Marcus Dysch

Call to boycott the boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Supporters of Israel are being encouraged to boycott Co-operative supermarkets in response to the collective's refusal to stock produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-op is the fifth biggest food retailer in the country. It extended its policy to bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements last month.

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Jerusalem Quartet players disrupted in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Anti-Israel activists disrupted a performance this week by the Jerusalem Quartet at England's largest arts festival.

The Israeli classical ensemble was playing at the Brighton Festival on Tuesday evening when the protest took place.

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Gravedigger sacked after 'showing porn' in morgue

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

A gravedigger has been sacked after he is alleged to have shown pornographic material to a female undertaker while collecting a body for burial.

The Jewish man, who worked at the United Synagogue's Bushey Cemetery, is believed to have shown the porn to the woman at a mortuary in London.

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Irish minister livid as band cancels Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter has accused anti-Israel activists of waging a "cyber-bullying" campaign to force an Irish folk group to cancel its performances in Israel.

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Donnachie loses appeal as Scots judge rules no injustice at trial

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat last March at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a "terrorist".

Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last S

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Co-op bans settlement produce in Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

One of Britain's largest supermarket chains is to boycott all companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-operative movement, which has refused to stock products from the settlements since 2009, this week took the decision to extend its policy and will now bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements.

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Israeli ambassador made to feel secure on Liverpool campus

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Israel's ambassador to Britain has defied attempts to ban him from a university campus by successfully delivering a lecture in Liverpool.

Daniel Taub spoke amid stringent security measures at Liverpool University on Wednesday after the Israeli Embassy "upped the ante" by sending him to appear in place of his deputy, Alon Roth-Snir.

Students, academics, alumni and trade union members had last

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Hero Brit who saved Argentinian Jew during Falklands

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Many of the Falklands War's acts of heroism have entered armed forces folklore, but a newly-revealed story may be one of the most remarkable of them all.

The five-day Battle of San Carlos, 30 years ago this month, saw British forces create a beachhead and land troops on the Falklands as the fight to reclaim the islands began.

Amid the fighting, a Jewish Argentinian soldier found himself pinn

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Neo-Nazi youth group on EU funded council

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2012

Lithuanian neo-Nazi youth group has been adopted onto a council which receives European Union funding.

The Union of Lithuanian Nationalist Youth (ULNY) was unanimously elected to the Lithuanian Council of Youth Organisations at a national conference last weekend.

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St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse appeal fails

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a “terrorist”.

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Double vision safeguards north east chaplaincy role

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2012

A unique partnership will allow Jewish students in the north east of England to benefit from the services of a chaplain for the foreseeable future.

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey will combine his role at Newcastle's United Hebrew Congregation with work for the University Jewish Chaplaincy to cover campuses in Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside.

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Ken defends record against 'tissue of lies'

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

Ken Livingstone has said the capital's Jewish community "should be celebrated" and promised to work to defend Jewish rights if elected as London's Mayor next week.

Addressing a London Jewish Forum lunch in Hampstead on Tuesday, Mr Livingstone took issue with his critics.

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Leeds' Levi sues Ken Bates again

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A former Leeds United director is seeking damages from the club's current chairman, Ken Bates, over alleged harassment. Melvyn Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Part of the claim - being heard at Leeds County Court - rests on comments made by Mr Bates in the club's matchday programme.

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Amnesty chief stands by its work on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

The director of Amnesty International UK has staunchly defended the charity's approach to Israel and the Palestinians amid claims that it repeatedly displays anti-Israel bias.

Kate Allen said she was "very proud" of Amnesty's work, which has drawn widespread criticism from groups supporting Israel.

She denied that reports produced by Amnesty, and events it had hosted about the conflict, had

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Labour Jews still critical but endorse Ken Livingstone with a week to go

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A group of prominent Jewish Labour supporters who expressed their concerns about Ken Livingstone have now endorsed his candidacy for London Mayor.

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World aid charity is up for promotion

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

International development charity Tzedek has stepped up its efforts on campuses with sessions introducing students to the organisation's projects.

Tzedek's campus worker Hannah Gaventa toured universities to discuss volunteering and vocational training schemes in Africa and Asia with students.

Hannah said: "This year students will work with local NGOs in Tamale, northern Ghana.

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Where to meet Monroe and the apes

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

There cannot be many 85-year-old Bafta winners who spend their time hanging pictures on walls in renovated basements.

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UK terror victims can claim compensation

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

British victims of terrorist attacks abroad can now apply for compensation as part of a new government scheme.

The Ministry of Justice announced the plan on Monday and confirmed that people injured in attacks in Israel could apply.

The scheme will initially consider applications from those injured in six serious terror attacks - including the atrocities in Mumbai in 2008 and Bali in 2002 - b

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Sizer: I am ready to meet the Board of Deputies any time

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A decision on whether or not to charge a Church of England vicar with incitement to racial hatred is expected to be made before the end of the month, Surrey police have told the JC.

Reverend Stephen Sizer posted a link from a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Police are investigating the case after a complaint was made last month

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Scottish National Party drops foul- mouth ranter

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A council election candidate who made dozens of offensive remarks about Jews, Muslims, immigrants, women and homosexuals, has resigned from the Scottish National Party.

Lyall Duff repeatedly posted comments online attacking people from all backgrounds and religions, and on topics including football, guns, terror attacks, disabilities and illegal car repairs.

He had been due to stand as an SN

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