Marcus Dysch

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka contests FA's 'quenelle' charge

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka is to contest the Football Association's decision to charge him over the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The France striker used his Facebook page to state that he was "neither antisemitic or racist" and to challenge the allegations against him.

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Tory MP Aidan Burley 'offensive and stupid' over Nazi stag do

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

An MP who took part in a Nazi-themed stag party organised the event and bought an SS fancy dress uniform, a Conservative Party report has confirmed.

The exact details of Aidan Burley's level of involvement in the party had been unclear since it took place in France at the end of 2011.

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Three men charged over use of Y-word at Spurs

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2014

Three men have been charged by police with using the term "Yid" at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the trio - who are all Spurs fans - would appear in court next month.

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Labour MP denies he compared Israel to Nazis in tweet

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2014

A Labour MP’s tweet which appeared to compare Israel to the Nazis was “poorly-worded”, the party has admitted.

Grahame Morris posted a message on Sunday showing what appeared to be a group of protesters waving an Israeli flag.

Alongside it he wrote: “Nazis in my village - do you see the flag they fly.”

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Israelis deport activist over his involvement in violent protest in Belfast

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2014

A British activist has been deported from Israel because of his role in a university protest.

Gary Spedding, a Newcastle-based student, was detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli officials said he was thrown out of the country due to his involvement in a violent demonstration in Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Griffin’s Euro-fascist tie-up with Golden Dawn

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2014

British National Party chief Nick Griffin has pledged to work with Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group and claimed its jailed leaders have been “persecuted”.

During a visit to Athens, Mr Griffin accused Greek authorities of staging a “pseudo-legal war” against the party.

“Long live freedom, victory to Golden Dawn … our time will come,” he said.

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Tonge’s dream — it’s a nightmare for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Jenny Tonge has a dream — that one day, Israel should no longer be Jewish.

The controversial baroness, who resigned from the Liberal Democrats two years ago after making anti-Israel comments, was at it again in the House of Lords, this time echoing the famous speech by civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

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Cameron in ‘valuable’ talks with communal leaders

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

David Cameron was urged to do “everything possible” to help bring peace to the Middle East, at a meeting with Jewish leaders in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister met the heads of organisations including the United Synagogue, Norwood and Reform Judaism to discuss domestic and foreign issues.

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Oxfam concern over Palestinian activist

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Oxfam has cancelled an exhibition about Gaza over concerns about a pro-Palestinian activist who was due to co-host the event with the charity.

Gaza: Through My Eyes was due to take place tonight at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, with Ibrahim Hewitt as keynote speaker.

Oxfam pulled out after it was forwarded details of comments attributed to Mr Hewitt about homosexuality and Jews.

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A worldwide reaction

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has led the political tributes to Ariel Sharon following the former Israeli Prime Minister’s death at the age of 85.

Mr Cameron described Mr Sharon as “one of the most significant figures in Israeli history” and said he had taken “brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of peace”.

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MPs warned over intifada threat

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

Israel’s ambassador to Britain Daniel Taub has told MPs that talks between Israel and the Palestinians could lead to a “complex peace”, similar to that forged in Northern Ireland.

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Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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Support for hate victims

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

Extra support will be provided to victims of hate crimes, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

A new Victims’ Code came into force on Monday, with a focus on helping people from minority communities to deal with reporting crime and the stresses of attending subsequent court hearings.

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Britain denies diplomatic rift on trade advice

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

The Foreign Office has denied that it has opened a diplomatic rift with Israel over government guidelines that warn British businesses about the “reputational implications” of working with the settlements.

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UK lawyers briefed on West Bank military courts

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A group of British Jewish lawyers have met their counterparts in Israel to discuss legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The three-day visit, which began on Tuesday and was organised by grassroots advocacy group Yachad, saw 10 participants meet lawyers representing the IDF, Palestinian human rights groups and settler leaders.

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G4S denies it is being probed over West Bank contracts

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Security company G4S has said it is unaware of a possible investigation by British authorities into its work in Israel.

The firm has been repeatedly attacked for running security services in the West Bank, and confirmed six months ago that it would not renew some existing contracts with the Israeli government when they expire in 2015.

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Police probe racist tweets

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets — most referring to the Holocaust — from fans of both clubs were highlighted following the match on Saturday.

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All aboard the Harry Styles bandwagon

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

As a supposedly hard-nosed hack I tend to stick to reporting on events of a political and criminal nature rather than delve into the murky world of "showbiz".

But sometimes my mask slips, and I munch on the same diet of One Direction, Lea Michele and Miley Cyrus gossip as your average teenager.

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Avigdor Lieberman and William Hague in London talks

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met his British counterpart William Hague for talks in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed a range of issues relating to British-Israeli co-operation, including in the education, science and technology fields.

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Police investigate tweets after Arsenal and Tottenham clash

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets – most referring to the Holocaust – from fans of both clubs were highlighted following a bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday.

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