Marcus Dysch

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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Anti-Israel activists guilty of arms factory trespass

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2012

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

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.

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Co-operative suffers fall in profits

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Profits at the Co-operative Group dropped by 55 per cent in the first half of 2012, the company has revealed.

Sales in the group’s supermarkets fell by 1.2 per cent in the six months to June 30. Operating profits were down 16 per cent to £119m.

The group’s banking division also suffered a 67.9 per cent drop.

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Jessie Ware reveals her secret ambition

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

When a young intern arrived at the JC offices looking for a career in journalism, no-one knew she had a secret ambition — to be the one we were writing about.

Four years on the 26-year-old has got her wish, and in a way no-one could have imagined.

Jessie Ware, the young graduate cutting her teeth as a web reporter, looks set to become Britain’s next big pop star.

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BBC defends Iran attack web story

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The BBC has defended a story based on a fake document outlining the possible scale of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The corporation altered the headline on its website article which focused on the claims of Richard Silverstein, a Seattle-based liberal Jewish blogger.

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Charity group chairman explains Chief Rabbi resignation

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The chairman of a dialogue group has defended its work on Israel and the Palestinians and attempted to explain the episode which led Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to resign as its patron.

Canon Guy Wilkinson insisted that the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust had not encouraged its members to back an anti-Israel campaign when it circulated details of an initiative in a newsletter.

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Kelly Brook and Keith Lemon join pensioner at premiere party

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Pensioner Harold Moss enjoyed the red carpet treatment at the premiere of a film in which he appeared alongside Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and Kelly Brook.

Harold worked as an extra in Keith Lemon: The Movie, a comedy created by Leigh Francis, the man behind Bo Selecta and Celebrity Juice.

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Barnet councillor loses appeal over 'anti-Israel' residents

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

A councillor who dismissed residents’ complaints about a company with links to Israel has lost an independent investigation into the case.

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman said that concerns about waste management company Veolia’s involvement with the North London Waste Authority were “anti-Israel nonsense”.

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Opera recital series to launch on Sky Arts

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Opera star Anna Caterina Antonacci and Juan Diego Florez are among those whose careers have been helped by the leading arts philanthropist and lawyer, Ian Rosenblatt.

Now Mr Rosenblatt has secured a major TV deal with Sky Arts to broadcast an international opera recital series.

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'Suspect package' at Israel's Ireland embassy was false alarm

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2012

An army bomb disposal unit was dispatched to the Israeli Embassy in Dublin after a suspect package was found on Tuesday morning.

There were initial reports that the embassy had been evacuated, but staff confirmed they had not been asked to leave the building.

A spokesman for the Dublin Garda later confirmed the incident had been a false alarm and the police operation had concluded.

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Hundreds attend anti-Zionist Al Quds Day protest in London

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2012

Anti-Israel Jews and a Church of England vicar were among the speakers as hundreds of people attended the anti-Zionist Al Quds Day protest in central London.

The annual event – instigated by the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini – calls for the "liberation" of Jerusalem from Israeli control.

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Board challenge to Oxfam

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Oxfam has defended its position on Israel following criticism from the Board of Deputies.

A Board delegation, led by president Vivian Wineman, met the charity's chief executive Barbara Stocking and Middle East regional director to discuss its approach to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

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