Marcus Dysch

Israelis shocked at life in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A group of Israeli parliamentary advisers say a visit to Britain to learn about pluralism in the Jewish community has revealed a stark contrast to their lives at home.

The fourteen, among them political advisers, Knesset spokespeople and parliamentary journalists, met representatives from all sections of British Jewry during the five-day trip.

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NUS want to send students on Gaza flotillas

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The National Union of Students has adopted a vehement anti-Israel policy in a move that has stunned Jews on campus.

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Plan to ban Israeli books in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Books by Israeli authors could be removed from Scottish libraries as part of a council's boycott policy.

The ban is enforceable in libraries run by West Dunbartonshire Council, which covers towns and villages west of Glasgow.

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The Lion of Hull is finally honoured

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The work of a politician whose efforts saved thousands of lives during the war has been recognised in the city where he was a leading figure for more than half a century.

A 10ft-high statue of Sir Leo Schultz was unveiled outside Hull's Guildhall on Monday.

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Promise director Kosminsky and 'Israel apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Peter Kosminsky, the director who made the controversial series The Promise, has attacked the Israeli government, comparing its policies to those of apartheid South Africa.

Mr Kosminsky, who was widely criticised following the broadcast of the films about British mandate Palestine, likened Israeli actions to the bantustan policies in South Africa 60 years ago.

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Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.

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Neighbour is cleared over weedkiller vendetta

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

A former financial trader has been cleared of poisoning his neighbour's hedge with weedkiller.

Robert Pearlman, 44, was accused of attacking the hedge between his and Saul Shaya's homes as part of a long-running dispute between the men, who are both Jewish.

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Tributes pour in for Labour MP Cairns

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

David Cairns MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, has died following a short illness. Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March with pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP was in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Students' trial is delayed

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The trial of two students accused of desecrating an Israeli flag has been adjourned until the summer.

St Andrews University students Samuel Colchester, 20, and Paul Donnachie, 18, face alternate charges of racially aggravated conduct or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in relation to an alleged incident in March.

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Inverclyde MP David Cairns dies after illness

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2011

David Cairns MP, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has died following a short illness.

Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March suffering from pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP, a former Scotland Minister, was serving in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Board battles to rein in next generation

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The long-term future of the Board of Deputies could be decided in the next year, as efforts to engage with younger community members reach a critical point.

Attempts to identify future leaders of the Jewish community, and involve younger people in the Board's work, have led to a "battle" among senior Board members.

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University bans anti-Zionist Atzmon speech

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, but was called off last week.

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Westminster university cancels anti-Zionist event

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, May 3, but will not now go ahead.

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Palestinian unions say no to Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Palestinian trade unions have encouraged Britain's biggest public sector union, Unison, to maintain its links with Israeli counterparts.

A delegation of Unison officials visited Israel and the Palestinian territories to review its relationship with the Histadrut (Israeli TUC).

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BBC clears Panorama on flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

A Panorama programme which investigated the Gaza flotilla incident has been largely cleared of inaccuracy and partiality by the BBC's editorial standards body.

The BBC Trust apologised for three breaches of accuracy and impartiality, but rejected dozens of complaints from Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporters.

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Amnesty to host anti-Israel Atwan talk

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Amnesty International has defended its planned hosting of an anti-Israel event featuring guest speakers including controversial journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

Mr Atwan was investigated by police following a lecture last December in which he called Jewish students "Nazis" and repeatedly referred to "the Jewish lobby" controlling America.

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BBC rejects complaints over flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, April 21, 2011

A Panorama programme which investigated the Gaza flotilla incident has been largely cleared of inaccuracy and partiality by the BBC's editorial standards body.

The BBC Trust apologised for three breaches of accuracy and impartiality, but rejected dozens of complaints which were made by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and its supporters.

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Tackling the 'Y' word

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2011

There has been a great deal of coverage given to the campaign to kick antisemitism out of football in the past 24 hours.

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Business leaders offer internships

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Businessman and philanthropist Sir Trevor Chinn was guest speaker at a career networking event run by the Union of Jewish Students, University Jewish Chaplaincy and TrainE-TraidE.

The evening, held in central London, was attended by more than 150 students looking for jobs and internships. They were given the opportunity to meet around 50 professionals from a range of industries.

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Beards set to raise charity funds

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

A group of students and youth organisation workers will raise money for charity by being sponsored to grow their beards during the Omer.

Members of Marom, Noam, RSY-Netzer, and LJY-Netzer hope to replicate the success of "Movember", the moustache-growing cancer fundraiser held every November.

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