Marcus Dysch

Teenage shul burglars get four months

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

Two teenagers who burgled a synagogue and stole the keys to a congregant’s car have been ordered to spend four months in a young offenders’ institute.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north west London, and rifled through lockers.

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Conservative and Labour MPs take part in new Israel missions

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The government has “no truck with those who seek to delegitimise Israel”, Foreign Secretary William Hague told activists at the Conservative Party conference this week.

Mr Hague said the government would never waver in its support for peace and security for Israel, and suggested the peace process could be resurrected.

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Remains of missing Israeli soldier Majdi Halabi found

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The body of an Israeli soldier has been found more than seven years after he went missing while on a hike.

Majdi Halabi was 19 when he was last seen on May 24 2005, near Mount Carmel.

Remains found in nearby Daliyat al-Karmel three weeks ago were forensically tested, and DNA evidence has now confirmed they are those of Private Halabi.

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First Israeli student to receive scholarship at British university

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The first scholarship programme to support an Israeli at a British university has welcomed its inaugural student.

Elad Almog will spend a year studying for a Masters in international hotel and tourism marketing at Oxford Brookes University as part of the Scholarship for Israel scheme.

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BBC-monitoring site is launched

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

A new website is to monitor the BBC’s coverage of events in Israel.

BBC Watch is the sister site of the United States-based CiF Watch blog which tackles the Guardian’s reports on Israel and the Palestinians.

The new site launched on Wednesday and will fact-check stories produced by BBC journalists and “correct misinformation before it spreads worldwide”.

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Union rejects Palestine Solidarity Campaign link

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a proposal to affiliate with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Napo - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated a motion at its annual general meeting in Torquay.

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Burglary charge for teenager

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 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 the Sunday before Yom Kippur.

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

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English Defence League debate in London cancelled by venue

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2012

A planned debate between the leader of the English Defence League and a Muslim activist has been cancelled amid security concerns.

Tommy Robinson and Abdullah al Andalusi were due to discuss “Islam or Islamophobia — which is a threat to Britain?” at an event yesterday (Thursday October 4), organised by the Muslim Debate Initiative, of which Mr al Andalusi is a co-founder.

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Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”

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Anti-Israel activists ask Barcelona FC to uninvite Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

Anti-Israel activists in Spain have called on Barcelona football club to drop 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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The great Golders Green etrog theft

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A man has been fined after he stole an etrog from a specialist Succot store.

Ali Kerman-Shali was arrested after he put the fruit in his pocket and ran away from the shop in Golders Green, north west London.

The etrog was estimated to be worth around £80.

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Students tour Israel on Stand With Us project

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A group of British students toured Israel as part of a trip to complete a year-long education course.

The Stand With Us UK fellowship programme was launched in January and introduces students to leading figures in diplomacy, academia and education. The participants are trained to become advocates for Israel and to challenge misconceptions in the media.

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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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