Scotland

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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Scottish political leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2015

Scottish political leaders have rallied together to support the Jewish community after the rise in UK antisemitism and attacks against Jews in Europe.

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Scotland ponders the results of intolerance

By Adam Henderson, January 29, 2015

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a commemorative event in Ayr that "if we understand the very worst consequences of intolerance and prejudice, we are less likely to accept them in today's society.

"Remembering the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides, is an honour we owe to the victims.

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Israel - it's a Scottish issue now

By Robert Philpot, November 6, 2014

Within hours of the former Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, announcing her resignation, a cartoon began to circulate on Twitter attacking the frontrunner in the race to succeed her.

Halloween themed, it depicted a ghoulish-looking Jim Murphy wearing a badge simply stating "I love Israel".

Supporters of the shadow international development secretary know his opponents will "go with ever

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Bid to set up Holocaust study centre in Glasgow

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2014

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre is looking to set up a Holocaust study centre in Glasgow.

The group will apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund and appeal to the Scottish community for funds for the centre.

The move comes after the group completed a feasibility study, funded by a grant from the Scottish government.

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