Scotland

Scottish minister’s pledge

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Scotland’s Education Secretary has pledged to do more to protect Jewish students on university campuses in the country.

Mike Russell, who holds the education portfolio in First Minister Alex Salmond’s cabinet, told a Jewish community delegation that there was no place for intimidation at universities.

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Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge head teacher stands down

By Anna Sheinman, February 22, 2013

Just three months after the resignation of the chair of the Parent Council of Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge, the head teacher of Scotland’s only Jewish school has also handed in her notice.

The announcement that Vanessa Thomson is leaving comes soon after the conclusion of a prolonged and heated disagreement over the denominational status of the school.

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University students quit after ‘toxic’ antisemitism in Edinburgh

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair, it was claimed this week.

Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials.

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Police detain Gaza Scottish Parliament protesters

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2012

A group of student protesters who mounted the roof of the Scottish Parliament to demonstrate against Israel have been removed by police.

The 10 activists were aiming to draw attention to the government's "weak" approach to the situation in Gaza by demonstrating during the First Minister's Questions.

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Gaza activists attempt to 'occupy' roof of Scottish Parliament

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2012

A group of student protesters are attempting to climb on to the roof of the Scottish Parliament to demonstrate against Israel.

The 13 activists are aiming to draw attention to the government's "weak" approach to the situation in Gaza.

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Scottish school row finally claims Tony Tankel’s scalp

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

The chair of the parent council of Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge has resigned after a prolonged spat over the status of Scotland’s only Jewish school.

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The Israeli ambassador's Glasgow breakfast

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub attended a breakfast with members of the Glasgow Jewish community last Thursday.

Stanley Lovatt, Israel’s honorary consul in Scotland, organised a breakfast with 80 guests on Thursday morning at the Glasgow Hilton hotel.

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Israeli ambassador meets Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond met the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, last week in Edinburgh on the ambassador’s first diplomatic trip to Scotland.

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Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.

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Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”

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