Marcus Dysch

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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Muamba life-saving medics honoured

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Two doctors who saved the life of footballer Fabrice Muamba have received a special award for their efforts.

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner and Bolton Wanderers’ club doctor Jonathan Tobin, a member of Mill Hill Synagogue, were among the first on the scene when the midfielder collapsed from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Lancashire side in March.

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Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has resigned as patron of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign to members and encouraged them to lobby against the country.

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Rabbis urge Apple to ban antisemitic app

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2012

An app which allows a notorious antisemitic book to be downloaded to mobile devices has been condemned by the Conference of European Rabbis.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is available to buy for 69p on Apple’s iTunes store.

Its description on the store acknowledges that the Protocols is a forgery and part of antisemitic, anti-Zionist conspiracy theory.

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Conservative Friends of Israel attack envoy Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Parliament's biggest pro-Israel lobby group has attacked the British ambassador to the country after he claimed that public opinion was turning against Israel due to its policies on settlements and treatment of Palestinians.

Conservative Friends of Israel said Matthew Gould's remarks on anti-Israel sentiment in Britain and boycott campaigns were "unrepresentative of reality".

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Father drowns in sea during mikveh ritual

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Hundreds of people have mourned a strictly Orthodox community stalwart who drowned on holiday while using the sea as a mikveh.

Dov Berish Englander, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties after wading into the sea off Aberystwyth beach in Wales.

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'Most decorated' gymnast Raisman shows Jewish pride

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2012

The London Olympics' most decorated Jewish athlete has said the poignancy of winning two gold medals on the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre made the success more special.

Gymnast Aly Raisman will return to the United States after wowing audiences with her performances, which also won her a bronze medal.

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Guardian withdraws 'Tel Aviv is Israel's capital' claims

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2012

The Guardian has rowed back from its claim that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel after a media-monitoring group threatened legal action.

The newspaper conceded that its style guide was wrong to state that “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is”.

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It’s Shabbat fashion, but not as we know it

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

Is it a cowboy? Is it a samurai? Is it Indiana Jones? No, it’s a Chasid.

The latest design on Israel’s catwalks may be better suited to a Hollywood movie set than a Friday-night walk to shul in Stamford Hill.

The “frum fashion” is a new creation by Aner Shevach, a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

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Thousands join debate on dangers of internet

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

A conference to discuss steering young strictly Orthodox Jews away from online dangers is expected to attract up to 6,000 people.

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