Scottish police upset over racism

By Cathy Forman, September 23, 2013

Scottish police have expressed dismay that Jewish community members see antisemitism as “normal”.

Around 350 people from a cross-section of Scottish Jewry responded to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities’ report on Being Jewish in Scotland, which was funded by the Scottish Government. A key finding was that “80 per cent of respondents expressed the view that they feel threatened and vulnerable because, as Jews, they are held responsible for the actions of Israel”, explained Scojec’s Fiona Frank.

Following a presentation to Police Scotland, one officer reported: “There was sadness that a significant level of bigotry and antisemitism seem to be accepted by victims as a ‘normal’ occurrence and, therefore, a part of life — [and] not worth reporting to police.”

Last updated: 10:45am, September 23 2013