Marcus Dysch

York 'may tie with Hebrew University'

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Students at York University will vote next week on whether to link up with Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.

If students vote in favour, York University Students' Union (YUSU) will "work to build links with students at the He

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Campus notebook: Bnei Akiva roadshow

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

● Bnei Akiva movement workers took part in the organisation's annual nationwide roadshow, running barbecues for students and discussing BA's work.

They spoke to 26 students in Birmingham before travelling to campuses in Manchester and Leeds this week.BA national director Alex Cohen said: "Our bogrim (students) are the lynchpin of our movement.

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Ken Livingstone on 'Islamophobic' Gove

By Marcus Dysch, November 23, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has claimed Education Secretary Michael Gove is "stridently Islamophobic".

Mr Livingstone made his comments in an interview after being asked about his invitation to controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi during his time as mayor.

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Israeli women strip for Egyptian solidarity

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2011

A group of Israeli women have stripped off in support of an Egyptian blogger who posed naked to highlight the lack of rights for women in the Arab country.

Aliaa Elmahdy, a 20-year-old student, posted a picture of herself wearing only stockings and red patent shoes. She received thousands of abusive messages, including death threats, following the post.

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FA working to tackle football race hatred

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

The Football Association has admitted there is still more work to be done to tackle antisemitic abuse at all levels of the game.

Sue Law, the FA's Head of Equality, said significant improvements had been made in the past 18 months to educate and train match-day stewards, use CCTV to identify offenders, and to assist information-gathering and reporting.

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Mature celebrations

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

A Shabbaton was held in Leeds to celebrate the first birthday of the Northern Jewish Postgraduate and Mature Student Society.

Around 20 people attended the residential weekend, with students from Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and Glasgow joining the event. On the Friday evening, they were given a choice of either an Orthodox or egalitarian service at Hillel House, where meals were also provided.

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Schneider's Mersey beat

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

Comedian and actor David Schneider entertained more than 30 Jewish students at a comedy evening in Liverpool.

The event, hosted by Chabad, saw Mr Schneider perform a routine of Jewish jokes.

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Salah wins right to appeal

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2011

Palestinian activist Raed Salah has been granted permission to appeal against a tribunal ruling which agreed he should be removed from Britain.

Last month an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as his presence "would not be conducive to the public good".

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Just a few hotheads, Mr Willetts?

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2011

A wave of hate speakers spread across British campuses this week, just days after Universities Minister David Willetts advised people to pay little attention to a "small number of hot-heads", claiming the number of campus extremists was declining.

In London, the leader of the British branch of extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.

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Chabad hosts Mayor

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Oxford Chabad hosted a Shabbat dinner in honour of the city's first Jewish Lord Mayor for almost 900 years.

Councillor Elise Benjamin was joined by other civic dignitaries and around 80 students and university staff members at the Slager Chabad Jewish Centre.

Cllr Benjamin spoke of her pride at the Jewish community's connections to the city, which stretch back to medieval times.

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Campus notebook: new Middlesex JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

● Jewish students at Middlesex University have set up a new JSoc.

The newly-created committee signed up 30 members at last month's Freshers Fair, and has recorded more than 100 people showing interest in educational and social events.

One of the first events was a Halloween bar crawl, attended by around 15 students. A sushi night will be held on Monday, November 14, in support of Tzedek.

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Mensch proud to speak at Stand With Us event

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Conservative MP Louise Mensch said she was proud to speak at a Jewish student conference despite criticism from anti-Israel bloggers.

Mrs Mensch was guest speaker at Sunday's Stand With Us – Israel in Focus conference.

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Euro 2012 warning

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Concerns have been raised about the likelihood of antisemitic abuse and incidents taking place at football's European Championships next year.

MP John Mann, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has asked Uefa to explain what will be done to avoid incidents at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine next June.

In a letter to Uefa president Michel Platini,

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Liberation: campaign is close to collapsing

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has been forced to cancel plans for a week of Israel advocacy events on campuses.

"Liberation Week" was due to begin on Monday.

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Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.

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Board of Deputies woos under 35s

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

More must be done to encourage younger members of the community to join the Board of Deputies, according to the 250-year-old organisation's own executive officers.

President Vivian Wineman, senior vice-president Jonathan Arkush, and chief executive Jon Benjamin have acknowledged that greater efforts must be made to recognise the talents and contribution of younger Jews.

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Best shawarma is shop-bought

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Too dry? Too chewy? Too greasy? Those were the questions on the lips of the audience at Israel Connect's first Shawarma Showdown.

The lighthearted contest was organised to settle one of the community's favourite debates - who makes London's best kosher shawarma?

More than 70 people tucked in to different versions of the popular Israeli dish at a north-west London pub on Sunday evening.

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Britain's first transgender rabbi?

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

A peace worker who wants to become Britain's first transgender rabbi is to feature in a new prime-time documentary.

Maxwell Zachs, who did not want to give his birth name, was born female but began the physical transition to become a man in 2009.

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University minister: 'ignore anti-Israel hotheads'

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has urged Britain and Israel to look beyond delegitimisation and boycott campaigns and instead celebrate the level of co-operation between the two countries.

He acknowledged that anti-Israel activity on British campuses remained a problem, but said business, academic and research links were "mutually beneficial and making real progress".

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