Scotland

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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Around 1,600 sign petition to protect Israel youth lacrosse team at Scottish tournament

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Almost 1600 people have signed a petition calling on Edinburgh to guarantee the safety of teenage girls representing Israel at an international lacrosse tournament.

Edinburgh Friends of Israel launched the online petition following threats from the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign to disrupt the team’s appearances.

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Nicola Sturgeon says level of antisemitism in Scotland is 'unacceptable'

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to hold a series of public meetings with the country’s Jewish community to discuss concerns, including antisemitism.

In her first formal meeting with representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Ms Sturgeon said she found the level of Jew-hatred experienced in Scotland “unacceptable”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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