Marcus Dysch

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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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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