Marcus Dysch



Reporting Raed Salah

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

I had intended to blog about some of the bizarre coverage yesterday of the Raed Salah case.

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Goodman takes top spot at JNF UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

David Goodman has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of JNF UK.

He joined the charity last October from the Office of the Chief Rabbi, taking on the role in an acting capacity.

Mr Goodman, who previously worked at Kisharon and served in the IDF for more than 12 years, said: "I have always believed in the JNF's mission of developing the land of Israel and supporting its people.

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Lord Triesman helps to net £435K for Norwood

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has explained his frustration and disappointment over England's failed World Cup 2018 bid and the chain of events which led to him leaving the FA.

Speaking at Norwood's annual property lunch he also shed more light on the allegations he made against Fifa, football's world governing body.

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Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si

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Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f

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Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo

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Eric Pickles: UCU sending Jews 'chilling message'

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles believes the University and College Union's rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism sends a "chilling message" to Jewish academics and students.

Writing exclusively for the JC, Mr Pickles says UCU now believes that Jews are "fair game for invective" and has become "a most unlikely champion of free speech".

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Historic Haggadah discovered

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2011

A rare Haggadah published for a 19th century Jewish Indian community has been discovered in Manchester.

The 137-year-old leather-bound book is thought to be the only one of its kind in Britain. It was bought by historian Yaakov Wise at a garage sale in Salford. He is now researching its history.

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Bercow hails Three Faiths scheme

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Commons Speaker John Bercow addressed students at the finale of the Three Faiths Forum's leadership programme.

It served as the graduation of 45 students who took part in the UN-award winning Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) scheme, encouraging students from different religions to work together.

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Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan

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Why 'hook-nosed' Begin was denied entry to UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Menachem Begin was refused a visa to enter Britain in 1955 after the Foreign Office warned that his admission could damage relations with the Israeli government.

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Baroness Tonge's dream: Palestinians march to their homeland

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Baroness Tonge has questioned the right of Jews to emigrate to Israel and described her "dream" of Palestinian refugees being able to "march to their homeland".

"I have a dream just like Martin Luther King… There could be hundreds of thousands if not millions of Palestinians marching to change their homeland.

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'Access - but no influence' says Board

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has admitted the Jewish community has "no influence" over government policy and faces a testing time working to establish relationships with coalition ministers.

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Bid to show the 'true face of Hamas'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Campaigners from a new grassroots group which pledges to "expose Hamas's true face" say they will step up their efforts to inform the British public about the Islamic resistance movement.

The independent Campaign For Truth will also encourage the media to report more accurately on Hamas's ideology.

On Sunday, activists took part in a leafleting session on London's Oxford Street and at Marble

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Getting grassroots out: Israeli deputy ambassador optimistic

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Community leaders must do everything possible to encourage grassroots supporters of Israel, according to its deputy ambassador to Britain.

Alon Roth-Snir said last month's We Believe in Israel conference had provided the perfect platform for members of the Jewish community to speak up and challenge delegitimisation and the boycott campaign.

Mr Roth-Snir said: "People want to do something an

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Time for actions now, not words

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's new, tougher approach to tackling terror and extremism is, in theory, a step in the right direction.

In practice the Prevent review contained little that we did not already know. There were no great revelations into the previous Labour government's failures, or solid facts on the coalition's future intentions.

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Is Prevent a clear anti-terror map?

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's reworked counter-terrorism strategy has received a cautious welcome from Jewish and anti-extremist groups.

The Prevent strategy review was published this week after months of internal wrangling between government departments over how tough measures against Islamist extremists should be.

Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to tackle the ideology behind terrorism, prevent peopl

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Boycott leader defends Fogel killers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel has caused fresh controversy this week after suggesting that the murderer of the Fogel family in Itamar was seeking to avenge "Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF".

Jim Bollan, a Scottish Socialist Party councillor, made the comments in an email to a British pro-Israel activist who had contacted him about the boycott

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Analysis: An encouraging year, but big challenges are ahead

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Until May 17 the Union of Jewish Students could have reflected on the academic year as a successful one.

Despite the continued thorn in the side of university invitations to hate speakers, the past nine months had passed off in relative peace.

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Genesis doing it for the kids

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Students taking part in the Genesis leadership and learning programme have raised more than £3,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The money was collected at the project's Apprentice evening earlier this term, ahead of a mission which saw students distribute clothes, toys and sweets to the Tikva network of Jewish orphanages in Odessa, Ukraine.

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