Marcus Dysch

Bercow hails Three Faiths scheme

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Commons Speaker John Bercow addressed students at the finale of the Three Faiths Forum's leadership programme.

It served as the graduation of 45 students who took part in the UN-award winning Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) scheme, encouraging students from different religions to work together.

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Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan

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Why 'hook-nosed' Begin was denied entry to UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Menachem Begin was refused a visa to enter Britain in 1955 after the Foreign Office warned that his admission could damage relations with the Israeli government.

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Baroness Tonge's dream: Palestinians march to their homeland

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Baroness Tonge has questioned the right of Jews to emigrate to Israel and described her "dream" of Palestinian refugees being able to "march to their homeland".

"I have a dream just like Martin Luther King… There could be hundreds of thousands if not millions of Palestinians marching to change their homeland.

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'Access - but no influence' says Board

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has admitted the Jewish community has "no influence" over government policy and faces a testing time working to establish relationships with coalition ministers.

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Bid to show the 'true face of Hamas'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Campaigners from a new grassroots group which pledges to "expose Hamas's true face" say they will step up their efforts to inform the British public about the Islamic resistance movement.

The independent Campaign For Truth will also encourage the media to report more accurately on Hamas's ideology.

On Sunday, activists took part in a leafleting session on London's Oxford Street and at Marble

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Getting grassroots out: Israeli deputy ambassador optimistic

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Community leaders must do everything possible to encourage grassroots supporters of Israel, according to its deputy ambassador to Britain.

Alon Roth-Snir said last month's We Believe in Israel conference had provided the perfect platform for members of the Jewish community to speak up and challenge delegitimisation and the boycott campaign.

Mr Roth-Snir said: "People want to do something an

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Time for actions now, not words

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's new, tougher approach to tackling terror and extremism is, in theory, a step in the right direction.

In practice the Prevent review contained little that we did not already know. There were no great revelations into the previous Labour government's failures, or solid facts on the coalition's future intentions.

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Is Prevent a clear anti-terror map?

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's reworked counter-terrorism strategy has received a cautious welcome from Jewish and anti-extremist groups.

The Prevent strategy review was published this week after months of internal wrangling between government departments over how tough measures against Islamist extremists should be.

Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to tackle the ideology behind terrorism, prevent peopl

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Boycott leader defends Fogel killers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel has caused fresh controversy this week after suggesting that the murderer of the Fogel family in Itamar was seeking to avenge "Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF".

Jim Bollan, a Scottish Socialist Party councillor, made the comments in an email to a British pro-Israel activist who had contacted him about the boycott

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Analysis: An encouraging year, but big challenges are ahead

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Until May 17 the Union of Jewish Students could have reflected on the academic year as a successful one.

Despite the continued thorn in the side of university invitations to hate speakers, the past nine months had passed off in relative peace.

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Genesis doing it for the kids

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Students taking part in the Genesis leadership and learning programme have raised more than £3,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The money was collected at the project's Apprentice evening earlier this term, ahead of a mission which saw students distribute clothes, toys and sweets to the Tikva network of Jewish orphanages in Odessa, Ukraine.

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Campus notebook: singing contest

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

● Manchester singer Katie Bernstein was named runner-up in the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year competition.

The 22-year-old began her singing career with local Jewish amateur dramatic societies and did her first gig supporting Brit Awards winner Katie Melua at the BBC's Proms in the Park event.

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Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.

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The far-right Jewish voice split and in 'disarray '

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The hardline Jewish activist Roberta Moore was this week accused of being a divisive figure in the far-right's attempts to enlist support from members of the mainstream Jewish community.

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Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.

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Anti-Zion Jews mark flotilla day

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Jewish anti-Zionists joined pro-Palestinian activists at a memorial event this week, to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza flotilla incident.

Nine Turkish activists died during a confrontation with Israeli forces on May 31 last year as the flotilla, led by the Mavi Marmara ship, attempted to reach Gaza.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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Blair: Palestinians have 'no alternative' to peace process

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Tony Blair has said Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to the peace process.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said it was crucial to support the Palestinian economy in order to advance the possibilities of success in the process.

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We are impartial on Israel, says BBC

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

The BBC has defended its approach to reporting on the Middle East and the Israel-Palestinian conflict amid claims and allegations from supporters of both sides.

On Monday, a controversial panel discussion organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Middle East Monitor Online media group dealt almost solely with the Corporation's reports from the region.

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