Israeli dancers in Edinburgh to defy boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Almost a year to the day after anti-Israel protesters disrupted an Israeli orchestra at the Proms, hopes are that activists will not blight an Edinburgh display by an Israeli dance troupe.

The world-famous Batsheva Dance Company will be in the Scottish city to perform Hora, choreographed by artistic director Ohad Naharin, for three shows from Thursday evening onward.


Israeli story wins at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — despite having no experience in the genre.


Israel boycotters turn attention to Edinburgh culture meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have revealed plans to disrupt a meeting of international politicians due to discuss culture in Edinburgh this week.

The first International Culture Summit will be held in the Scottish capital on Monday and Tuesday, bringing together culture ministers from Olympic nation as well as scores of other figures from the arts world.


Israeli dancers face Edinburgh festival disruption

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

Campaigners are planning disruption at the Edinburgh International Festival of performances by Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.


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.


My Church’s actions are shameful

By Ruth Gledhill, July 12, 2012

Once again the actions of my Church over Israel have reduced me to shame.

I agree that Palestinians need justice and support a two-state solution. And I share the frustrations of many that both these objectives seem as remote as ever.


Israeli 'impotence cure' now used in Scotland

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2012

A revolutionary electric shock treatment developed by Israeli scientists to cure impotent men is available for the first time in the UK.

Edinburgh's private Spire Murrayfield Hospital is taking the medical breakthrough very seriously. It is the first UK hospital to offer the experimental treatment, which uses 300 low-intensity shockwaves to stimulate penile blood flow.


Occupy protester in Edinburgh arrested over menorah's destruction

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2012

A 25-year-old man connected to the Occupy Edinburgh movement has been charged with destroying Scotland's biggest chanuciah in an alleged antisemitic attack.

He appeared in court last week facing one charge of vandalism aggravated by hate, but was released by the Procurator Fiscal pending further police inquiries.

But members of Edinburgh's Jewish community have spoken in his defence, claimin


Antisemitic blogger escapes prison term

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A London blogger who wrote that Jews must be "attacked wherever you see them" on the Scotsman newspaper's website has escaped jail, after pleading guilty to posting the comments.

Mohammed Sandia from Wembley said Jews were a "genetically mutated inbred tribe. Jews are not fit to breathe our air and should be attacked wherever we see them.


Giant menorah wrecked and rebuilt - just in time

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Volunteers rebuilt a 15ft menorah in less than six hours after vandals destroyed Scotland's biggest public chanuciah in an antisemitic attack.

Edinburgh Chabad constructed and installed the new menorah in time for Tuesday night's first candle-lighting - describing the feat as a modern-day Chanucah miracle.

The original menorah - erected in the city's St Andrew's Square - was found destroyed