Marcus Dysch

Anti-Zionist Warwick professor faces investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2011

The conduct of an anti-Israel professor is to be investigated by the agency that reviews the performance of universities.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will consider whether Warwick University's Nicola Pratt breached guidelines on impartiality when marking Israeli student Smadar Bakovic's dissertation.

QAA chief executive Anthony McClaran received a complaint about

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German envoy hosts AJR party

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

The German Ambassador to Britain hosted a special Chanucah party to conclude the Association of Jewish Refugees' 70th anniversary celebrations.

Georg Boomgaarden welcomed Holocaust survivors and former refugees to his London residence on Tuesday to witness the lighting of the first candle.

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Charedim in court over London riot looted computers

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Two Charedi men have admitted buying computers from looters on the first night of the London riots.

Joseph Landau and Heskel Brauer, both 24 and members of Stamford Hill's strictly Orthodox community, were seen separately buying them on August 6 as violence erupted.

A woman saw them with the computers at Tottenham Hale Retail Park and took their car registration numbers.

At Wood Green Cro

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Man questioned over antisemitic egg attack

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of throwing eggs at Jews in "drive-by" attacks.

The 19-year-old was interviewed on Tuesday following two suspected incidents in Hendon and Golders Green, north west London, on the Friday evenings of December 9 and 16.

In the first incident, four Jewish girls in their early 20s had eggs thrown at them as they walked along Golders Green Road.

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Anti-Zionist professor's low marks for Israeli - now a distinction

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

An Israeli postgraduate student has succeeded in having her dissertation re-marked to a distinction after it was originally supervised and given a poor mark by a professor who campaigns for an academic boycott of Israel.

Smadar Bakovic repeatedly told Warwick University she was uncomfortable with Nicola Pratt overseeing her master's dissertation on Israeli Arab identity.

Professor Pratt is a

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Giant menorah wrecked and rebuilt - just in time

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Volunteers rebuilt a 15ft menorah in less than six hours after vandals destroyed Scotland's biggest public chanuciah in an antisemitic attack.

Edinburgh Chabad constructed and installed the new menorah in time for Tuesday night's first candle-lighting - describing the feat as a modern-day Chanucah miracle.

The original menorah - erected in the city's St Andrew's Square - was found destroyed

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"Nazi" stag party MP could face French criminal charges

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

French authorities have opened an enquiry into the Nazi-themed stag party attended by Conservative MP Aidan Burley.

The 32-year old could face a jail term or fine after magistrates in the ski resort of Albertville received a complaint about conduct at the party.

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We have Starbucks and Tesco, but no kosher meat

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

When I began my business course at the University of Nottingham I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be moving all the way to the other side of the world to a city called Ningbo, in China, as part of my degree.

Arriving for my exchange year I asked myself what I was doing. China is completely different to home, and Ningbo especially so. It was hot and sticky.

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A week of weakness

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

While our non-Jewish friends and colleagues wind down in advance of the festive period and we look forward to the joys of Chanucah, I find myself, as usual, rather disgruntled.

Never mind the season of goodwill, this has been a strange week and one in which I’ve spent a considerable amount of time shaking my head in disbelief.

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Palestinian Mission in Britain removes Atzmon articles

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

The Palestinian Mission in Britain has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and removed articles by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon from its website.

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UK gets chance to trace persecution

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

One of the world's largest Holocaust archives, recording the fate of 17 million people, could be made available in Britain for the first time - if the money is found to fund it.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) archive contains more than 50 million pieces of information, using records from concentration camps, ghettos and displaced persons' camps.

It was initially created by the Briti

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Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-

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Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss fears for Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Students vote to strengthen union

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2011

Students converged on Leeds University last weekend to mark the relaunch of the Union of Jewish Students' flagship event.

Once a regular fixture, UJS conference has been absent from the campus calendar since 2005, due to a decline in the number of delegates attending.

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Nottingham in need of funds after years of success

By Marcus Dysch, December 8, 2011

One of the country's largest university Jewish societies is to launch a fundraising campaign to help finance an improved centre for their social and religious events.

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Transsexual assaulter is jailed

By Marcus Dysch, December 8, 2011

A man has been jailed for six months for punching a Jewish woman in the face.

Ben Matthew Firth harassed and then assaulted transsexual Samantha Marks in a library in Hull.

Frith had initially targeted Ms Marks at the city's central library in July, shouting "hiya boy" and making other abusive remarks. When she left the library Frith chased her.

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York students reject Hebrew University twinning

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Students at York University have rejected the chance to link their union with Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.

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Israel envoy Taub goes back to university

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to Britain, has made his first campus visit since being appointed.

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'UJS has failed - now it's time for change'

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students elects its new president on Sunday, with law student Alex Green the only candidate standing to lead the union.

The solitary application appears to represent Jewish students' significant loss of interest in the role.

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