddenly closed after more than 20 years of service.

In an email to supporters on Monday, Drugsline founder Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin said the charity’s work had ceased because “finance could no longer be secured to maintain this very high level of service”.

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Football fraudsters sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Fraudsters who operated a website selling illegal Premier League football tickets have been given suspended prison sentences.

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Anti-Israel protesters guilty of trespassing

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Two anti-Israel activists have been found guilty of trespassing at a Brighton arms factory.

In April 2011 Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell blocked the gates at the EDO MBM plant, claiming they were protesting against the firm’s production of weapons systems supplied to Israel.

The pair are members of the Smash EDO group, whose activists have repeatedly caused disruption at the factory.

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Jessie Ware targeted by Twitter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has received antisemitic abuse on Twitter. The offensive message was sent to the 26-year-old in the early hours of Saturday morning after she performed live on Channel 4.

Ms Ware had sent a tweet to her 28,000 followers on the social networking site praising DJ A-Trak— real name Alain Macklovitch — who is also Jewish and also performed on the show.

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Trade union group asked to send delegation to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Delegates at the Trades Union Congress will push for an official delegation of British trade unionists to visit Gaza.

Only one motion on Israel and the Palestinians has been tabled for the four-day congress, which begins in Brighton on September 9.

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