Antisemitism prompts Scottish Jews to consider leaving the country

By Josh Jackman, May 23, 2015

Scottish Jews experienced almost as many antisemitic incidents in one month last year as in the whole of 2013, prompting some to consider leaving the country.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) put the spike down to the conflict in Gaza last summer, reporting that it led to “unprecedented expressions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and alienation.”


Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.