Marcus Dysch

Blogger questioned on anti-Zionist 'harassment'

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2010

A university student who wrote blogs attacking anti-Zionists has accused police of acting on behalf of the Church after he was questioned in connection with a harassment complaint.

Joseph Weissman, 23, author of the Seismic Shock blog, revealed that two officers had visited him asking for comments he had made about Church of England pastor Stephen Sizer to be removed from the site.

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Wife of British doctor in Haiti speaks

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2010

The wife of a British-born doctor who is part of the Israeli mission treating victims of the Haitian earthquake has spoken about her husband's work .

Dr Ian Miskin, 53, one of Israel’s foremost specialists in treating infectious diseases, has been in Haiti for a week, aiding rescue missions and helping those rescued from the rubble.

Speaking from her home in Israel, Hagit Miskin , herself a leading paediatrician, said her husband, originally from London, was battling the growing problem of infections among survivors.

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Campus ghetto - myth or reality?

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

In her comment piece in this week's JC On Campus section, Birmingham student Roseanna Lewis raises what is, I suspect, an often under-reported concern held by some Jewish students.

She suggests that on many campuses, admittedly often those with a larger Jewish student community (Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham), young Jews not only do not mix with their non-Jewish counterparts, but in some cases actively go out of their way to avoid those from other faiths and backgrounds.

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Where Star Wars meets Chaplin

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

A 25ft Tyrannosaurus Rex roars at Charlie Chaplin while a Dalek looks on — and all within sight of the Thames. No, not a scene from the imagination of a particularly eclectic movie buff, but one of the prop-filled exhibition rooms at the London Film Museum.

This is where memorabilia marking some of the greatest moments in British cinema history can be viewed by visitors, ranging from the original Rank gong to a spear from Michael Caine’s epic Zulu, via the Pinhead costume from Hellraiser.

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Liddle defends his Auschwitz ‘humour’

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Journalist Rod Liddle has defended comments he made about Auschwitz in an online forum which contains virulently antisemitic jokes.

Mr Liddle, the former editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, said his remarks needed to be viewed in context and that he had been attempting to show the Nazi death camp has been “rendered politically correct…something much less than it should be”.

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'Sorry' for victims of Thalidomide

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Two Jewish Thalidomide victims visited Parliament last week to witness the government’s long-awaited apology to those who suffered the consequences of the drug’s use 50 years ago.

Guy Tweedy and Nick Dobrick heard Health Minister Mike O’Brien express “sincere regret and deep sympathy” and confirm a £20 million package, worth around £40,000 each for more than 460 survivors and their families.

Mr O’Brien told the House of Commons the money, to be distributed by the Thalidomide Trust, would be used to meet the health needs of survivors.

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Hackney council threat to demolish four-storey Charedi home

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

A Charedi family is waiting to discover whether their home will be demolished following a long-running dispute with a council.

Jacob Dreyfuss, president of Stamford Hill’s Stolin-Karlin synagogue, has appealed to overturn an enforcement notice imposed after he rebuilt his home without planning permission.

If he loses, Hackney Council will be legally allowed to have the house knocked down and rebuilt to its original dimensions.

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Amnesty Gaza report has 'systematic bias'

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Amnesty International’s Middle East director has denied the charity has an anti-Israel agenda and said it works equally to protect citizens of the Jewish state and their Palestinian neighbours.

The organisation’s latest report on Israel and the Palestinians examines attempts to rebuild life in Gaza following last year’s conflict.

Published on Monday to coincide with the first anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Suffocating: The Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade calls on Israeli authorities to allow fuel, food, building materials and other essential goods into Gaza unrestricted.

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Stalker jailed for four months

By Marcus Dysch, January 18, 2010

A “socially inadequate loner”, who stalked a young mother for more than five years, has been jailed.

Elliot Fogel, 34, was given a four-month sentence after he admitted breaching a restraining order which banned him from any contact with Claire Waxman.

He had stored material on his computer including around 40,000 Google searches of Mrs Waxman’s name, a satellite image of her home, and her wedding picture.

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New organisation to tackle race hate on campus

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2010

University leaders are to form a group to tackle extremism on campus, four years after the Parliamentary All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism first recommended such a move.

The Union of Jewish Students and the Community Security Trust welcomed the new working group, but called for higher education institutions to “demonstrate leadership” and drop their previously “sluggish” approach.

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Muslim preachers who glorified suicide bombers are banned

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2010

Jewish community leaders have welcomed the banning of a radical Islamist group which has glorified suicide bombers and preached antisemitism.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson proscribed Islam4UK under anti-terror legislation and extended the banning order to the group’s use of other names, including Al-Muhajiroun.

The extremist group, led by Anjem Choudary, had last week announced and then retracted plans to march through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town where crowds gather to honour British soldiers killed in Afghanistan as their coffins are repatriated.

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The Thameslink disgrace

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2010

I know many of our readers travel to work in central London using First Capital Connect’s Thameslink service.

It runs through stations including Borehamwood and Elstree, Mill Hill, Hendon, Cricklewood and West Hampstead, handily transporting passengers from the suburbs to the city in a speedier, more comfortable fashion than the Tube.

At least that’s what FCC claim. Instead, for the past two months, the company has ‘run’ one of the surely most shambolic, inept, insulting services ever seen in this country.

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Ofcom upholds complaint against Asian radio

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2010

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has upheld a complaint against an Asian radio station.

A volunteer presenter on Nottingham’s Radio Faza read out a text message during the daily News Today show. He introduced it as a “joke”. It said: “Jewish kid next door just asked me for a water fight… thought I would text while the kettle is boiling.”

He then repeated it for listeners who “may not have understood the joke” the first time.

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Islamic convert fabricated a Jewish hitlist over Israel support

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2010

A man who fabricated claims that Lord Sugar and other prominent British Jews were assassination targets for Islamic extremists is being investigated on suspicion of inciting religious hatred against Jews.

Glen Jenvey, 44, of Salisbury, faked comments on an online Muslim forum claiming a “hit list” was being prepared and warned of a “hate campaign”.

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Alex Salmond urged to stop Scottish Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2010

The Scottish Friends of Palestine group has urged the Scottish First Minister to cancel a trade group’s trip to Israel, denouncing it as a “pariah state”.

A delegation from Scottish Development International, which helps companies attract foreign investment, is due to arrive in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

During the five-day trip, organised with UK Trade and Investment, they are expected to meet scientists from Israeli companies specialising in stem cell research, drug development and medical devices.

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Man fined for New Year antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2010

A 20-year-old Romanian has been fined after he shouted antisemitic abuse at two revellers and spat at police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Two Jewish men alerted police after they were shouted at outside The Refectory pub in Finchley Road, Golders Green, at 3.15 am on January 1.

When officers arrived they found a group of men involved in a scuffle. Two ran away but the third, Daniel Cader, was arrested. While being detained he spat at the police and paramedics.

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That's some chat-up line...

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2010

Last night I heard a part-hilarious, part-terrifying story that I had, up until now, only thought possible in the movies.

While driving home my female friend was, basically, crashed into by a male driver intent on stopping her one way or another in order to get her phone number.

Almost unbelievable I know, but true.

Perhaps more ridiculous, this was in Hendon. Not the Bronx, not Compton, Hendon.

Thankfully she was ok, although her car was, unsurprisingly, sporting a little damage this morning.

In the end she got his number, but only for insurance purposes, naturally.

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Thalidomide campaigners win payout

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2009

Two Jewish thalidomide victims have welcomed the success of their long-running campaign which will see the government pay sufferers £20 million in compensation.

Guy Tweedy and Nick Dobrick, who were both born with shortened upper limbs as a result of being given the drug, had called for greater recognition for sufferers for the past seven years.

The Department of Health has now agreed to spread payment to the Thalidomide Trust over three years. The charity will share the money among Britain’s 463 surviving thalidomide victims.

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Thalidomide victims win cash payout

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2009

Two Jewish Thalidomide victims have welcomed the success of a long-running campaign which will see the government paying sufferers £20 million in compensation.

Guy Tweedy and Nick Dobrick had called for greater recognition for sufferers for seven years.

The Department of Health has now agreed to spread the payment to the Thalidomide Trust over a three-year period. The charity will share the money between Britain’s 463 surviving Thalidomide victims.

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Ofcom raps radio station for antisemitic 'joke'

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2009

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has upheld a complaint against an Asian community radio station which broadcast an antisemitic joke sent in by a listener.

A volunteer presenter on Radio Faza, a Nottingham-based channel aimed at women in the city’s south Asian community, read out the text message on September 25, during the daily News Today show.

He introduced the message as a “joke”, and said: “Jewish kid next door just asked me for a water fight…thought I would text while the kettle is boiling.”

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