Marcus Dysch

Shul-goers rescue family from blazing car

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

Shul-goers rescued a family from a burning car moments before it exploded in a giant fireball.

Four members of the unnamed family were helped to safety after congregants heard their screams for help outside the Ahavas Torah building in Stamford Hill, north London.

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Hull City player fined for praising Anelka’s quenelle

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

The Football Association has fined Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo £15,000 after he tweeted support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo will also be forced to take part in an education programme as punishment for claiming Anelka was a “legend” when he performed the antisemitic sign.

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Farage clash with Le Pen over racism

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has clashed with Nigel Farage after the Ukip leader suggested her party was antisemitic.

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Euro Charedi who is passionate about Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2014

Did you do a double-take? If so, you are not the only one. Shneur Odze is the first to admit he does not look like a typical politician.

But the strictly Orthodox father-of-four hopes to become the first British Jewish member of the European Parliament for five years when voters go to the polls next month.

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Culture Secretary Javid is Cabinet’s new Israel ally

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

Israel has a new ally in the Cabinet — the first Asian male Conservative minister.

Sajid Javid was appointed Culture Secretary following Maria Miller’s resignation last week and is tipped as a possible future Tory leader.

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Beth Din won’t cater for Riba boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

A Beth Din has revealed that it will no longer cater kosher events at the headquarters of the British architecture institute which has adopted an anti-Israel stance.

The European Masorti Beth Din supervises kosher meals at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (Riba) banqueting facilities in central London.

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Keeping memories alive

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants Britons to "keep the memory alive" in next year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Pickles was joined by MPs, peers and survivors at a Parliamentary event on Monday where he unveiled plans for HMD 2015.

"The fact of remembering people - and not just the numbers - is in itself an act of defiance," he said.

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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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William Hague pledges to push Poland on Holocaust restitution

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Britain will push Poland to introduce laws on Holocaust restitution, Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised.

The pledge came in a letter responding to dozens of British parliamentarians who had urged Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take restitution more seriously.

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New low as racist abuse aimed at Irish politician Alan Shatter

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

The campaign of antisemitic abuse against Ireland’s most senior Jewish politician has intensified with images of Nazi soldiers, swastikas and a package of white powder sent to his home.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s Jewish background, support for Israel and even domestic reform policies have been used as excuses for antisemitic insults.

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Anti-Israel activists want Tzipi Livni banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

Anti-Israel activists are asking MPs to lobby Home Secretary Theresa May in an attempt to have Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni banned from Britain.

Ms Livni is due to speak in London on May 15 at two events organised by the JNF.

A spokesman for the “Stop the JNF” campaign told supporters in Parliament on Monday that MPs were now being lobbied by the group.

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Government's animal slaughter mis-stunning figures 'woefully misleading'

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Shechita campaigners have accused the government of presenting “woefully misleading” figures on the number of animals mis-stunned in British abattoirs.

Health Minister Jane Ellison told Parliament that, according to the Food Standards Agency, the number of mis-stuns for animals, including chickens, cattle and sheep, in 2013 had been 28, an increase of one on the previous year.

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Ed Miliband arrives in Israel as two-day tour begins

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has arrived in Israel for a two-day tour of the country.

In one of his first major foreign trips since becoming opposition leader, Mr Miliband will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Sderot, the town which has come under regular bombardment from Hamas terrorists.

On Thursday morning he held meetings with Israeli Labour Party members over breakfast.

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Former CST boss will help Muslim group battle Islamophobia

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

British Jewry’s leading communal security expert has explained why he felt obliged to help a Muslim group tackle Islamophobia.

Richard Benson, who retired as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last year after 12 years at the helm, was appointed co-chair of the Tell Mama group this week.

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Cameron’s search for Shoah survivors

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission has appealed for every Shoah survivor in Britain to come forward and take part in the project.

It is hoped a nationwide search, launched today in the JC, will reach every survivor of Nazi persecution now living in this country.

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Secret London meeting to plan battle against Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 9, 2014

Dozens of leading politicians, campaigners and grass-roots activists gathered in Britain this week for a secret conference on tackling delegitimisation of Israel.

The three-day event, held in closed sessions amid heavy security at central London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, was attended by Israel’s Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband set for Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to Israel next week for a three-day visit.

The Opposition leader is due to arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and will hold meetings in Jerusalem with senior Israeli political figures.

Mr Miliband, whose parents fled Nazi oppression during the Holocaust, is also expected to visit the Yad Vashem Shoah museum.

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WJR Ukraine Crisis Briefing

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

World Jewish Relief hosted a Ukraine Crisis Briefing at JW3 in north London.

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British Jews need US-style anti-defamation league says ex-MP

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

A British version of the American Anti-Defamation League should be formed to increase efforts to tackle antisemitism, a senior communal figure has claimed.

Former MP Eric Moonman said “enemies of the Jews have got away with it for a long time” and urged the community to fight back.

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New law could bring curtain down on anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

Protesters who disrupt performances by Israeli actors and musicians could be sued or face injunctions under new plans expected to be put before Parliament.

A proposal due to be introduced by Israel-supporting lawyers would seek to adapt the law on aggravated trespass which would allow aggrieved performers or audience members to seek damages from activists.

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