Scotland

Anger as Edinburgh University students vote for Israel boycott

By Jessica Weinstein, April 4, 2016

Edinburgh University's Israel Engagement Society (IES) has described a motion to boycott Israel passed by the student union as "irresponsible" and "intolerant".

The motion to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy was passed by 249-153 votes with 22 abstentions, giving a majority of 74.

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Board issues manifestos for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2016

Manifestos of Jewish concerns have been produced aimed at assisting candidates standing for election to the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in May.

The documents were created by the Board of Deputies and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, and Jewish representative councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Heated exchanges as Scottish Parliament debates groundbreaking pro-Israel motion

By Josh Jackman, February 25, 2016

The first debate on a pro-Israel motion to take place in the Scottish Parliament has seen heated exchanges in which Israel was accused of apartheid and boycott campaigners described as using the language of antisemitism.

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New student groups working to defend Israel

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

Life has been tough for Israel-supporting students over the past few years.

At Edinburgh University, a new Israel Engagement Society (IES) was set up last month, despite attempts to block it by the Students for Justice in Palestine group.

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Students fuel a Scottish revival

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

Hailstones pelted down and stooped pedestrians battled for balance in the 50 mile-per-hour winds.

This is Glasgow, where most residents joke you can see all four seasons in one day. It is not an obvious choice for Jewish students who usually head to campuses in Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham.

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Alex Salmond criticised after describing Israel's condemnation of Iran as 'inappropriate'

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2016

Former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond has been criticised after he said it was “inappropriate” for an Israeli official to condemn Iran during a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

Mr Salmond’s comments came on the same day that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had marked last week’s memorial day by denying the Shoah.

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Scottish Jews feeling under threat, says Tory MSP

By Naomi Firsht, February 1, 2016

A member of the Scottish Parliament has said the country’s Jewish community has “started to feel under the threat” from rising anti-Zionism and antisemitism

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Israeli aid workers now helping flood victims in Scotland

By Rosa Doherty, January 12, 2016

The Israeli disaster relief team who flew to England last week to help flood victims in Yorkshire have now moved on to Scotland .

Five volunteers from the IsraAid agency were helping repair homes and distributing blankets and food in the Leeds area. They headed north of the border after a member of the Jewish community in Aberdeen contacted them for help.

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Plight of Jewish students in Scotland revealed

By Naomi Firsht, November 23, 2015

Students in Scotland have hidden their Jewish identity because of rampant anti-Israel feeling on campus.

Details of discrimination against Jewish students emerged in evidence put before members of the Scottish Parliament who are considering a higher education bill.

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SNP politician 'apologises' for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2015

The Scottish National Party has apologised on behalf of a MSP after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter “in error”.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.

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