Marcus Dysch

Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Brondesbury getting bookish for rabbi's 10th

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Every youngster in the Brondesbury Park Synagogue community will receive a Jewish or Israel themed book each year as part of an initiative celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch Levin’s leadership.

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Helena Bonham Carter to sit on David Cameron's Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and senior politicians Michael Gove and Ed Balls will sit on the new Holocaust Commission announced by David Cameron.

The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah.

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Chelsea signing Salah 'refused to shake Israeli hands'

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2014

Chelsea's new Egyptian midfielder once refused to shake hands with Israeli footballers after apparently being pressured by extreme groups in his home country.

Mohamad Salah, signed this week from FC Basle for £11 million, sparked controversy when his Swiss side played Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League qualifying matches last year.

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Teen thief is revealed as synagogue burglar

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Two Jewish brothers have been jailed for their roles in a bungled attempt to steal a safe from a friend’s home.

Ronen and Yacov Izraelov were part of a gang of masked intruders who took the safe from a property in Finchley, north London.

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Economist pulls ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

The Economist has removed from its website a cartoon which appeared to show Barack Obama shackled by an Israel-controlled US Congress.

There had been immediate criticism of the cartoon from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the United States.

The image was used to illustrate an article which investigated the possibilities of a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

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Police praise volunteers who caught robber

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Members of a Jewish security team have been praised by police for helping to detain a robber who attacked a woman.

The Shomrim volunteers held the teenager until officers arrived following the incident last month.

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Peer attacks shechita as ‘unacceptable’

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Clearer labelling of meat should be introduced in Britain to help identify animals killed in accordance with religious slaughter, peers have argued.

During a fierce debate in the House of Lords, shechita was described as “barbaric” and “absolutely unacceptable” before Jewish peers rallied to defend the practice.

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'Israel is losing support' warns ambassador Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Israel is losing support across Europe due to its approach to the Palestinians and West Bank settlements, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould said changes were “slowly” becoming apparent in the way British politicians and the media approached Israel.

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Spurs fans ready to fight ‘Yid’ charges

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Three Tottenham Hotspur supporters have become the first football fans to be charged with criminal offences for using the term “Yid”.

The charges relate to incidents during matches at the club’s White Hart Lane Stadium against FC Sheriff in the Europa League last November and a Premier League game with West Ham United in October.

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Nazi stag-do MP keeps Tory whip

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

A “stupid and naïve” Conservative MP will keep the party whip despite an internal Tory report accepting he bought an SS fancy dress outfit and organised a Nazi-themed stag-do.

The exact details of Aidan Burley's level of involvement in the revelry had been unclear since the event at a French ski resort in 2011.

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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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