Marcus Dysch

Soccer fan banned for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A football fan who gave a Nazi salute and promoted the English Defence League has been banned from football matches for three years.

Lincoln City supporter Peter Briggs was involved in incidents at matches between 2009 and February this year.

During a game against Stockport in January 2011, Briggs unfurled a flag carrying the words: "Lincoln City Youth, EDL, No Surrender".

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'You don't defend Israel properly'

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A leading pro-Israel activist believes the mainstream Jewish community "cannot be trusted" to defend Israel and claims non-Jews are now leading the way in combating delegitimisation efforts.

Sam Westrop, a founder of the British Israel Coalition (BIC), said the community was often "paralysed" because it could not agree on positions to take on issues affecting Israel.

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Drake's "re-barmitzvah"

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

Canadian rapper Drake is one of the hottest names in the music industry at the moment.

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Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t

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Is Israel also responsible for the dying of the sun, Mr Brazier?

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A Conservative MP has blamed Israel for "whipping up feeling" against British troops in Afghanistan, the election of extremists in Egypt, and Iran's threat to close a vital oil route.

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, made the claims in a letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Mr Brazier raised the issue of local authority tendering regulations before digressing into a

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The Sheikh, the minister and the shambles

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

What a mess.

From start to finish Raed Salah's deportation has been an utter shambles. The latest ruling – this time from the Upper Immigration Tribunal – arguably only deepens the sense that the authorities have lost control of the case.

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Blood libel cleric Salah told: you're welcome to stay

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

Senior judges have ruled that a leading Islamic political activist is free to stay in Britain despite having given a sermon in which he invoked the antisemitic blood libel.

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Paddick condemns Labour over Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats' London mayoral election candidate, said this week that his Labour opponent had used "dog- whistle tactics to play divide and rule" and declared: "Labour should be ashamed to have him as a candidate".

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Irish Justice Minister is targeted on YouTube

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

The video-sharing site YouTube has closed the account of a user who posted antisemitic clips attacking the Irish Justice Minister.Alan Shatter, the only Jewish member of Ireland's lower house of parliament - Dáil Éireann - asked police to investigate. One video claimed he was a "Jewish nation-wrecker" who was "destroying Ireland".

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Moyle twins with Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

One of Northern Ireland's smallest towns has officially twinned with Gaza City, after months of political argument.

The chairman of Moyle District Council attended a ceremony in the Palestinian city on Monday night.

Moyle, in County Antrim, has a population of 15,000 and is home to the world-famous Giant's Causeway.

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St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse case appeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

A man who racially abused a Jewish student in his halls of residence has launched an attempt to have his conviction overturned.

Paul Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to community service last September after he was found guilty of attacking Chanan Reitblat at a St Andrews University hall of residence.

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Angels of Mersey

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2012

Among the most valuable work being done to help Jewish students around the country is that of the dozens of chaplaincy families employed by organisations representing all spectrums of Jewish life.

New BBC documentary Angels of Mersey follows chaplains of all religions working in Liverpool. Among them is Rabbi Shmuli Brown, Chabad’s representative at universities in the city.

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Our spicy look at forgotten Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The kosher Curry website was initially born out of a desire to choose and report on a sector of society that had otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream media.

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Our spicy look at forgotten Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The kosher Curry website was initially born out of a desire to choose and report on a sector of society that had otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream media.

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Oxford's new Boat Race cox, Zoe

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

She may be small in stature, but Zoe de Toledo is about to record a giant achievement.

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London Mayor 2012: Green Party's Jenny Jones

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Green Party can be "good for the Jewish community", according to the party's London mayoral election candidate.

Jenny Jones said she believed the party's policies were "balanced" on Israel, but defended the Greens' denunciation of the Jewish National Fund as "racist".

Ms Jones spent time in Israel in the 1990s while studying archaeology as a mature student, and said the experience had he

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Baroness Tonge: I got great support over my Israel line

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Baroness Tonge has told the House of Lords she has received hundreds of letters of support following her resignation of the Liberal Democrat whip last month.

The controversial peer, now sitting as an independent, claimed 700 letters had arrived since she made anti-Israel comments at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

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Leeds JSoc row symbolises wider campus split

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The squabbling over Leeds JSoc's withdrawn invitation to American lawyer Brooke Goldstein is a further symptom of an as yet unreported broiges bubbling away under the surface of intra-community relations.

For some time now the traditional Jewish communal bodies of the Union of Jewish Students and Board of Deputies – the "establishment" if you will – have experienced some feather-ruffling fr

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