Marcus Dysch

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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Threats over Edinburgh Fringe show

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

The promoter of a controversial Edinburgh Fringe show about Palestinians says that he has received death threats from angry supporters of Israel.

I ♥ Hamas – and other things I’m afraid to tell you, is a satirical stand-up performance by American actress, writer and comedian Jennifer Jajeh.

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Co-op stands by Syria, but remains defiant on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A petition signed by more than 4,000 people opposed to the Co-operative movement’s boycott of Israeli settlement products has been handed over to the company.

The Israel advocacy group We Believe collected 4,089 signatures after the Co-op adopted the stance in May.

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Kosher food at the London Olympics — it's a secret

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

Spectators hoping to buy kosher food at London 2012 may face an Olympian effort to locate their meals.

Strict rules on advertising at the Olympics means companies providing kosher meals cannot promote their products or tell Jewish spectators where the food will be available.

Kosher food producer Hermolis is among the companies contracted to create special meals during the Games.

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Hotel was 'duped' on far-right MEPs' event featuring BNP's Nick Griffin

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A hotel which advertises itself as “the ideal venue for your Jewish wedding” says it was duped into hosting an event featuring BNP leader Nick Griffin.

The Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa on the Wirral, Cheshire, went ahead with the conference despite a campaign from anti-fascist activists to encourage it to cancel the booking.

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ITV buys Israel dating show

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A trio of British women will turn to Israel for inspiration as they attempt to find their perfect partner.

They are set to take part in new ITV2 dating show Three — which the channel has bought from the same Israeli production company that inspired the Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland.

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New government adviser rejects boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

The newly-appointed chief scientific adviser to the government has dismissed the threat posed to Israel by academic boycott activists in Britain.

Sir Mark Walport, 59, a top rheumatologist and immunologist, said while anti-Israel campaigners had generated “a lot of heat”, their efforts had resulted in little support from scientists.

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BBC claims 'online lobby' generated complaints over refusal to identify Israel's capital

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2012

The BBC has claimed that complaints over its refusal to identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in its online Olympic guide were “generated by online lobby activity”.

In response to a viewer’s complaint, the corporation’s complaints department responded: “We feel it is worth explaining that a considerable number of complaints have been generated by online lobby activity.”

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How Brondesbury revived its fortunes

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

When Baruch Levin arrived at Brondesbury Park Synagogue, the young rabbi found a community mired in apparently terminal decline.

Shabbat services attracted less than 30 people, none under the age of 60. The community had downsized, selling its old, decrepit shul and moving into the hall next door as a step towards “winding down”.

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Woody Allen asked to make film in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

A campaign to encourage Woody Allen to make a film in Israel is being backed by Shimon Peres and has two mayors vying to win over the director, who has never been to Israel. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat met Allen in New York earlier this year and invited him to visit the Israeli capital. Mr Allen said he would consider the offer.

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Amnesty International defends official accused of anti-Israel bias

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Amnesty International this week defended a senior officer accused by the Zionist Federation of co-ordinating campaigns against Israel.

The ZF said Kristyan Benedict had “regularly shown a partisan approach” when dealing with the country.

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British Jews alert and ready to deal with London 2012 Olympic security concerns

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Despite the murders in Bulgaria, the London Olympics poses no specific threat to the Jewish community, although organisations should remain vigilant, experts have advised.

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UK will be ‘dragged in’ to Israeli strike on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict, a Foreign Office minister has confirmed.

The territory has previously been used by the CIA for secret rendition flights and by the United States military as a base for long-range bombing missions on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Israelis killed in Bulgaria bus suicide bombing

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Iran for the bombing of a bus which killed at least seven Israelis in a Bulgarian resort.

He said "all signs point to Iran" and said Israel would "respond with force".

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