Scotland

Husband fined in Scotland for calling his wife a 'greedy little Jewish princess'

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A man from Scotland was fined £1,000 on Wednesday for calling his wife a “greedy little Jewish princess” in a deluded drunk-dial outburst on Christmas Eve last year.

Mark Symington, an investment broker, told his wife: “You’re just a silly little gold-digger [with] a few fur coats,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.

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Kosher deli owner sparks kashrut row in Glasgow

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2012

The Lubavitch owner of a kosher deli has caused a stir in Glasgow by choosing to supervise it himself rather than come under the umbrella of the local kashrut authority.

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs took over Hello Deli in August, announcing that it was under the “strict” supervision of himself and his wife Tzirl.

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Scotland's new report on being Jewish

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

A major report into Jews living in Scotland, from cities to the Highlands, has found many concerned about anti-Zionism and antisemitism and a hunger for more Jewish contact from those who live far from established communities.

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Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

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Why did they leave?

By Stephanie Brickman, December 15, 2011

A Scottish Goverment-funded survey examining the experience of Scotland's Jews was launched this week.

Being Jewish in Scotland is the brainchild of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. It is being led by project officer Fiona Frank, who explained that it would focus "on people's stories and reflections on what's good, and not so good, about being Jewish in Scotland".

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Braveheart receives his reward

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

A Glasgow Reform leader who saved a woman from drowning in freezing water has been presented with a Brave@Heart award by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Castle.

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St Andrews student sentenced for anti-Jewish abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A student who racially abused a Jewish student at St Andrews University has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Paul Donnachie was convicted of racially abusing Chanan Reitblat at his halls of residence in March, when he put his hands down his trousers and rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on an Israeli flag.

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Scottish academics quit UCU for 'feeding' antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Four Scottish academics have quit the University and College Union in protest against its decision to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

Ephraim Borowski, the former president of the UCU-predecessor, the Glasgow Association of University Teachers, was joined by three other longtime members in leaving.

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Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f

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Dundee waters down Lib Dem 'apartheid Israel' resolution

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

Councillors in Dundee have rejected a Liberal Democrat resolution which compared Israel to apartheid South Africa.

Labour and Scottish National Party councillors voted for a watered-down amendment instead of the forthright condemnation proposed by Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Fraser Macpherson at Monday's meeting of the council's policy and resources committee.

It agreed to "note with concer

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