Marcus Dysch

How one man's protest went around the globe

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The level of anti-Israel activity on British campuses is "overwhelming" and not enough is being done to combat it, according to a former academic in Islamic studies.

Denis MacEoin, former editor of the Middle East Quarterly, led criticism of one student association which attempted to implement a boycott of Israel earlier this year.

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UJS 'lacks backbone': Schochet

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

A leading Orthodox rabbi believes Jewish students do not have the "backbone" to tackle anti-Israel activity on campuses.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet said the Union of Jewish Students "must stop playing the victim" and unite against "radicalism and fundamentalism" at British universities.

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LPO urged to end suspension of Israel boycott musicians

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

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UJS's "radical, progressive" campaign? Sensible, or a cause for concern?

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students announced plans this week to launch a "radical, progressive" campaign, encouraging students to speak up for the rights and "liberation" of both Israelis and Palestinians.

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High Court to rule on Raed Salah arrest

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2011

A High Court judge is to rule on whether Islamic political activist Raed Salah was detained unlawfully in Britain.

Following a two-day hearing Judge Mr Justice Nicol reserved judgment on whether Home Secretary Theresa May's order to arrest Sheikh Salah was legal.

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Overcome the hurdles and enjoy the positives

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The new year on campus will bring tough challenges for Jewish students and the organisations which serve them so admirably.

Perhaps the biggest challenge will be working around the NUS's anti-Israel policies, adopted last May.

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Canadian to lead EDL Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The new leader of the English Defence League's Jewish division has encouraged British Jews to back the extreme right-wing group and "defend liberal democracy".

James Cohen, 52, who is based in Ottawa, Canada, said his dealings with EDL leaders had led him to believe they were "affable, intelligent, right-minded people" who had been "wrongly maligned" by the British media.

Mr Cohen, a writer

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Luciana Berger: I've been unlucky in the House

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Britain's youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of defending Israel since being elected to Parliament.

Ms Berger, 30, was Labour Friends of Israel director for three years before stepping down last year to fight her election campaign in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

There was an expectation that she would be a leading pro-Israel voice in Parliament.

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East Jerusalem choice

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

One-third of Palestinians in east Jerusalem would rather hold Israeli citizenship than live in a new Palestinian state, according to polling by a former State Department adviser.

David Pollock, who supervised US government studies of public opinion in the Middle East, carried out polls of more than 1,000 people living in Palestinian neighbourhoods in the city.

Speaking in Westminster on Mond

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Fraser determined to fight University and College Union

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

A Jewish academic has confirmed he is taking the University and College Union to an employment tribunal.

Ronnie Fraser threatened UCU with legal action in July following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

Lawyers acting for Mr Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, wrote to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the union's stance breached equality l

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LPO suspends anti-Israel activists

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra have been suspended after they encouraged the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance earlier this month.

Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were among two dozen anti-Israel musicians who signed a letter to the Independent on August 30.

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Union of Jewish Students shows commitment to peace

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students is to launch a "radical, progressive" campaign, encouraging students to speak up for the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Jewish students arriving at universities in the next fortnight will be asked to pledge their support to "two states for two peoples", hand out Israeli and Palestinian flags, and support "freedom, justice and equality" for all.

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UK musicians suspended over Israel Proms row

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2011

Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra have been suspended for calling on the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Proms appearance earlier this month.

Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were among those who signed a letter to the Independent on August 30.

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Breast cancer helpline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A cancer charity has set up a support group aimed specifically at the Jewish community.

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline's new online forum will help those at highest risk of developing the disease due to genes prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

Ashkenazim are more likely than the general population to carry mutations found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the risk of dev

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EDL picks new Jewish Division leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

The English Defence League has selected a new leader to run its Jewish division.

James Cohen, a Canadian writer and activist, was installed in the role last weekend.

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PSC target primary kids in lit festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Primary school pupils will be encouraged to write about "children under occupation" at a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

The workshops will encourage children to examine "the themes of human rights" through rap, poetry and short story-writing.

Schools taking part in the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival, organised by the Haringey Justice for Palestinians b

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Soloist suspended after Israel 'rant'

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A London Philharmonic Orchestra violinist has been suspended after she launched an anti-Israel tirade at a question and answer session.

The incident came shortly before the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's repeatedly disrupted performance at the Royal Albert Hall last Thursday.

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Amnesty puts Israel at fault for flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Amnesty International has said it stands by its initial response to the report into the Gaza flotilla, despite the human rights group focussing almost solely on the UN's findings against Israel.

Following the publication of the Palmer Report, Amnesty International issued a statement which made no mention of the report's criticism of Turkey for failing to do enough to stop the flotilla.

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Rabbi disguise for EDL leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2011

The leader of the English Defence League disguised himself as a rabbi to address supporters during a demonstration in east London on Saturday.

Stephen Lennon – known as Tommy Robinson – donned the outfit, which included a black hat and fake beard, in an apparent attempt to evade the police.

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Anti-Israel protesters disrupt BBC Proms

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall last night, causing the BBC to abandon its live broadcast of the prom.

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