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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Welcome for Scots' no vote

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A leader of Scotland's Jewish community has broadly welcomed the vote against independence.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said Jews would "generally be relieved. We said before the vote that the majority of the community was going to vote for the status quo.


Glasgow leader says Anglo-Jewry needs its own Scotland-style debate

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The referendum on Scottish independence shined a light on failures in British Jewry’s communal structure, a leading figure in Glasgow has claimed.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said the likely debate over constitutional changes in Britain should be mirrored by a period of reflection from within the Jewish community.


Scottish Jewish leader says it’s business as usual after no vote on independence

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

A leader of Scotland’s Jewish community has said the result of the independence referendum will not have a huge impact on life for Jews in the country.

Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent against becoming an independent country in yesterday’s vote.


Scottish Israel support group set up

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

An action group has been formed for grassroots activists in Scotland who want to support Israel.

Scottish Israel will work as an umbrella organisation to help sub-committees deal with media relations, lobbying, rallies and educational events.