Marcus Dysch

London's Westminster university votes in Islamic extremism linked leaders

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is “unacceptable” that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a university student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by University of Westminster Students’ Union members despite the NUS’s no-platform policy for the radical group.

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Police looking for Mud Club founder abusers

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2011

Socialite Philip Sallon is recovering after he suffered a fractured skull in an assault.

Mr Sallon was punched, kicked and stamped on after being approached by two men in Piccadilly Circus in the early hours of April 2.

A fixture on the London club scene, Mr Sallon is renowned for his flamboyant dress sense.

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Let's be twins, Irish council asks Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2011

Northern Ireland's smallest district council has agreed to explore the possibility of twinning with Gaza, sparking a war of words among local politicians and residents.

Moyle, in County Antrim, is home to just 17,000 people. Councillors voted last week in favour of a twinning project with Gaza City, and will now investigate possible link-ups.

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Viral videos propel pair to campus stardom

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Home-made comedy music videos made by two Jewish students about life on campus have taken the university community by storm.

Nic Gilbert and Jonathan Kogan's viral clips have received 100,000 hits on YouTube from students across the country.

The pair, both aged 22 and from Totteridge in north London, are now completing their latest film which looks at life after graduation.

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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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