Marcus Dysch

Hostility revealed on the fringes of Labour event

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

Labour's new shadow cabinet avoided making any major policy announcements on Israel at the party's conference this week, but there were a series of hostile receptions and controversial comments around the fringes.

In his first conference speech as leader, Jeremy Corbyn did not refer to Israel or the Palestinians during a lengthy passage on the situation in Syria.

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Minister for the Jews? He’s the nearest thing

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

From his desk overlooking Westminster Abbey, Sir Eric Pickles is in prime position to consider an issue particularly close to his heart.

It is from here that the former Conservative minister, a committed Christian, assesses the role faith plays in modern Britain.

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Foreign Secretary may get rougher ride at this year's Israel meeting

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

The Foreign Secretary's views on the Iran nuclear deal and prospects for peace in the Middle East will feature at next week's Conservative Party annual conference.

Philip Hammond is due to speak at the Conservative Friends of Israel reception on Tuesday night, in what is one of the most popular Tory fringe sessions.

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To Hull and back - a rich history goes on display

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

Hull is showcasing hundreds of documents charting the history of the city's Jewish community.

The collection - including records dating back to the mid-18th century - has been loaned to the city archives ahead of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in east Yorkshire, which will be celebrated next year.

Among the records are synagogue registers from 1838, family trees and around 2,40

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Labour donor explains why he heckled Jeremy Corbyn at Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

A Labour supporter who heckled Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception has explained his reasons for shouting at the party leader.

Michael Foster, a Jewish donor who stood as a Labour candidate in the general election, said he had been unable to understand how Mr Corbyn could speak for eight minutes at the event without using the word “Israel”.

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Jeremy Corbyn heckled after Labour Friends of Israel speech

By Marcus Dysch, September 30, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has caused anger after he failed to refer to Israel by name while addressing the Labour Friends of Israel group.

The new Labour leader was heckled as he ended his short speech at the LFI annual reception at the party conference in Brighton on Tuesday night.

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Jeremy Corbyn to speak at Labour Friends of Israel reception

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an invitation to speak at Labour Friends of Israel's reception at next week's party conference in Brighton.

He will be joined by Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn.

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Why Corbyn is making Lib Dems smile

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2015

Supporters of Israel could find a warm welcome in the new-look Liberal Democrats, party members suggested this week.

The election of Tim Farron as party leader following the crushing general election result in May - in which the party was reduced to eight MPs after losing 49 seats - was said to provide a new opportunity for previously disenchanted Israel advocates to return to the fold.

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"Dear Mr Corbyn – will you attend our pro-Israel event?"

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has been invited to speak at Labour Friends of Israel’s reception at next week’s party conference in Brighton.

It is traditional for the party’s leader or spokesman on foreign affairs to address the event. Mr Corbyn has a long history of anti-Israel activism.

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Liberal Democrats welcome back Israel advocates at annual conference

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2015

Supporters of Israel could find a warm welcome in the new-look Liberal Democrats, party members suggested this week as delegates attended their annual conference.

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Interview: Sadiq Khan - 'Believe me, I won't be another Ken Livingstone'

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2015

London’s mayoral elections have been some of the most personal in British political history. So prominent, and indeed notorious, have the past two holders of the role been, that only first names were needed: Ken and Boris.

Enter stage left, Sadiq. Labour’s former Communities Minister, Sadiq Khan, won the race to fight to reclaim City Hall from the Conservatives earlier this month.

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind cleared over 'cash-for-access' allegation

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he was implicated in a “cash-for-access” row earlier this year.

The former Foreign Secretary was secretly filmed appearing to offer his services to a private firm for cash.

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Dangers that lie in the shadows

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

By the time Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting wishing the community a "sweet and Happy New Year" on Sunday afternoon, Jewish Labour supporters had already spent more than 24 hours attempting to come to terms with his election as leader of the opposition.

Senior Jewish figures in the party and across the community greeted his win with a mixture of shock, dismay and, in some cases, q

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Sadiq Khan: I'll be best London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Labour's candidate for next year's Mayor of London election has pledged to work with the capital's Jewish community.

Sadiq Khan said he wanted to repair relations with London Jews after he was selected last Friday.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

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Jeremy Corbyn and the 'Minister for Jews'

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader has come amid divisions in his camp, with senior aides arguing over the apparent intention to appoint a “Minister for Jews”.

A series of leaks from those close to Mr Corbyn revealed a plan intended to pacify the Jewish community following concerns about his links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

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Luciana Berger: 'Why I joined Jeremy Corbyn's cabinet'

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has explained her decision to take a role in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet despite his links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

Luciana Berger said she had a “full and frank discussion” with the new Labour leader before agreeing to become Shadow Mental Health Secretary.

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Parliament rejects debate on Benjamin Netanyahu arrest petition

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Parliament will not debate a petition which called for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes, despite more than 100,000 people backing it.

The House of Commons’ Petitions Committee said it would not hold a debate in Westminster Hall on the issue following Mr Netanyahu’s visit to Britain last week.

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Many more questions now that Jeremy Corbyn is Labour leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2015

So what happens now?

What was not so long ago unthinkable has come to pass. Now the hard work really begins – both for the Labour Party and British Jews.

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader will raise tough questions about the future of the relationship.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘clashed over settlements’

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have clashed with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis over the building of settlements.

A media report in Israel claimed the men had disagreed over the issue during a private meeting in London on Wednesday evening.

Mr Netanyahu met Jewish community leaders for talks at the start of his visit to Britain.

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Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
have been selected.

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