Marcus Dysch

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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Spice Island Beach Resort

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

This sprawling mix of beach-side suites and individual cottages a short hop from Grenada's capital, St George's, is the ideal base from which to experience the Grenada's sensational views.

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How to win friends in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Belfast's Jewish community may be shrinking, but the city has become the base for one of Britain's fastest-growing and most successful Israel advocacy groups.

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Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.

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Students shun Amnesty over anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Dozens of Amnesty International student activists are expected to cut links with the organisation over its decision to host a controversial anti-Israel event.

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Refugees' bows hit the right notes

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple is to be auctioned next month.

Otto and Trude Huttenbach, who fled to London in the late 1930s, collected bows made in the 18th century by some of the world's great violin-makers.

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Israelis shocked at life in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A group of Israeli parliamentary advisers say a visit to Britain to learn about pluralism in the Jewish community has revealed a stark contrast to their lives at home.

The fourteen, among them political advisers, Knesset spokespeople and parliamentary journalists, met representatives from all sections of British Jewry during the five-day trip.

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NUS want to send students on Gaza flotillas

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The National Union of Students has adopted a vehement anti-Israel policy in a move that has stunned Jews on campus.

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Plan to ban Israeli books in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Books by Israeli authors could be removed from Scottish libraries as part of a council's boycott policy.

The ban is enforceable in libraries run by West Dunbartonshire Council, which covers towns and villages west of Glasgow.

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The Lion of Hull is finally honoured

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The work of a politician whose efforts saved thousands of lives during the war has been recognised in the city where he was a leading figure for more than half a century.

A 10ft-high statue of Sir Leo Schultz was unveiled outside Hull's Guildhall on Monday.

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Promise director Kosminsky and 'Israel apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Peter Kosminsky, the director who made the controversial series The Promise, has attacked the Israeli government, comparing its policies to those of apartheid South Africa.

Mr Kosminsky, who was widely criticised following the broadcast of the films about British mandate Palestine, likened Israeli actions to the bantustan policies in South Africa 60 years ago.

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Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.

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Neighbour is cleared over weedkiller vendetta

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

A former financial trader has been cleared of poisoning his neighbour's hedge with weedkiller.

Robert Pearlman, 44, was accused of attacking the hedge between his and Saul Shaya's homes as part of a long-running dispute between the men, who are both Jewish.

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Tributes pour in for Labour MP Cairns

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

David Cairns MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, has died following a short illness. Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March with pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP was in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Students' trial is delayed

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The trial of two students accused of desecrating an Israeli flag has been adjourned until the summer.

St Andrews University students Samuel Colchester, 20, and Paul Donnachie, 18, face alternate charges of racially aggravated conduct or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in relation to an alleged incident in March.

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Inverclyde MP David Cairns dies after illness

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2011

David Cairns MP, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has died following a short illness.

Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March suffering from pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP, a former Scotland Minister, was serving in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Board battles to rein in next generation

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The long-term future of the Board of Deputies could be decided in the next year, as efforts to engage with younger community members reach a critical point.

Attempts to identify future leaders of the Jewish community, and involve younger people in the Board's work, have led to a "battle" among senior Board members.

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University bans anti-Zionist Atzmon speech

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, but was called off last week.

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