Marcus Dysch

Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.

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Journalist Giles Coren faces Press Complaints Commission over restaurant column

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

Journalist Giles Coren has been reported to the Press Complaints Commission by a Holocaust survivor who was offended by a column about a restaurant popular with Jewish pensioners.

Mr Coren’s colourful attack on the Oslo Court restaurant in St John’s Wood, north west London, featured in his Times column last month.

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Film-maker's balanced Israel documentary causes anger in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An Irish film-maker has explained how his documentary about Israel and the Palestinians caused outrage in his home country — by taking a balanced view on the conflict.

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England squad visits Auschwitz - the right move

By Marcus Dysch, June 8, 2012

The England players who visit Auschwitz today are sure to have a moving experience.

Ever since former boss Fabio Capello decided to base the squad in Krakow for the Euro 2012 tournament, the FA has worked hard to ensure the right tone is set.

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Vicar’s plea to save Torah scroll of Iraq's last Jews

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

A vicar who oversees the protection of Baghdad’s seven remaining Jews is hoping to find assistance to save 365 ancient sefer Torah scrolls.

Canon Andrew White said the scrolls were currently kept in the basement of a church museum in the Iraqi capital where they are rotting and liable to be eaten by rats.

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Israeli embassy attacks Amnesty over hunger strike report

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

Israel is guilty of torture and human-rights violations and must end its policy of detaining Palestinian prisoners without charge or trial, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

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Money saving expert Martin Lewis sells website for £87 million

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

Consumer expert and JC columnist Martin Lewis has sold his popular money saving website for a staggering £87 million.

Mr Lewis set up moneysavingexpert.com for just £100 in 2003 and has agreed a deal with the Moneysupermarket brand.

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Israeli soldier killed on Gaza border

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

An Israeli soldier has been killed after a Palestinian gunman crossed the border from Gaza early this morning.

The Palestinian was also killed after Israeli forces responded to his infiltration, which may have been made in an attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier.

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Warning of serious antisemitism at European Championships in Kiev

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

There is a serious threat of antisemitic attacks increasing during this month’s European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry has warned.

Alexander Levin wrote to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, highlighting the possibility of “many more” attacks when football fans travel to matches in the coming weeks.

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Prince Charles ‘sure to visit Israel within next three years’

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Prince Charles is more likely than ever to make a state visit to Israel and could travel there within the next three years, a Royal observer has claimed.

The Queen is seemingly destined never to visit Israel, but it is thought foundations are being laid for her heir to become the first Royal to make an official visit.

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A British cuppa makes a historic link between our two jubilees

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

When Queen Victoria marked her 60 years on the throne in 1897, a Leeds tailor was the recipient of a special memento from his employees to honour his anti-exploitation work on their behalf.

David Lubelski was given a magnificent silver tea service, only days after Queen Victoria celebrated her jubilee.

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Jubilee Hour marks 60 years of royal service

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Families and charities across Britain will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by undertaking an hour of voluntary work in recognition of Her Majesty’s six decades of service.

The Jubilee Hour encourages participants to give 60 minutes of their time to charitable work.

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Gary Barlow, the Queen, and me: Ben’s amazing trip

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

As royalists from around the globe arrive in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a television producer has described how he travelled further than most to be part of the simchah.

Ben Winston spent more than a month filming around the Commonwealth with Take That star Gary Barlow for a documentary about the official Jubilee song, Sing.

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Dismore calls for silence to remember Israeli Olympic victims

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been urged to back calls for a minute’s silence at the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich terror attack which killed 11 Israeli team members.

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Avram's Journey

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2012

Avram Grant has in the past revealed elements of the remarkable story of how his late father, Meir Granat, survived the Holocaust.

But last night BBC Radio Five Live broadcast a new, chilling documentary with Grant, retracing the steps his father and grandfather took more than 70 years ago.

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Dame Gail Ronson to head charity for the blind

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.

Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.

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Chelsea welcomes Hapoel to European football event

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv have joined European champions Chelsea and other leading clubs at a London seminar to discuss how sport can help young people.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday with representatives of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, and Feyenoord.

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Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.

The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.

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PCC backs Guardian over Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has backed the Guardian after the newspaper refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A picture of passengers on the city’s light railway observing a minute’s silence during the country’s Holocaust Memorial Day appeared in the Guardian’s centre pages, and on its website, last month.

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Top cop 'assaulted' by pro-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Two pro-Israel protesters were arrested in bizarre circumstances following Tuesday evening’s demonstrations in Hendon.

The young Jews appeared to clash with a member of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect in Brent Street at around 8pm.

One of the pair, an unnamed 19-year-old, allegedly smashed the man’s car window. He was spotted by a passing jogger.

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