Marcus Dysch

Shock rise in domestic violence

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The number of Jewish women abused in their own homes has risen by a third in the past nine months, according to the charity Jewish Women's Aid.

Serious attacks, including cases of attempted murder and kidnap, have soared by more than 300 per cent since March last year.

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NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

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Terrorist plotter won't be let out of jail early

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2012

A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to bomb an Israeli passenger jet has lost his legal battle to be released early.

Nezar Hindawi planned to blow up an El Al airplane carrying 370 people in 1986 by planting a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant fiancée.

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Golders Green hit-and-run

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A husband and wife were recovering in hospital this week after being run over as they walked home from a synagogue service.

The couple, who have not been named, were struck by a slow-moving silver Toyota in Gainsborough Gardens, Golders Green, at around 5.20pm last Friday.

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Military scroll rededicated in memory of 'brilliant officer'

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A Torah scroll discovered at a defunct army synagogue is to be re-dedicated in memory of a Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The sefer Torah was found at Guildford Synagogue and traced back to its use, decades ago, at an Armed Forces shul.

Lieutenant Paul Mervis of Second Battalion the Rifles died in an explosion in June 2009 while trying to protect his platoon during a foot patrol in no

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Some communities struggle, others are rapidly expanding

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

Britain's Jewish communities are changing.

Spread the length and breadth of the nation, from Aberdeen to Exeter, they range from small shtibl-style gatherings to 2,000-member synagogues.

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Bishop: anti-Zionist vicar 'no antisemite'

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A Church of England vicar has been backed by his diocesan bishop after promoting a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Reverend Stephen Sizer received the support of the Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill, a former chaplain to the Queen, following calls for him to be suspended for linking to the site.

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Rabbi defends speaking alongside anti-Zionist

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich has defended his decision to speak alongside The Promise director Peter Kosminsky and a leading anti-Israel activist at a church-run school workshop.

Rabbi Rich said it was vital for the Jewish community to engage with churches which wanted to discuss Israel rather than leave the way open to anti-Zionist Jews.

He said attending the sixth-form

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Lord Sacks: Bet Shemesh intimidation has no place in society

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has condemned the violent clashes in the Israeli city of Bet Shemesh.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

The growing strictly Orthodox community has clashed with others and young girls attending a state-run school were spat at and called "prostitutes".

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Performers deny 'dark art' funding

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Israeli officials have attacked boycott campaigners in Ireland, claiming dozens have benefited from government-backed Arts Council funding.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign repeatedly disrupted the country's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films last month. And more than 150 Irish creative and performing artists launched a cultural boycott campaign against Israel in 2010.

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Anti-Zionist Warwick professor faces investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2011

The conduct of an anti-Israel professor is to be investigated by the agency that reviews the performance of universities.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will consider whether Warwick University's Nicola Pratt breached guidelines on impartiality when marking Israeli student Smadar Bakovic's dissertation.

QAA chief executive Anthony McClaran received a complaint about

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German envoy hosts AJR party

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

The German Ambassador to Britain hosted a special Chanucah party to conclude the Association of Jewish Refugees' 70th anniversary celebrations.

Georg Boomgaarden welcomed Holocaust survivors and former refugees to his London residence on Tuesday to witness the lighting of the first candle.

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Charedim in court over London riot looted computers

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Two Charedi men have admitted buying computers from looters on the first night of the London riots.

Joseph Landau and Heskel Brauer, both 24 and members of Stamford Hill's strictly Orthodox community, were seen separately buying them on August 6 as violence erupted.

A woman saw them with the computers at Tottenham Hale Retail Park and took their car registration numbers.

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Man questioned over antisemitic egg attack

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of throwing eggs at Jews in "drive-by" attacks.

The 19-year-old was interviewed on Tuesday following two suspected incidents in Hendon and Golders Green, north west London, on the Friday evenings of December 9 and 16.

In the first incident, four Jewish girls in their early 20s had eggs thrown at them as they walked along Golders Green Road.

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Anti-Zionist professor's low marks for Israeli - now a distinction

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

An Israeli postgraduate student has succeeded in having her dissertation re-marked to a distinction after it was originally supervised and given a poor mark by a professor who campaigns for an academic boycott of Israel.

Smadar Bakovic repeatedly told Warwick University she was uncomfortable with Nicola Pratt overseeing her master's dissertation on Israeli Arab identity.

Professor Pratt is a

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Giant menorah wrecked and rebuilt - just in time

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Volunteers rebuilt a 15ft menorah in less than six hours after vandals destroyed Scotland's biggest public chanuciah in an antisemitic attack.

Edinburgh Chabad constructed and installed the new menorah in time for Tuesday night's first candle-lighting - describing the feat as a modern-day Chanucah miracle.

The original menorah - erected in the city's St Andrew's Square - was found destroyed

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"Nazi" stag party MP could face French criminal charges

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

French authorities have opened an enquiry into the Nazi-themed stag party attended by Conservative MP Aidan Burley.

The 32-year old could face a jail term or fine after magistrates in the ski resort of Albertville received a complaint about conduct at the party.

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We have Starbucks and Tesco, but no kosher meat

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

When I began my business course at the University of Nottingham I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be moving all the way to the other side of the world to a city called Ningbo, in China, as part of my degree.

Arriving for my exchange year I asked myself what I was doing. China is completely different to home, and Ningbo especially so. It was hot and sticky.

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A week of weakness

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

While our non-Jewish friends and colleagues wind down in advance of the festive period and we look forward to the joys of Chanucah, I find myself, as usual, rather disgruntled.

Never mind the season of goodwill, this has been a strange week and one in which I’ve spent a considerable amount of time shaking my head in disbelief.

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Palestinian Mission in Britain removes Atzmon articles

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

The Palestinian Mission in Britain has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and removed articles by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon from its website.

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