Marcus Dysch

Anti-Israel protesters disrupt BBC Proms

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall last night, causing the BBC to abandon its live broadcast of the prom.

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Iran denies aiding Syria crackdown

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Claims that Iran is arming and training Syrian forces in support of President Assad's crackdown on the anti-government uprising have been denied by Tehran.

Iran has signalled it is making steps towards a U-turn in its support of Assad after softening its tone and apparently indicating a degree of backing for the protesters.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initial support for Presiden

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Edinburgh Council bans SDL marchers

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Defence League has been banned from marching through Edinburgh the day before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The off-shoot of the far-right anti-Islamic fundamentalism English Defence League had hoped to protest through the city centre on September 10.

But last Friday, Edinburgh City Council unanimously turned down the SDL's application, on public safety groun

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Anti-Zionists attack Scots sheriff

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has launched a blistering attack on the sheriff who found a student guilty of racially abusing a Jewish postgraduate in his university hall of residence.

The anti-Zionist group said Sheriff Charles Macnair had "violated every canon of fairness and balance" in finding Paul Donnachie guilty of the attack on Chanan Reitblat.

Donnachie rubbed his genita

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Elect a chief rabbi, it shouldn't cost much

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

A democratic election to choose the next chief rabbi could be run cheaply and efficiently by the United Synagogue, according to the Electoral Reform Society.

But the organisation, Britain's leading administrator of ballots and elections, said the US must ensure the electorate is clearly defined and avoid confusion over who is eligible, or risk the legitimacy of the entire process.

Ashley Dé

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Sheikh Salah thanks the Neturei Karta

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah has met leaders of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, to thank them for their support.

The meeting, in London on Tuesday, came after the group backed Sheikh Salah in his fight against deportation from Britain.

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Fury over Rachel Corrie youth opera

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Glyndebourne festival has defended its production of a children's opera based on the writings of pro-Palestinian American activist Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza in 2003.

When I Am Old was performed three times last month by members of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera after they spent five days learning about the Middle East conflict.

Organisers said they wanted to show "the courage and ideal

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Board turns wrath on PSC campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign's anti-Israel rhetoric is "infused with antisemitism" and its members engage in "racist conspiracy theories," according to the Board of Deputies.

Attacking the group and its Scottish counterpart, the Board said the PSC's recent actions reinforced the view that it had become an "impediment" to peace.

PSC director Sarah Colborne said the claims were "smears an

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Manchester to pitch Big Tent for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

A major pro-Israel conference will go ahead in Manchester later this year despite disagreements over its name, format and the range of speakers.

It had been thought the November 27 event would be promoted under the We Believe banner first used by Bicom at its May conference, Britain's largest ever Israel advocacy event, in London.

But, following disagreements between organisers in the north

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'We encourage our visitors to interact with the displays' – Madame Tussauds

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

An Israeli mother has described her shock at witnessing tourists making Heil Hitler salutes next to a waxwork of the Nazi leader at Madame Tussauds.

The woman visited the attraction with her husband and baby son and said she was amazed by fellow tourists posing for pictures with the Führer figure.

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Racially abused Jewish student felt 'unsafe' at St Andrews

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2011

A Jewish student who was racially abused in his university bedroom has said he felt a sense of duty to defend himself and see his abuser brought to justice.

Chanan Reitblat said he realised the trial would become a landmark case for Israel-supporting students, and that despite the personal hurt and humiliation, he must give evidence.

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Anti-Israel protests planned after terror attack

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2011

Anti-Zionists plan to protest outside Israeli embassies in London and New York later today.

The demonstrations are said to be in response to the IDF’s retaliatory air strikes on Gaza yesterday, which followed the deadly terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

The protest is planned by groups including MPAC UK which claimed it was acting after Israel’s “assault” on Gaza.

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Get a chief rabbi, but not with a roadshow

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011

The United Synagogue has not ruled out offering members the chance to vote on the next chief rabbi.

The JC launched a campaign last week for the next chief rabbi - to succeed Lord Sacks when he retires in September 2013 - to be democratically elected, with synagogue members and a wider section of the community having a say in the process.

The US said it was too early to decide what the proce

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Terror inevitable, UK experts warn

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011

The threat posed by international terrorism remains as great as ever, according to experts at a four-day seminar marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

The London Jewish Cultural Centre's 2020 Vision event featured sessions on the government's Prevent counter-terror strategy, Al-Qaeda and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Trudy Gold, LJCC chief executive,

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Parents' tribute to kind-hearted cancer victim

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011

The parents of a Cardiff 27-year-old who lost her battle with cancer have paid tribute to their "little girl with a kind heart".

Justine Cantor was diagnosed with a metastatic malignant melanoma in February. She died last week.

She had been due to take part in clinical trials for a breakthrough drug. There is currently no cure for the condition.

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Jewish groups urge release of Baha'i academics in Iran

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Iran's detention of 11 Baha'i academics has been condemned by the Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students.

British Jews have repeatedly raised concerns about the treatment of Iran's Baha'i community. More than 100 are being held in Iranian prisons, including seven of the community's most senior leaders, some having been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Israel's forgotten man?

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Travelling around northern Israel a couple of weeks ago something caught my eye.

Along the motorways, in the shopping malls, in villages, I saw dozens of posters and billboards featuring a man's face and offering a $10,000,000 reward.

It was a face I was entirely unfamiliar with. “Who,” I asked my Israeli friend, “is that?”

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Particular kind of bad news

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2011

A recent story in the West Sussex County Times was headlined: Woman describes her Israel trip from hell.

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Stars support cancer appeal

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

Celebrities, footballers and politicians have helped a south Wales family to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

The Cantor family wanted to give something back to the Velindre centre, which has helped treat 27-year-old Justine Cantor after she was diagnosed with melanoma.

It provides services for 1.5 million people and is one of the largest centres in Britain.

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'Wrong to link up with Methodists'

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

An expert on Christian-Jewish relations believes British Jews should have cut off all contact with the Methodist Church following its adoption of an anti-Israel policy.

Malcolm Lowe, a Bible scholar who has lectured at the Hebrew University, criticised attempts by the Jewish community to repair relations following last year's Methodist conference.

At the June 2010 conference, delegates voted

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