Scotland

Why we should mourn the death of Labour in Scotland

By Robert Philpot, May 1, 2015

One Labour campaigner in Scotland labels his party’s strategy “defend the keep”. The Scottish Nationalists have stormed Labour’s once impregnable citadel, forcing Ed Miliband’s party to fall back and defend only ever-diminishing territory inside the castle walls.

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SNP candidate claims Netanyahu should face war crimes trial

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

A Scottish National Party candidate has called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes.

Stewart McDonald, who is standing in Glasgow South, has also backed a boycott of Israel, according to the Common Space website.

Speaking at a hustings last Thursday, he is reported to have said: “I think we need to get Netanyahu in front of a war crimes trial.

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SNP pledges to protect shechita in Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

The Scottish National Party has pledged to protect kosher slaughter if it forms part of the British government after May 7.

Shechita is overseen in Scotland by the Rabbinical Commission for Licensing of Shochtim, under the auspices of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

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SNP pledge to back independent Palestinian state

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

The Scottish National Party manifesto has pledged to “call on the next UK government to support the formal recognition of a Palestinian state”.

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SNP may force Labour to take tougher line on Israel

By Robert Philpot, April 8, 2015

Last week’s election debate provided an introduction to Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon for many voters south of the border. They may be seeing much more of her in the months ahead — despite Labour ruling out a coalition, polls indicate that some form of informal deal with her Scottish National Party may be Ed Miliband’s only route into No 10.

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Interview: Jim Murphy

By Robert Philpot, April 6, 2015

As he stood on two Iron-Bru crates campaigning for a "No" vote in last year's Scottish referendum, Jim Murphy's support for Israel was frequently hurled at him as a term of abuse by pro-independence hecklers.

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Friends groups will work to resist boycott efforts

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

The founder of a new grassroots group has claimed it will combat Scotland's "vicious" anti-Israel movement.

Nigel Goodrich oversaw the launch of Edinburgh Friends of Israel on Sunday, with around 200 people - the majority not Jewish - attending its inaugural conference.

Mr Goodrich said: "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Israel boycott movement in Scotland are vicious.

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Edinburgh students union accused of antisemitism over pre-Pesach boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The president of Edinburgh Jewish Society has accused the student union of antisemitism for refusing to postpone a vote on boycotting Israel to be held the day before Pesach.

Emma Dubin, Edinburgh JSoc president, found out on Monday that a motion proposing a commercial and cultural boycott of Israel was on the agenda for the last student council meeting before the Easter holidays on Thursday.

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SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.

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MP wants fund to pay for Scottish shul security

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A Scottish MP has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to re-establish a fund to protect synagogues across the country.

Ken Macintosh, Scottish Labour's shadow social justice spokesperson, commended the JC on its Save Our Shuls campaign, which he said prompted him to write to Mrs Sturgeon.

The £1m fund to protect religious minorities, which was implemented in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks

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