Marcus Dysch

Police probe into Israel "must be destroyed" speaker dropped

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2012

Police have dropped an investigation into comments made by controversial former US marine Ken O'Keefe at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Officers studied video footage of Mr O'Keefe telling an audience that Israel "must be destroyed", but decided no criminal offence had been committed.

Mr O'Keefe had responded to last week's news of the investigation by tweeting: "Bring it ****ing on."

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School supporters pack meeting but fail to sway council

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

A well-supported proposal to develop a former football ground into a Jewish school and wider facilities has been passed over by Barnet Council.

Hundreds of Jewish pupils and their parents attended the council's cabinet resources committee meeting on Tuesday night in the hope of swaying councillors.

But the committee voted to sell the four-acre site in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, to housing

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Why, Mr Ambassador, you're spoiling me…

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Many married couples agree not to discuss work issues at home but, for one Israeli family, the subject has become unavoidable.

Boaz Modai, Israel's ambassador to Ireland, warmly welcomed a familiar face as his new deputy at the Dublin embassy last week - his wife, Nurit Tinari-Modai.

It is thought to be the first time an Israeli husband and wife have worked together as ambassador and deputy.

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Islamic student head calls for co-operation

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Jewish and Muslim students must work together to tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia and should embrace "reconciliation", according to the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis).

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Greens denounce JNF as 'racist' and colonial

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

The Green Party has called for the JNF to be stripped of its charity status and has pledged to sign up to a campaign which calls the charity "racist".

Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a motion condemning JNF's activities and denouncing its "claims to be an ecological agency" at the England and Wales party's spring conference on Sunday.

The motion was proposed by Deborah Fink, co-foun

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Group launches with Malta visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Mature students from across Europe took part in the Jewish European Professional group's inaugural event.

A sister organisation of the European Centre of Jewish Students, Brussels-based JEP will provide professionals aged 27 to 39 with a range of programmes and activities as well as three major events a year.

More than 120 people from 16 countries including Russia, Serbia, Monaco and the Net

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Chief praises Chaplaincy at gala dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

University Jewish Chaplaincy has raised more than £200,000 at its first gala dinner for more than 20 years.

The event was held in honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who told the 350 guests of his commitment to supporting Chaplaincy's work on campuses, where, he said "Jewish identities are either made or lost".

Lord Sacks said he had encouraged his predecessor Lord Jakobovits to support the ch

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Tonge resigns from Liberal Democrats after Israel controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Baroness Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments she made at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

She rejected an ultimatum from party leader Nick Clegg to apologise for the remarks and will no longer sit on the party's benches in the House of Lords.

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Police to probe Tonge's Israel Apartheid Week rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Police are investigating comments made at the Israel Apartheid Week event attended by Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge, the JC can reveal.

Officers are reviewing remarks made by former US marine Ken O'Keefe following allegations that he incited racial hatred when comparing Jewish audience members to Nazis.

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Call for Clegg to act after Tonge's latest Israel rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

The Liberal Democrats have distanced themselves from comments made by party peer Jenny Tonge during an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Speaking to an audience at Middlesex University's Free Palestine Society she said Israel would "not last forever".

"Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown," she added.

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St Andrews student convicted of anti-Jewish abuse plans appeal

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

A student convicted of racially abusing a Jewish student at St Andrews University has launched an appeal.

Paul Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last September after being found guilty of the attack on Chanan Reitblat at his halls of residence.

The hearing will take place at Edinburgh's High Court of Criminal Appeal on March 13.

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UCU poll is either rock or hard place

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Academic Friends of Israel has warned that the forthcoming University and College Union general secretary election is unlikely to lead to any alteration of the union's stance on Israel.

Incumbent Sally Hunt faces competition for the role from Socialist Workers' Party member, Mark Campbell.

Mr Campbell is a founder member of the increasingly influential UCU Left caucus which is dominated by S

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We Believe shelved for this year

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Plans to repeat Britain's biggest Israel advocacy conference have been scrapped in favour of a "quiet organisational revolution".

Organisers of the We Believe conference confirmed the "strategic decision" had been taken to postpone the event, which had been due to take place in London on April 29.

Last May's conference – organised by Israel lobbying group Bicom – was attended by around 1

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Fake checkpoint and fake guns, but violence still erupts at LSE

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Fights broke out on campus between Jewish and pro-Palestinian students during an anti-Israel protest this week.

Water bombs and punches were thrown during the clashes at the London School of Economics on Monday as activists staged an Israel Apartheid Week demonstration.

Members of the students' union's Palestine Society constructed a 10ft-long mock Israeli army checkpoint, and an "apartheid

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FCO bans Israel-Gibraltar 'friendship stamp'

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

One is a contested territory besieged for centuries by neighbours fighting to capture it - the other is Jerusalem's David Citadel tower.

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Food, glorious food, and the state of kashrut from plate to consumer

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Tributes flowed around the world when the iconic Bloom's restaurant in Golders Green finally closed its doors in 2010.

But while the likes of Steven Berkoff, Maureen Lipman and Giles Coren mourned its demise, others questioned how such a supposedly popular eaterie, which first opened in Whitechapel in 1920, could end up going into liquidation.

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Students clash at Israel Apartheid Week

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2012

Jewish students have clashed with anti-Israel protesters during a fight at the London School of Economics.

A scuffle broke out between Jewish and Israeli students and demonstrators who had erected a mock "Israeli apartheid wall" as part of an Israel Apartheid Week protest.

LSE's Israel Society condemned the violent scenes and claimed a Jewish student was injured in the melee.

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Miliband backs Israel - and Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

A "significant and important body of support for Israel" in the Parliamentary Labour Party was highlighted by Ed Miliband when he addressed the Young Norwood current affairs group's annual reception.

In conversation with the Guardian's Michael White, Mr Miliband expressed frustration at the impasse in the Middle East peace process.

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Finkelstein disowns 'silly' Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Controversial American anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein has launched a blistering attack on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, labelling it a "cult" led by "dishonest gurus".

He made his comments during an interview with anti-Israel activist Frank Barat at Imperial College, London, earlier this week.

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When a Cohen was the world champion boxer

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Growing up in Algeria in the 1930s, Robert Cohen was teased for his diminutive stature and labelled "Gambuch" – short legs.

Little could he, or the playground bullies, have known that those jibes would inspire him to take the first steps in a boxing career that would lead the 5ft 2in tall, religious Jewish boy to become a champion.

At the age of 23, in front of a crowd of 70,000 which incl

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