Scotland

Man arrested after training dog to perform Nazi salute

By Josh Jackman, May 10, 2016

Police have arrested a man who trained a dog to perform a Nazi salute on cue.

Markus Meechan, 28, posted a video online showing him encouraging his girlfriend’s pug Buddha to make the offensive gesture by asking him: “Buddha - do you want to gas the Jews?” and saying “sieg heil” while giggling.

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Scottish MP pays compensation over ‘Holocaust denier’ slur

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

An MP who accused a leading campaigner of being an “outed Holocaust denier” has apologised for the slur and agreed to pay £10,000 in compensation.

Natalie McGarry, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow East, also called Scotland in Union director Alastair Cameron an “internet troll” in a tweet posted on March 6.

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Labour loses seats in Jewish districts of England and Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Local election results across the country have revealed the apparent extent of disaffection with the Labour Party.

While Labour retained overall control of Bury Council, its support collapsed in Prestwich – at the heart of Manchester's Jewish community.

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SNP bar activist over hate posts

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

The Scottish National Party has barred a party activist from taking part in campaigns after his antisemitic Facebook posts were revealed.

Amjed Hussain, who campaigned alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her manifesto launch for this week’s election, has shared a video which alleged that Mossad carried out the 9/11 terrorist hijackings.

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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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