Marcus Dysch

Internship aid on offer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Students, graduates and job seekers will have the chance to find work experience and internships with the help of a Jewish charity this summer.

TrainE-TraidE, which provides employment opportunities for Jews, is running a scheme aimed at placing prospective job candidates in companies across a range of industries.

Shraga Zaltzman, managing director of TrainE-TraidE, said: "Finding a job is difficult at the best of times, not to mention now during an economic recession. The summer placement scheme will help to provide candidates with experience."

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Synagogue members list contacted by canvassers

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Synagogue members have been contacted by canvassers who claimed a Conservative Party candidate was endorsed by the congregation.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue were called on Tuesday evening by people claiming to be ringing on behalf of the Conservative Party.

The calls raised concerns that the synagogue's membership list may have been leaked or stolen.

SH chairman Michael Hatchwell was forced to email congregants alerting them to the canvassing. But he said the membership list had not been released.

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Envoy attack sparks fear for Israelis' safety

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Concerns have been raised for the safety of Israelis speaking to university students in Britain after its deputy ambassador fled to a security office as protesters attempted to attack her on a campus.

Talya Lador-Fresher feared she would be assaulted when demonstrators climbed on the bonnet of her car to try to smash the windscreen.

She had been speaking to members of Manchester University's Politics Society last Wednesday evening. Around 40 demonstrators, not believed to be students, gathered at the venue.

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Leeds Student demands apology for pulled edition

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

A university newspaper was temporarily pulled from the shelves by the student union after it published an interview with a Palestinian journalist whose comments were interpreted as suggesting Jews control the media.

Leeds Student, the Leeds University newspaper, interviewed Sameh Habeeb, the founder and editor of the online Palestine Telegraph, about his experiences during last year's Gaza conflict.

Mr Habeeb said there was a "media blackout" on reporting life in Gaza and was then asked: "Do you believe mainstream media organisations have a hidden agenda?"

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The Leeds Student fiasco - why these amateurs need a reality check

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2010

Once upon a time I worked for the Leeds Student – the once highly acclaimed Leeds University newspaper.

This week I am ashamed to have that stain on my CV.

Admittedly my involvement with the paper was occasional, and mainly limited to reporting on uni football and writing a column on darts, wrestling and rugby league during my three years at the university.

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UJS send exam survival packages to students

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is helping its members through the stressful exam period by distributing special survival packs containing chicken soup and cupcakes.

Students can choose to buy rations for themselves or parents can order one for their child complete with a personalised, handwritten card.

The £3.50 packs contain chicken soup, kosher Haribo sweets and a UJS pen.

As part of the "supper in a cuppa" project, UJS staff will also visit JSocs and Hillel houses around Britain to deliver cups of chicken soup and cakes for those in need of revision respite.

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Durham JSoc mission to provide Shabbat dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The meat is delivered from Manchester, the rabbinical supervision comes from Gateshead, and the chef works for the university.

Preparing a kosher Friday night dinner for Jewish students in Durham is a team effort, but it is one that has brought significant rewards.

Durham University's Jewish Society picked up the Developing JSoc of the Year trophy at the UJS awards ceremony last month in recognition of its achievements over the past 12 months.

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BBC rejects review by US lobby group

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The BBC presents Israel in a negative light and undermines the Jewish state's image, according to a new study published by Honest Reporting.

The American-based monitoring group analysed articles on the BBC website between January and March and found that while 51 stories reflected negatively on Israel, only two portrayed the Palestinians negatively during the same period.

It said 18 stories on the conflict expressed a Palestinian viewpoint without an equal Israeli response.

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Anti-Israel demos at technology show

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

Anti-Israel demonstrations took place outside the Scottish Parliament for three days this week as an exhibition promoting the Jewish state's technological achievements prompted mass opposition.

The small exhibit, Israel's contribution to medicine, science and technology, was organised by the Scottish Friends of Israel group and sponsored by MSP Ken MacIntosh.

It opened on Tuesday at Holyrood. Protesters from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Scottish Friends of Palestine groups gathered outside the parliament building.

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"Comedy terrorist" takes on David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

Two Jewish candidates from rather different sides of the political spectrum are attempting to overturn David Cameron's 14,000 majority.

Self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak - best-known for gate-crashing Prince William's 21st birthday party while dressed as Osama bin Laden - is hoping to become MP for Witney, the Oxford constituency held by the Tory leader.

Fellow candidate Joe Goldberg is less controversial. He is a Labour councillor in Haringey, north London.

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Israel deputy ambassador 'shocked' by Manchester attack

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to seek refuge in a security office after protesters attempted to attack her following a university lecture.

Talya Lador-Fresher said she feared she would be physically assaulted when demonstrators climbed on the bonnet of her car and attempted to smash the windscreen.

She had been speaking to members of Manchester University’s politics society when the incident occurred on Wednesday evening. Around 40 demonstrators had gathered at the venue.

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Lib Dem warns of 'power of Jewish lobby'

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2010

A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in Yorkshire told a hustings meeting that “the power of the Jewish lobbies in Washington and Britain” are the reason a full arms embargo has not been imposed on Israel.

Madeleine Kirk, standing for the party in the new seat of York Outer, was speaking at the York University event on Wednesday afternoon.

A question was asked about whether the candidates believed arms sales to Israel should be banned.

Ms Kirk, a long-standing local city councillor, replied that an embargo should be in place, but was not, "because of the Jewish lobby”.

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UJS and double standards

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2010

Far be it from me to reignite the flames surrounding the UJS-Douglas Murray fall out of ten days ago.

But having just read this piece by Carly McKenzie on Comment is Free, I do wonder what exactly goes through the minds of the UJS hierarchy sometimes.

Here Carly writes:

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Chabad to open student centre in Liverpool

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

Chabad is to open a new centre for Jewish students in Liverpool.

Manchester-born Rabbi Shmuly Brown and his wife Tzivia will open their home and offer Shabbat dinners, education sessions and social activities.

It is the latest step in Chabad's expansion of its campus work, which has seen significant development in Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, south London and Leeds over the past two years.

The Liverpool venture means the organisation now assists students at 11 centres around the country.

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Douglas Murray blasts 'foolish' UJS, who uninvited him

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

An anti-extremism campaigner has attacked the Union of Jewish Students and claimed that it bowed to pressure from Islamic students by withdrawing an invitation to him to appear in a panel debate.

Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, was expected to take part in a UJS-organised discussion on hate speech at the National Union of Students conference in Gateshead last week.

But UJS dropped him after the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) refused to share a platform with him.

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Finchley and Golders Green: Election 2010

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

When the bookies have you listed at odds as short as 1/20 it must be difficult to keep your mind on the job of attempting to enter the Commons.

But Mike Freer, the Tory former Barnet Council leader turned woud-be MP, is fully focused on securing the constituency with the highest proportion of Jewish voters in the country - Finchley and Golders Green.

Departing Labour MP Rudi Vis leaves Labour's new candidate, Alison Moore, with a majority of just 741 to defend.

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Party firms deny exploiting charities

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2010

The directors of two promotions companies have defended themselves against allegations that they short-changed a Jewish charity and misled it over the share of the profit it would receive from a club night.

Danny Macabi, of Nana Life Events, and Darren Bloom, of Electric Parties, promote parties which have become the highlight of the social calendar for young Jewish professionals, often attracting up to 600 revellers to each event.

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Confusion over move for Yemeni Jews to UK

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2010

A small number of Yemeni Jews may "imminently" move to Britain, although there is confusion over the government's role in their possible resettlement here.

There have been plans for more than a year to help Jews from Yemen escape persecution by moving to join family members already living in Stamford Hill's strictly Orthodox community.

The Independent newspaper claimed this week that the Foreign Office is on the verge of agreeing a secret deal with Yemeni authorities.

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Northampton synagogue discovered under kebab shop

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2010

The remains of a 13th century synagogue have been uncovered in the most unlikely of places - underneath a Northampton halal kebab shop.

Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be a staircase and walls 12ft below the cellar of the Kebabish takeaway, and a neighbouring pub.

The find came after painstaking radar surveys and non-intrusive investigations carried out using 3D imagery technology.

Marcus Roberts, director of JTrails, the National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail, located the site after spending more than 20 years researching Northampton's Jewish history.

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£50k cash boost for the CST

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2010

The Community Security Trust is to receive £48,869 of government funding to help the fight against antisemitism.

The grant awarded to CST is the largest single sum given to an organisation as part of the Home Office's Hate Crime Action plan which tackles disability, race, religion, sexuality and transgender hate crimes.

CST was one of only eight organisations to receive funds. More than 40 others were rejected.

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