Marcus Dysch

Labour's Yvette Cooper warns Facebook over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2014

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has challenged Facebook to do more to tackle antisemitism on the site.

The Labour politician’s comments came after more than 20,000 people signed a petition calling on the company, and its Jewish founder Mark Zuckerberg, to stop “supporting the spread of antisemitism”.

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David Cameron defends shechita and blasts boycott in Knesset speech

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2014

David Cameron has delivered a wide-ranging speech to the Knesset, addressing every aspect of Britain's relationship with Israel.

The Prime Minister told the Israeli Parliament that he was resolutely opposed to boycotts and delegitimisation, and would steadfastly oppose threats to shechita and Jewish practices in Britain.

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David Cameron to announce multi-million pound trade deals during Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

David Cameron will arrive in Israel today to promote stronger ties with Britain in the technology and innovation industries.

The Prime Minister said he would tell Israeli leaders that peace with the Palestinians could bring "economic growth and create jobs for all".

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Striking Israeli diplomats complain to Matthew Gould over David Cameron visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

Israel's foreign diplomats have complained to Britain's ambassador in the country over David Cameron's plans to travel to Israel despite ongoing strike action.

Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association has repeatedly stated that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations for Mr Cameron's visit on Wednesday.

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David Cameron's Israel trip set to go ahead despite strike

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2014

Confusion has grown over David Cameron's planned trip to Israel in the light of an ongoing Israeli Foreign Ministry workers' strike.

The Prime Minister is expected to speak at the Knesset this week, despite Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association repeatedly stating that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations.

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Fame has taken us by surprise, reveal Gogglebox stars Leon and June

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2014

Leon is putting out the bins, June Bernicoff explains as she answers the phone.

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Miliband: I’ve never felt closer to the Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

Ed Miliband has revealed that his relationship with the Jewish community has grown and deepened in the years since he became leader of the Labour Party.

He told guests at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner on Wednesday: “I feel more part of the Jewish community than at any other time in my life”.

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Cameron curse as Israel visit fades - again

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

David Cameron’s planned visit to Israel appears to be doomed for a second time due to an Israeli Foreign Ministry strike.

Mr Cameron cancelled his first official trip to Israel as Prime Minister last month to remain in Britain to monitor the effects of the severe flooding.

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Government's £3 million boost for interfaith projects

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014

The Near Neighbours programme supports grassroots groups which work with Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist organisations.

Funding announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government will help the initiative extend its work in areas with large Jewish communities, including north-west London, Leeds and Bury, Lancashire.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Aipac

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this week at the Aipac conference in Washington DC.

He told supporters of Israel about the ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians, and also highlighted the threat of a nuclear Iran.

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'Blood libel' cleric Raed Salah jailed for incitement

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014

Controversial Islamic cleric Raed Salah has been jailed for eight months in Israel for inciting violence.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, incited Muslims to start a new intifada during a 2007 sermon.

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Leeds lobbying in growing numbers

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2014

One of the Leeds community's fastest-growing organisations is a grass-roots group of volunteers working to defend Israel in public and against negative media coverage.

Under the stewardship of retired teacher Mike Fligg, the Leeds Lobby Network has recruited 200 supporters since forming three years ago.

The network has taken on two dozen projects, ranging from issues raised in West Yorkshire

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US will not tolerate nuclear Iran, John Kerry tells AIPAC

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told supporters of Israel that Iran will not be allowed to obtain nuclear weaponry.

Speaking at the Aipac conference of Jewish leaders in Washington DC, Mr Kerry said the US would not tolerate a nuclear Iran but was determined to explore all diplomatic options.

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Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.

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Alice Sommer-Herz: death of oldest survivor

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

To some she was the “supercentenarian”, to others the “most optimistic person ever”. But to her grandchildren, Alice Sommer-Herz was simply “Giggi”.

Tributes have been paid to the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor following her death this week at the age of 110.

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Campaigner’s new hope over battle for looted art

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

When the news broke last October that a hoard of Nazi looted art had been recovered from a pensioner’s grimy Munich flat, the public response was one of astonishment.

But Anne Webber was not surprised. For her, the discovery was merely further confirmation of what she had long-known — that German authorities remain reluctant to tackle one of the key remaining legacies of the war.

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Amnesty shoots itself in the foot over Israel-West Bank report

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2014

Amnesty International’s claims that Israeli forces in the West Bank are “trigger-happy”, shoot Palestinians with impunity and may be guilty of war crimes have been met with outrage and widespread criticism.

A report published by the charity on Thursday highlighted what it said was a “harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians”.

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Alice Sommer-Herz: The Lady in Number 6

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2014
Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

The Lady In Number 6, a documentary about her life, is nominated for an Oscar at next week's Academy Awards.

In these excerpts from the film Alice talks about her love of music, family, friends and remarkable life.

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Alice Sommer-Herz, world's oldest Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2014

Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

Born in Prague in 1903, she survived the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin to become a world-renowned concert pianist in Israel.

Ms Sommer-Herz moved to London in 1986 and spoke of how the tragedy of her younger years had "enriched" her life.

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Brits joy for Ben as One Direction pick up award

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Producer and director Ben Winston is celebrating after winning his first Brit Award - for his role in a One Direction music video.

The pop group picked up the award in the Best British Video category for their hit Best Song Ever.

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