Marcus Dysch

Tribunal hears from BA steward who was 'victim of antisemitism'

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2012

An air steward who was sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault has claimed he was the victim of antisemitic abuse from a colleague.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that a row had erupted in a New York bar as BA staff discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.

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British Airways steward says he was sacked after 'antisemitic' row

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2012

An air steward has claimed British Airways sacked him after a row with a colleague who allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that an argument erupted in a New York bar when BA staff discussed the Nazis and the alleged tirade left the Jewish steward "shocked and insulted".

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New campaign in support of circumcision

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2012

A cross-communal campaign group is to be launched to defend religious circumcision in Britain.

There is widespread support from across the spectrum of synagogal groups and religious bodies to speak out in favour of brit milah.

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Leaked Foreign Office documents attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

Leaked Foreign Office documents accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of blaming the Palestinian Authority for inciting hatred of Israel as an excuse for him to delay peace talks.

The previously redacted documents, released following a Freedom of Information Act request, appear to reveal Foreign Office officials’ views of Mr Netanyahu and the Middle East peace process.

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Three charged with synagogue burglary

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

Three people have been charged by police after an alleged burglary at a synagogue.

It is alleged that the trio — all of whom are Jewish — broke into the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, on Saturday and stole a set of car keys before taking a vehicle that was parked outside the shul.

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Passenger attacks stewardess on easyJet Israel flight

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

A Tel Aviv-to-London flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger suspected of being drunk attacked an air stewardess.

The easyjet plane landed in Paphos, Cyprus, on Monday evening after the man began shouting abuse at fellow passengers shortly after take off.

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Primary pupils get a kick out of Wembley Stadium event

By Marcus Dysch, June 28, 2012

London Jewish primary pupils enjoyed a visit to Wembley Stadium to mark the completion of an interfaith project.

Twenty North West London Jewish Day School children took part in activities with pupils from Catholic and Muslim primaries, designing football kits, delivering presentations and having an impromptu kick-about.

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New premises for Notts students

By Marcus Dysch, June 28, 2012

Jewish students in Nottingham will hold social and religious events in new premises when they return for the next academic year.

Deals struck with universities in the city have provided the thriving Jewish student population with new and bigger venues.

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Yavneh college pupil's link to Shoah victim

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Borehamwood batmitzvah girl and her family turned her simchah into a moving memorial to a 10-year-old Holocaust victim.

Yavneh College pupil Leah Stepsky had asked her teachers to replicate an Israeli scheme which links bar- and batmitzvah students with young Holocaust victims through birth dates.

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Quakers and Christian Aid Parliament lobby over Israel settlements

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Two leading Christian groups, the Quakers and Christian Aid, have urged the government to ban the import of products from Israeli settlements.

At a Parliamentary briefing on Tuesday, Christian Aid officers and Quakers told MPs that stopping goods from West Bank settlements being sold in Britain would enhance the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Anglican vicar links to hate website

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Church of England vicar has deleted a link on his blog which directed readers to a website featuring Holocaust revisionism and adverts for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Reverend Stephen Sizer directed readers to a story on the Window Into Palestine site about the BBC’s coverage of Syria.

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Uefa slaps down bid to boycott Israel 2013

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Uefa president Michel Platini has rejected calls to strip Israel of a high-profile football tournament and rebuked the Palestinian Football Association for lobbying against Israel.

Next year’s European Under-21 Championship will go ahead as planned — despite what Mr Platini called “a certain amount of pressure being put on us”.

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Hague to honour wartime British spy who saved Jews

By Marcus Dysch, June 15, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague is to unveil a plaque at a Jewish cemetery in honour of a British spy who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis.

Major Frank Foley worked undercover for MI6, posing as a passport officer at the British Embassy in Berlin. He provided fake exit papers and acquired visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape.

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Students host radical Islamist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University’s Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.

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Amid the failures, bright hopes for future on campus

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

It would be easy to highlight the antisemitic attack which left a young Jew with a broken nose on a student union ski trip as evidence of another depressing and desperate year for Jewish students.

But the past nine months have been a period of relative calm on campuses, albeit one peppered with occasional serious incidents acting as reminders of the constant threat of racism and extremism.

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Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.

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Journalist Giles Coren faces Press Complaints Commission over restaurant column

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

Journalist Giles Coren has been reported to the Press Complaints Commission by a Holocaust survivor who was offended by a column about a restaurant popular with Jewish pensioners.

Mr Coren’s colourful attack on the Oslo Court restaurant in St John’s Wood, north west London, featured in his Times column last month.

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Film-maker's balanced Israel documentary causes anger in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An Irish film-maker has explained how his documentary about Israel and the Palestinians caused outrage in his home country — by taking a balanced view on the conflict.

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England squad visits Auschwitz - the right move

By Marcus Dysch, June 8, 2012

The England players who visit Auschwitz today are sure to have a moving experience.

Ever since former boss Fabio Capello decided to base the squad in Krakow for the Euro 2012 tournament, the FA has worked hard to ensure the right tone is set.

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Vicar’s plea to save Torah scroll of Iraq's last Jews

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

A vicar who oversees the protection of Baghdad’s seven remaining Jews is hoping to find assistance to save 365 ancient sefer Torah scrolls.

Canon Andrew White said the scrolls were currently kept in the basement of a church museum in the Iraqi capital where they are rotting and liable to be eaten by rats.

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