Scotland

Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.

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Scots head for a yes vote despite fear over Israel

By Adam Henderson and Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

Scottish Jews are concerned that independence could lead to a rise in anti-Zionism but, for many, it will not stop them voting yes.

Scotland's 6,000-strong community has faced a summer of rising anti-Israel protest amid the Gaza conflict, with Glasgow and Edinburgh town halls flying the Palestinian flag and protesters boycotting stores stocking Israeli goods.

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UK protests curbed as Salmond promises to get tough on hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

Police have quelled protests outside a shop selling Israeli products after enforcing special measures to restore calm.

The Kedem store in central Manchester had been besieged by anti-Israel activists' demonstrations for the past five weeks.

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Glasgow Jews angry over council flying Palestinian flag

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Jews in Glasgow have expressed anger at the city council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag.

The council has raised the flag over the City Chambers today in what it calls a show of support “for the innocent people who are being hurt in Gaza”.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Mirvis goes down great with the Scots

By Adam Henderson, June 2, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis met a wide cross-section of Scottish Jewry on his first official visit to the country.

Rabbi Mirvis kicked-off the three-day programme with a lunch with Edinburgh students and delivered a speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly before travelling to Glasgow.

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Shalom Scotland - on the road with Israel's ambassador Daniel Taub

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

In the corner of a university classroom, Daniel Taub tucks into a shortbread biscuit, loosens his collar and removes his suit jacket.

Israel’s ambassador to Britain had just given an hour’s lecture to an international group of students in Edinburgh, and now he was taking a moment to relax before embarking on the next engagement.

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Why I want Scottish independence

By Frank Angell, May 3, 2014

In his column on March 14, Geoffrey Alderman said that, as a Jew, he knew how he would cast his vote if he had one in Scotland’s independence referendum — with the clear implication that he would be a No.

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Scot charity chief departs to save services

By Daniel Easterman, April 28, 2014

Jewish Care Scotland chairman George Hecht has pledged there will be no cuts to frontline services after the charity announced the "mutually agreed" departure of chief executive Suzanne Neville in order to balance the books.
"Our community is suffering at the moment," Mr Hecht said.

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Students hope interfaith event will ease St Andrews tensions

By Charlotte Oliver, April 10, 2014

Jewish students at a Scottish university who have been the target of anti-Israel protests hope a “groundbreaking” interfaith event will help to improve relations on campus.

More than 80 Jewish, Muslim and Christian students came together at St Andrews for a day of historical, political and religious discussion — themed under the title “Co-existence in the Middle East”.

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