Marcus Dysch

Swastika mystery in Aberystwyth

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A series of alledged antisemitic attacks are being investigated by police in a Welsh seaside town where strictly Orthodox Jews were on holiday.

Officers in Aberystwyth responded to reports of swastikas painted on grass and sheets of paper daubed with the Nazi symbol being scattered near a student village where dozens of Chasidic Jews were staying.

But Dyfed-Powys police said they had found no evidence of the grass incident and had received no complaints from the Jewish visitors.

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Family of cancer man raise £2m for centre

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A multi-million pound cancer diagnosis centre has been opened at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea in memory of music industry executive and cancer victim Raz Gold.

Mr Gold, who held senior posts at EMI and Warner, died in 2005 at the age of 39. Since then relatives including former Spurs vice-chairman Paul Kemsley have raised £3 million for the Raz Gold Foundation, of which £2 million has been put towards a rapid diagnostic and assessment centre at the Royal Marsden.

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Lockerbie bomber released

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is to be released from jail on compassionate grounds.

The decision comes 24 hours after the parents of Jewish victim Marc Tager said such a move would be “ridiculous”.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today rejected a prisoner transfer request which would have seen al-Megrahi serve the rest of his sentence in his home country.

But he agreed to the release on grounds of al-Megrahi suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

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Family's trauma over neighbours 'from hell'

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A Jewish family say they are being tormented by antisemitic abuse and harassment from a family of nine travellers living next door at taxpayers’ expense.

Jeremy and Hannah Kaye, an administrator for the Hanoar Hatzioni youth group, and their sons Jamie and Charlie, say they have been taunted with shouts of “Yids, Yids” and had glass jars and sacks of rubbish thrown at their home.

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Supremacist Wiginton banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

An American white supremacist was barred from entering Britain to attend the BNP’s annual summer festival over fears that his presence would stir up racial tension.

Preston Wiginton, 44, was turned away from the UK border after arriving at Heathrow from New York for last weekend’s Red, White and Blue festival.

He has close links to BNP leader Nick Griffin and helped to organise a university speaking tour for him in the US.

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Pick a card...

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2009

On Monday I visited the Home Office for a briefing with Lord Brett, the wonderfully titled Identity Minister (add your own 1984 joke here).

I’d been invited to discuss the rollout of the national ID cards scheme which is supposedly gathering speed.

Before going to meet the affable Mancunian Peer, I made some enquiries within the Jewish community as to people’s views on whether the cards would be, essentially, good or bad for the Jews.

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Lockerbie parents slam convict release plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2009

The parents of Lockerbie victim Marc Tager believe it would be "ridiculous" to release on compassionate grounds the Libyan man convicted of the bombing.

Michael and Birthe Tager, of Hendon, north west London, said it would be wrong to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who is serving life in a Scottish jail for murdering 270 people aboard Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.

He is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and is believed to be in a grave condition, close to death.

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Mudslinging bikini activists protest against Ahava and Kristin Davis

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2009
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Stolen Beauty, a group committed to boycotting Israeli goods, has specifically targeted Oxfam ambassador Kristin Davis and her promotion of Ahava cosmetics.

Stolen Beauty is run by American women who were initially opposed to the Iraq war. They turned their attention to Israel in June, with bikini-clad protestors demonstrating outside an Ahava store in Washington DC and gate-crashing a beach party event promoting Tel Aviv in New York City.

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Hand of history

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2009

I don’t want to go all Tony Blair on you, but there is something a little bit special about feeling the hand of history on your shoulder.

Joining Baroness Ruth Deech in Krakow last week to collect her family silver – hidden away for nearly 70 years – was a remarkable privilege.

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Israelis banned from world conference

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a furious attack on the World Archaeological Congress claiming Israeli archaeologists were excluded from a conference held in Ramallah.

Together with the Archaeological Council of Israel, the IAA claimed WAC officials had “set out with the goal in mind of inserting political issues into the professional archaeological experience” during the Overcoming Structural Violence conference.

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How the baroness got her silver back

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

It was smuggled out of the Nazis’ grasp and hidden in a secret drawer in a small Krakow flat for more than 60 years, but a set of silver cutlery finally took pride of place in the home of a British baroness this week.

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Mountain rescue for yeshivah boys, again

By Nigel Burnham and Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

Rescue teams in the Lake District have criticised a group of 23 yeshivah students who got stuck on a mountain for the second successive year.

An all-night rescue operation was launched on Sunday after the group from Gateshead Talmudical College became stuck while descending the 2,057ft Looking Stead, in one of Cumbria’s most remote valleys.

The male students, aged 14 to 23, were stranded on steep ground in mist and rain after wandering off a fell pass. Many were ill-prepared and were wearing T-shirts and trainers.

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Date turns sour for Sex and the City star Kristin Davis

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

Playing the role of Charlotte in Sex and the City, Kristin Davis’s biggest concern was finding Mr Right. But this week she found herself at the centre of a bigger problem — an international row over West Bank settlements.

Ms Davis, whose character in the TV series converted to Judaism to marry lawyer Harry Goldenblatt, has worked as a goodwill ambassador for Oxfam since 2005, visiting HIV and Aids projects in Mozambique, Uganda and South Africa.

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Family of ‘starved’ child to seek refuge in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

The family of the three-year-old boy allegedly starved by his mother in Jerusalem plan to move to London and be supported by British taxpayers “as soon as possible”, according to the toddler’s grandmother.

The woman said her son and pregnant daughter-in-law would “run to Stamford Hill” with their five children as soon as legal proceedings against the mother are concluded.

Once in Britain, the grandmother said the couple, both in their 30s, would seek housing benefits and the help of the Charedi community in Stamford Hill, where she and other family members already live.

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Guardian under fire over Gaza war reports

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

The Guardian has clashed with a leading media monitoring group over its investigation into reports of war crime allegations during the conflicts in Gaza and Sri Lanka.

Just Journalism analysed five broadsheet newspapers’ reports of fighting between the IDF and Hamas, and between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists.

It found that the issue of whether war crimes had been committed was raised against Israel at “an emphatically higher rate” than against Sri Lanka.

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Last Jew of Vilkaviskis goes home

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

When Eli Rutstein and his family left Vilkaviskis 45 years ago, they were the last Jews to leave the Lithuanian town which had once boasted a Jewish community of thousands.

After they left for Israel, the town’s Jewish past was largely forgotten and its 50,000 residents are mostly now unaware of the role the community once played.

But last week Mr Rutstein, now a 61-year-old father-of-three, returned to his home town and received a hero’s welcome from civic dignitaries and former classmates.

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Former JNF boss drops his employment case

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

The former chief executive of JNF UK has withdrawn his claim for constructive dismissal against the charity.

Simon Winters agreed to drop the proceedings following negotiations between the parties. He will receive no compensation or further payment from the JNF.

Mr Winters was suspended from his role on June 27 last year while an investigation took place into allegations he had failed to control the charity’s income and expenditure ratio, allowed JNF money to be used “extravagantly” and used his company credit cards improperly.

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Regulator considers War on Want complaint

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

The Charity Commission has confirmed it is considering a complaint from the World Jewish Congress about the actions of anti-poverty charity War on Want.

WJC president Ronald Lauder wrote to the Commission last month after WoW called for a worldwide boycott of Israel.

A Commission spokeswoman said it was “considering the contents” of the letter. However, the representative could not say when the matter would be resolved or what action could be taken.

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Shivah-conman film could make Oscars

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2009

A critically acclaimed short film starring Sir Derek Jacobi as a trickster targeting shivah houses could be nominated for an Oscar after winning a prestigious award in Hollywood.

Sidney Turtlebaum won best foreign film at the annual LA Shorts Fest — the world’s largest short film festival — last week and is now automatically eligible for Academy Award consideration.

The 10-minute comedy was first screened at last year’s UK Jewish film festival.

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Now it's Iran's 'narcotics' wall

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2009

Courtesy of Harry’s Place, more wall news.

After India last week we now have Iran apparently making attempts to keep out narcotics from Afghanistan.

Where next? Italy? Ivory Coast? Indonesia might find it a bit trickier….

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