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University to act after Israeli diplomat 'mob riot'

February 10, 2011

A university has pledged to take action after the Israeli Foreign Ministry's most senior Muslim diplomat faced a student mob which shouted him down and called him a Nazi.

Ishmael Khaldi had to be surrounded by security guards as he began to speak at Edinburgh University last week.

Protesters marched towards him screaming "Viva, Viva Palestina" and "boycott Israel" as they unfurled Palestinian flags.

At one stage the mic was ripped from his lectern and a demonstrator shouted: "We don't discuss with the Ku Klux Klan, why should we discuss with this thug?"

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Edinburgh welcomes archive

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

The archives of a Hungarian survivor who became a prominent member of the Scottish community have been donated to Edinburgh City Libraries.

Ernest Levy's substantial collection contains manuscripts, pictures, sheet music, recordings and memoirs. Efforts have begun to secure a location and digitise the archive so it can be made available to the public.

Liz McGettigan, head of Edinburgh Council's Libraries and Information Services, was a friend of Mr Levy, who died in 2009, aged 84.

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Alex Salmond lauds 'extraordinary' Scots ceremony

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was a speaker at what he termed an "extraordinary" HMD ceremony at Craigroyston Community High School, north Edinburgh.

Mr Salmond was among the 250 people who heard Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp tell the story of his remarkable escape from the Nazis. Then a baby, he was delivered in a suitcase to a German couple near Arnhem, in Holland. They risked their lives to shelter him and another Jewish child until the liberation in 1945.

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Anti-Israel protesters clash with Israel's top Bedouin diplomat

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2011

University security officers were called to protect the most senior Muslim in the Israeli Foreign Ministry when pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted his appearance at a British campus.

Diplomat Ismail Khaldi, a Galilee Bedouin, had just started to speak at Edinburgh University on Wednesday evening when demonstrators began chanting and surrounded him.

The university’s International Relations Society had earlier pulled out of the event, saying the invitation to Mr Khaldi was “unjust to the Palestinian people who live under an apartheid regime”.

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Scotland: we must fight hate too

By Stephanie Brickman, December 23, 2010

Ken Macintosh, Labour MSP for Eastwood, a constituency in Glasgow with a sizeable Jewish community, has criticised the Scottish Parliament for taking a passive stance on antisemitism.

In particular, Mr Macintosh said he was concerned that there was no Scottish representation on the cross-government working group on antisemitism.

He said: "I would like to see us represented on the group, or at the very least to comment on its findings. It's a national initiative, so why don't we participate?"

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Shipman bill could lead to burial delays

By Stephanie Brickman, December 21, 2010

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has asked the Scottish Parliament to make adjustments to a bill that could lead to distressing delays to burials.

The Certification of Death Bill is intended to tighten up existing procedures to ensure that crimes like those of Harold Shipman, the GP who murdered 15 elderly patients, are spotted sooner.

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Guilty plea to racist hate on Scotsman site

By Stephanie Brickman, November 11, 2010

A man has appeared for sentencing at Edinburgh's Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to posting antisemitic comments on the website of the Scotsman newspaper.

Mohammed Sandia, 45, who lives in Wembley, north west London, and draws incapacity benefit, posted comments referring to Jews as a "genetically mutated inbred tribe. Jews are not fit to breathe our air and should be attacked wherever we see them."

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Scotsman hate case man pleads guilty

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to distributing threatening and insulting antisemitic material through the website of The Scotsman newspaper.

Mohammed Sandia, 45, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Michael O'Grady called for a community service report before sentencing next month. Mr Sandia was released on bail.

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BAE Systems stall row in Edinburgh University

By Stephanie Brickman, October 14, 2010

A group of student demonstrators failed to shut down a careers fair at Edinburgh University last week. The group of 12 assembled in front of a stall run by BAE Systems, a company that develops defence and security systems and employs 100,000 people.

The group, calling themselves Students for Justice in Palestine, yelled slogans including "Israel kills, BAE sells", before pretending to be dead in front of the stall. Police were called and the group was dispersed peacefully.

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Young Scots make movie

September 29, 2010

In association with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the new Young Scot project is to produce an educational film about Jewish life and tradition.

A core group of 16-25-year-olds met in Edinburgh to discuss the venture. The plan is to use focus groups and questionnaires to gauge the perception of Judaism among young Scottish non-Jews and produce a film for schools and youth groups which delivers a positive message.

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