Scotland

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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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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