Scottish councillor accused over 'Nazi salute'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

A local councillor who allegedly made a Nazi salute and shouted “sieg heil” at a heated council meeting is to face a disciplinary hearing.

Robert Spears, who sits as part of an independent group on Falkirk council in Scotland, is said to have made the Nazi gesture last May during a debate on the way the council makes decisions.


Shul prayers for Glasgow helicopter crash victims

By Adam Henderson, December 5, 2013

Jews in Glasgow held a memorial service on Sunday in remembrance of the victims of the Clutha bar helicopter crash.

Nine people died and dozens were injured when a police helicopter crashed into the crowded city-centre pub on Friday night.

The service, organised by Scotland’s senior rabbi, Moshe Rubin, at Giffnock Synagogue, was attended by 40 people.


Scottish teacher accused over Hitler comments

By Charlotte Oliver, October 25, 2013

A teacher at a private school in Scotland who allegedly made antisemitic comments during one of his classes will have a disciplinary hearing next week, according to the Herald Scotland.

Religious education teacher David McNally reportedly told students at Kilwinning Academy in Ayrshire: "Hitler was not all bad - he killed the Jews.”


Relaxed Scots have few fears over independence

By Adam Henderson, October 16, 2013

In less than a year, on September 18 2014, Scotland will hold a referendum to decide if it should remain in the United Kingdom.

According to a poll published this week, 25 per cent of Scots intend to vote yes, and 31 per cent are undecided.


Anti-Israel councillor boycotts local resident

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2013

A Scottish councillor told a resident he would not discuss an anti-Israel policy with her because she was an “acolyte and apologist” for a “rogue state”.

Archie Drummond, who sits on Clackmannanshire Council, in central Scotland, was responding to Danielle Bett, who wrote to him about the council’s stance comparing Israel with apartheid South Africa.


Concern over hate attacks on Muslims

By Marcus Dysch and Hannah Pupkewitz , July 26, 2013

Scottish Jews say they are “deeply concerned” by the rising number of hate crimes against Muslims.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities issued a statement of solidarity following the increase in attacks since Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich.


Attacks on Scottish Jews rise

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Jews in Scotland are more likely to be attacked because of their faith than Muslims or Christians, a report has revealed.

Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 27 criminal charges relating to attacks on Jewish people between April 2012 and March this year. The figure compares to 14 charges in the previous 12 months.


Scottish Jews condemn the Church of Scotland

By JCReporter, May 24, 2013

Scottish Jews have condemned the Church of Scotlands decision to approve a controversial report on Israel, calling it “an unacceptable attack on Judaism.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities said the Church had provided a veneer of theological respectability for what is effectively a call for the destruction of the state of Israel.


Church acts to ease fears over Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

A rewritten version of a controversial report about Israel was due to be voted on by Church of Scotland leaders this week.

Phrases questioning Jewish claims to the land of Israel were removed from the document, compiled by the Church’s church and society council, following complaints from Jewish communal organisations.


Church agrees to tone down anti-Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

A “truly hurtful” report about Israel is to be rewritten in an attempt to diffuse a row between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community.

The discussion document compiled by the Church’s church and society council provoked outrage after apparently suggesting that Jewish claims to the land of Israel could be invalidated by the treatment of Palestinians.