Marcus Dysch

Downfall of Moshe’s mafia

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2009

Three Israelis, one of whom is 81 years old, have been convicted of running one of the biggest cannabis-smuggling operations ever intercepted by British police.

Grandfather Moshe Kedar, Yehezkel Srebro, 57, and 67-year-old Mordechai Hersh, were behind an elaborate plot to bring more than 12 tonnes of the drug, with a street value of £36 million, into the country using a tugboat.

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Shechita meets Halal

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2009

A shechita expert is to advise a Muslim group that monitors restaurants and butchers for compliance with halal slaughtering practices.

Chanoch Kesselman, executive co-ordinator of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, will provide the Halal Monitoring Committee with information on pre-stunning animals.

Mr Kesselman said the link-up was an example of how different faiths could work together.

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David Irving flees Norway

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2009

Convicted Holocaust denier David Irving had to leave Norway after police said they could not guarantee his safety.

Demonstrators from SOS Racism, a French anti-racism group, had attempted to block his entrance to an Oslo television station where he was due to give an interview on Tuesday last week. Irving had to use a back door to enter the building.

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The real danger of the BNP

By Marcus Dysch, May 28, 2009

I’ve never liked Rotherham.

It was my first 'patch' as a trainee reporter in south Yorkshire. On the first day I was pounding the streets in search of news stories when a driver decided to purposely speed through a sizeable puddle at the side of the road, thus drenching me.

Also, on the first day of the 1998/99 season I travelled to the town to see Hull City take on Rotherham. It was the start of Mark Hateley’s second season as Hull manager. He’d been built up as the saviour, the ex-England striker who would fire us up the Football League. This was going to be our year.

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And this is our dictator range...

By Marcus Dysch, May 28, 2009

I’ve found myself working on some bizarre stories in my short career.

Meeting a chap who had a full-size replica cow dumped in his garden, interviewing a dog which had been banned from a care home and meeting Billie Jean King are all fairly high on the list.

But this week's case of a man complaining that his underpants featured an image of Hitler could be my new favourite.

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London student link to FBI fraud inquiry

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

An American family has warned that British Jews could unknowingly be the victims of an international fraud operation.

Deborah Stutman-Brickey and her husband David, of Columbus, Ohio, were forced to change their bank account after being targeted while attempting to let a student flat near Ohio State University.

Mrs Stutman-Brickey, a chemical engineer, said: “A very elaborate scheme of fraudulent cheques and getting bank routing numbers was launched, causing us many headaches.”

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MP attacks shechitah in Commons debate

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

An anti-Shechitah MP has again called on the government to ban Jewish religious slaughter.

North West Leicestershire Labour MP David Taylor said the law which exempts shechitah from the practice of pre-stunning animals “cannot be allowed to continue”.

He asked Farming Minister Jane Kennedy to view a film which he said “shows the effects of such slaughter”.

“It cannot be allowed to continue and we must end those exemptions. It is cruel, unacceptable and antediluvian,” he said.

Ms Kennedy said she would watch the film “with a sinking heart”.

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Edinburgh film woman hits back

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

The Israeli film director at the centre of an argument over film festival funding has hit back at anti-Israel campaigners.

Tali Shalom Ezer said she was “outraged” at comments made by controversial director Ken Loach, in which he claimed Israel had conducted “massacres and state terrorism in Gaza”.

Following Mr Loach’s remarks, organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival rejected a £300 donation from the Israeli Embassy.

The money was to be used to fly Ms Shalom Ezer to Scotland for the screening of her debut film, Surrogate.

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New order for Asbo boy

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

A boy has been sentenced to community service for breaching an antisocial behaviour order imposed after he verbally abused Jewish schoolchildren.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a referral order in January after admitting charges of racially aggravated harassment and common assault.

Magistrates were told that he had approached pupils from JFS as they travelled home on a 183 bus through north west London. The youth threatened to stab them and shouted “Jewish scum” during the incident last November.

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More MPs are caught in expenses firing-line as the scandal deepens

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

A Jewish MP is to stand down at the next election after becoming embroiled in the expenses row and claiming the public was “jealous” of his country house.

Tory MP Anthony Steen announced his retirement after earlier claiming taxpayers should not be allowed to see MPs’ claims and insisting his behaviour had been “impeccable”.

The 69-year-old former barrister was elected to represent Totnes in 1983. Previously he represented Liverpool Wavertree for nine years.

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They’re even in your pants

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

Next has withdrawn a range of underpants after a customer complained they featured an image of Hitler.

Benjamin Radomski, whose grandmother escaped Nazi persecution, complained to Next’s Jewish chief executive Simon Wolfson after buying the boxer shorts at Gatwick Airport.

They featured a number of cartoon images. Mr Radomski said he believed one showed Hitler giving a Nazi salute as planes and a Zeppelin fly overhead.

The company’s website describes the garments as “Comic Strip Hipsters”. They are sold in a three-pack for £18.

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Etgarim to offer sporty summer camp to disabled British youth

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

An Israeli charity which provides challenging outdoor sports activities for physically and mentally disabled children wants to open its summer camps to British youngsters.

Etgarim currently works with 5,000 youngsters and 700 adults at its Israeli centres. Post-trauma psychological help and sporting pursuits are offered to IDF veterans.

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World Jewish Relief brings hope to Ukrainian community

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

At first glance, Krivoy Rog is a grim, soulless city.

Mile after mile of empty fields are interspersed with drab tower blocks. The wide, potholed streets are largely devoid of traffic. Only occasionally does a pedestrian wander by.

This sprawling former steel mining city in south Ukraine, 200 miles from the capital Kiev, is home to 12,000 Jews, most of whom are, like the other 700,000 residents, in dire need of medical and financial assistance.

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Andrew Dismore MP a step closer to law on art restitution

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

A campaign to change the law which would allow art looted by the Nazis and found in British museums to be returned to the heirs of the original owners has taken a “major step forward”.

Labour’s Hendon MP Andrew Dismore secured an unopposed second reading for his Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill in the House of Commons last Friday.

It will now be considered in detail at committee level and then followed by a report and a final reading.

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Sir Jeremy blasts Edinburgh Film Festival for boycott ‘capitulation’

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

Anti-Israel campaigners have succeeded in forcing the Edinburgh International Film Festival to return funding from the Israeli Embassy.

Members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign had threatened to picket the event in June unless £300, which was to be used to fly Israeli director Tali Shalom Ezer to Scotland, was rejected.

Festival organisers said the decision was not a result of those threats, but was instead based on comments made by film director Ken Loach, speaking on behalf of the SPSC.

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BBC's World's Strictest Parents 'do Shabbat & keep kosher'

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

They look the most unlikely of families: the modestly-dressed Zionist parents and the surly teenagers, complete with piercings and heavy make-up.

But the two youngsters from Hampshire now have a new understanding of all aspects of Jewish life after spending a week living with this Orthodox family in Israel.

Gemma Lyons, 16, and 17-year-old Jack Travers filmed an episode of the BBC reality show World’s Strictest Parents with the Sha-ked family, in the gated, religious community of Nof Ayalon, near Modi’in, last week.

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Boycott the boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2009

The capitulation by organisers of the Edinburgh Film Festival is, I think, more shocking than most examples of the Israel boycott we’ve previously seen.

Had the organisers decided off their own backs to not accept the Israeli Embassy’s money to fly in director Tali Shalom Ezer it would have been bad enough.

But to so openly base the decision on the ramblings of Ken Loach almost beggars belief.

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Film festival made to hand back embassy cash

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2009

Anti-Israel campaigners have succeeded in forcing the Edinburgh International Film Festival to return funding from the Israeli Embassy.

Members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign had threatened to picket the event in June unless £300, which was to be used to fly Israeli director Tali Shalom Ezer to Scotland, was rejected.

Festival organisers said the decision was not a result of those threats, but was instead based on comments made by film director Ken Loach, speaking on behalf of the SPSC.

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Board of Deputies condemn Islam centre blaze

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2009

The Board of Deputies has written to leaders of an Islamic centre gutted by fire in a suspected arson attack to express “solidarity and disgust”.

The Islamic Education Centre in Luton was targeted last week.

It is thought the fire could have been started by far right activists in revenge for the picketing of British troops by Muslim extremists in the town in March.

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Shock at gay film shown to teenagers

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2009

A feature film about gay IDF soldiers has been screened to a group of teenagers preparing for a Liberal Judaism-organised tour of Israel.

Parents said the children were shocked when Yossi and Jagger, described as an “Israeli Brokeback Mountain”, was broadcast at a sleep-over event last week.

The youngsters had been meeting at the organisation’s headquarters in central London for the first time ahead of their LJY Netzer trip in July and August, for a pre-tour orientation session.

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