Marcus Dysch

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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Campus notebook: singing contest

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

● Manchester singer Katie Bernstein was named runner-up in the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year competition.

The 22-year-old began her singing career with local Jewish amateur dramatic societies and did her first gig supporting Brit Awards winner Katie Melua at the BBC's Proms in the Park event.

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Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.

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The far-right Jewish voice split and in 'disarray '

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The hardline Jewish activist Roberta Moore was this week accused of being a divisive figure in the far-right's attempts to enlist support from members of the mainstream Jewish community.

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Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.

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Anti-Zion Jews mark flotilla day

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Jewish anti-Zionists joined pro-Palestinian activists at a memorial event this week, to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza flotilla incident.

Nine Turkish activists died during a confrontation with Israeli forces on May 31 last year as the flotilla, led by the Mavi Marmara ship, attempted to reach Gaza.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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Blair: Palestinians have 'no alternative' to peace process

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Tony Blair has said Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to the peace process.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said it was crucial to support the Palestinian economy in order to advance the possibilities of success in the process.

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We are impartial on Israel, says BBC

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

The BBC has defended its approach to reporting on the Middle East and the Israel-Palestinian conflict amid claims and allegations from supporters of both sides.

On Monday, a controversial panel discussion organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Middle East Monitor Online media group dealt almost solely with the Corporation's reports from the region.

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NUS leader attacks union's Hamas link

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

The National Union of Students president has attacked his union's own executive committee over its backing for a series of anti-Israel measures.

Aaron Porter said he did not agree with proposals to send British students on future flotillas to Gaza, or plans to build links with the Hamas-backed Islamic University of Gaza.

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Pickles announces funding to preserve Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Auschwitz-Birkenau's preservation and restoration project will benefit from a £2.15 million British government contribution.

Announcing the funding on Thursday, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the money would be used to ensure the concentration camp could continue to educate people about the Holocaust.

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How do you get a new nose? Use your head

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

It may not have been a nose job in the traditional sense, but the story behind 109-year-old Meir Korner's new nose is quite remarkable.

Surgeons in his home city of Haifa were forced to amputate because of a tumour - and immediately rebuilt it using skin from his own forehead.

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Chaplains celebrate record year

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

University Jewish Chaplaincy is celebrating its most successful year after its chaplains fed more students and dealt with a greater number of requests for help than ever before.

The 10 chaplaincy families around Britain served more than 4,500 meals to students, the highest total ever reached in UJC's 40-year history.

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Frat pack makes UK debut

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Raise the subject of university "frat packs" and students are most likely to quote lines from the Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn cult film, Old School.

But now Jewish students in Britain can experience the reality of fraternity life for themselves.

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Campus notebook: The Graduate Leaving Experience

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

● Two Jewish students from Nottingham University have released their latest online short film.

The Graduate Leaving Experience looks at the difficulty of finding a job after university, combining a mixture of comedy and adult jokes.

Nic Gilbert and Jonathan Kogan's films have received more than 100,000 hits on YouTube and taken campuses by storm.

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Having a blow-out in the Windies

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

The small Caribbean island may be only a 10-hour flight away on the other side of the Atlantic, but you are greeted by scenes you would have thought probably only possible in paradise: beautiful blue skies, the ocean lapping at the side of the runway, and scorching sunshine.

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