Marcus Dysch

Students clash at Israel Apartheid Week

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2012

Jewish students have clashed with anti-Israel protesters during a fight at the London School of Economics.

A scuffle broke out between Jewish and Israeli students and demonstrators who had erected a mock "Israeli apartheid wall" as part of an Israel Apartheid Week protest.

LSE's Israel Society condemned the violent scenes and claimed a Jewish student was injured in the melee.

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Miliband backs Israel - and Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

A "significant and important body of support for Israel" in the Parliamentary Labour Party was highlighted by Ed Miliband when he addressed the Young Norwood current affairs group's annual reception.

In conversation with the Guardian's Michael White, Mr Miliband expressed frustration at the impasse in the Middle East peace process.

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Finkelstein disowns 'silly' Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Controversial American anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein has launched a blistering attack on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, labelling it a "cult" led by "dishonest gurus".

He made his comments during an interview with anti-Israel activist Frank Barat at Imperial College, London, earlier this week.

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When a Cohen was the world champion boxer

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Growing up in Algeria in the 1930s, Robert Cohen was teased for his diminutive stature and labelled "Gambuch" – short legs.

Little could he, or the playground bullies, have known that those jibes would inspire him to take the first steps in a boxing career that would lead the 5ft 2in tall, religious Jewish boy to become a champion.

At the age of 23, in front of a crowd of 70,000 which incl

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Oxford JSoc finds recipe for success

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Oxford JSoc leaders believe the success of a dedicated fundraising initiative will help "turn the tide" on falling numbers attending its Shabbat dinners.

In an attempt to stem the decline the society's committee approached donors within the wider Jewish community to raise the money needed to lower the cost of Friday night meals for students.

The committee had witnessed a significant drop in

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Kosher in small communities

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

No kosher butcher, no kosher baker, and not even any Shabbat candles for sale.

What do you do when you want to keep kosher but your nearest kashrut-friendly store is three hours away by car?

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Raising the bar: how a bold idea sparked success

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The biggest Jewish Society fundraising initiative ever undertaken on a British campus has raised more than £11,000 for charity.

Students from Nottingham JSoc took part in the 100 for 100 campaign, which encouraged 100 members to each raise £100. Many raised far more.

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Judge hails mugger catchers

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

A judge has praised the efforts of seven Shomrim volunteers who caught gang members who mugged a man at a bus stop in August.

The Shomrim group stopped the gang escaping by car and held the robbers until police arrived.

Judge John Anderson praised their "brave" actions as "an excellent example of public-spirited willingness to take responsibility, at least partially, for the safety of member

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BBC defends rap song censorship

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The BBC Trust has defended the censoring of a rap song which contained the words "Free Palestine".

The Trust's ruling - which was made on the basis of upholding impartiality - prompted pro-Palestinian activists to claim that the Corporation had an "institutionalised bias against the Palestinians".

When rapper Mic Righteous performed on a BBC Radio 1Xtra show, he sang: "I still have the same

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After eight years, stalker's victim is awarded £3,500 compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after a High Court judge ruled that the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has been repeatedly jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Strictly Soulmates: The BBC's kosher dating show

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

It was once taboo to admit in public you're struggling to find a date.

But that didn't stop three Jewish twentysomethings taking the dramatic step of looking for love in full view of millions of TV viewers.

Jason Goldstein, Richard Ludwig and Natalie Samuel agreed to take part in a BBC documentary exploring the difficulties faced by singles looking for love within their own religion.

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Hull follows its 'speak up' tradition

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

Hull University history students displayed an exhibit on genocide as part of the city's HMD efforts.

Their project includes insights into human rights violations from the concentration camps of the Boer War to more recent genocides, and follows the Speak Up, Speak Out theme of this year's commemoration.

Second-year student James Selway has written to David Cameron urging the government to do

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Campus notebook: Liverpool JSoc celebrates anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

● Liverpool JSoc celebrates its 90th anniversary with a charity ball on March 3.

Money will be raised for three charities: the Lone Soldier Centre, which supports young immigrants and volunteers serving in the Israeli Defence Forces; Langdon College, the residential specialist further education college for Jewish students with learning difficulties; and the Daniel Bleiberg Trust, set up in me

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Jewish business ethics charity closes

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The Jewish Association for Business Ethics (Jabe) has closed due to a lack of funding. It is thought four people, including executive director Lorraine Spector, lost their jobs.

The organisation was formed in 1991 and relied entirely on private funding. It encouraged integrity in professional conduct and taught Jewish ethical approaches to business.

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Stalker back in jail after breaking lifetime order

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

A serial stalker is behind bars again after breaching his lifetime restraining order to approach his victim.

Elliot Fogel, 37, was jailed for two years for continuing his campaign against Claire Waxman.

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Israeli theatre company expects Globe Shakespeare disruption

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

A senior Habimah Theatre producer has admitted that actors expect anti-Israel activists will succeed in disrupting their performance at a major international festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in May.

Israel's leading theatre company will perform The Merchant Of Venice in Hebrew as part of a six-week event at the Globe to coincide with the Cultural Olympiad.

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Guardian attack on CST prompts anger

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The Guardian has apologised after it implicated the Community Security Trust in a story attacking Education Secretary Michael Gove.

The newspaper ran a piece criticising Mr Gove's role in awarding government funding to the charity while he also sat on CST's advisory board.

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Tower Hamlets Respect chair guilty of assault at Tesco demo

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a boycott protest at a supermarket.

Carole Swords, chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli goods from potential vandalism.

Swords has previously written on Facebook that Zionists are "cockroaches" who "hide in the dark and try to create havoc where they

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Stalking victim receives compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after the High Court ruled the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Guardian's 'misleading' look at Gove's support of Jewish security organisation

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

The Community Security Trust and Department for Education have defended Education Secretary Michael Gove following criticism of his role in awarding government funding to the Jewish organisation while also acting on its advisory board.

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