Scotland

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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MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.

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Glasgow: Hopes are high despite declining population

By Barry Toberman, September 24, 2015

Cosgrove Care, supporting those with learning disability and mental health issues, is one of a variety of organisations providing welfare, social and cultural activities for the Glasgow Jewish community.

But only around 30 of its 120 clients are Jewish. "We suffer from a reduced community," admits the charity's treasurer, Paul Shafar. "We could not operate just serving Jewish clients."

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Scottish MP Paul Monaghan apologises over antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2015

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A Scottish National Party MP has apologised for posting an antisemitic tweet relating to Israel’s military action in Gaza.

Paul Monaghan used the social media site to accuse the “proud Jewish race” of “persecuting the people of Gaza”.

After the JC questioned his remarks on Wednesday he deleted them from his account and apologised.

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Nicola Sturgeon tells Scottish Jews: 'one instance of antisemitism is one too many'

By Barry Toberman, September 1, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has recognised the fears of the Jewish community over rising antisemitism, telling a meeting at Glasgow's Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue complex that one instance of antisemitism was one too many.

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Scottish police launch campaign against hate

By Josh Jackman, August 17, 2015

Police Scotland has launched a campaign to combat rising antisemitism in the country.

A police spokesperson said that the campaign, entitled “Scotland: No place for prejudice,” would seek to “encourage more people to come forward and speak out and report hate crimes.”

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Scottish government investigates Nazi-loot claim

By Charlotte Oliver, August 17, 2015

The Scottish government has opened an inquiry to find out whether a chandelier hanging in the first minister’s official residence was looted by the Nazis.

According to official records, the chandelier, which hangs in the drawing room of Bute House in Edinburgh, was found abandoned in a street in northern Germany in 1945 by English decorator Felix Harbord.

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