Marcus Dysch

UJS awards recognise top student achievers

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc honour, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.

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Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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Let Kaufman be the last, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

MPs have urged the Labour Party to tackle the issue of offensive comments made by MPs, following Sir Gerald Kaufman's "the Jews again" comment last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd and the party's chief whip to ask what will be done to stop future remarks.

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Winners: Jewish students - all for one and one for all

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

It's not easy being a Jewish student at a British university.

Nights of celebration and recognition from your peers and elders must seem a long way off when you are forced to spend part of your campus experience being physically or verbally abused for either simply being Jewish, or defending Israel.

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Jewish students celebrated at UJS awards

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc award, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Noshers hold-up: He battered both of them

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

A fishmonger has described how he fought off a gunman during an armed robbery at his delicatessen.

Adam Bernholt was working alone at his Noshers Smoked Salmon Company shop in Edgware when two robbers came in, pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.

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The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.

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Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".

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An early chance to pass out with honours

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The efforts of the country's most dedicated Jewish students will be recognised at an awards night on Sunday.

It will be the third time the Union of Jewish Students has held the annual dinner and ceremony.

More than 50 candidates from JSocs across Britain have been nominated in eight categories for the Camden event.

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Interfaith work is under way

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Jewish and Muslim students collaborated to promote volunteering work at the University of East London.

Elie Gottlieb, a second year psychology student, set up a multi-coloured dome on the university's Docklands campus to encourage others to sign up for interfaith projects with the Coexistence Trust.

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Purim party marks first meeting

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Sari and Gary McWhir were among more than 400 students and young professionals enjoying Purim in Seville with the European Centre for Jewish Students.

The couple met at ECJS' Purim event in Milan in 2008 and are now married. They are expecting their first child this summer.

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New UJS team ready to get to work

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has put together its new executive team to start work on campuses around the country later this year.

Dozens of candidates applied for the available positions, which cover all aspects of Jewish life on campus.

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Campus notebook: JSOC visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

● Bristol JSoc members took part in a range of events this term, including a visit from UJS education and programmes director Richard Verber.

He joined JSoc's regular Nosh and Natter lunch. Around 15 members heard Israeli historian Tom Segev talk about Simon Wiesenthal.

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No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.

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Dialogue worked - threats did not

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A group of Israeli students are celebrating the "phenomenal" success of their tour of British universities.

The 25 students made up part of the largest pro-active pro-Israel campaign in recent years and travelled to campuses in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham on a "battle bus" to mark Israel Awareness Week.

Individual university Jewish Societies also ran their own events.

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British-Israeli modelling herself on Miss World

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A British-Israeli model is hoping to capture the hearts of a nation in the final of the Miss Israel competition.

Channy Maccabee, 23, wants to emulate previous winner Linor Abargil, who went on to become Miss World.

Ms Maccabee will go head-to-head with 19 others in Haifa on Tuesday.

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Armed robbery at Edgware kosher deli

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

Staff at a kosher delicatessen were held up at gunpoint during an armed robbery this morning.

Police were called to Noshers Smoked Salmon Company in Edgware, north west London, at around 8.45am after two men threatened them with a handgun and demanded money.

Firearms officers arrived at the scene but the men had already fled empty-handed after staff refused to hand over cash.

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