Shame on them....Time and energy

The Jewish Chronicle leader column, October 26 2018

October 26, 2018 10:49

Shame on Them

You might well think that the Scottish Law Society would side with those who fight racism rather than those who promote it. You would be wrong. The fine imposed on solicitor Matthew Berlow — and the demand that he attends diversity training — for describing the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) as “scummy racists, bullies and cowards” disgraces the Scottish Law Society. Like all BDS activists, the SPSC singles out Israelis and Israel’s supporters for unique pariah status to be boycotted; it is indeed a racist organisation. And it uses bullying to push its demands; for years it has led a campaign of intimidation against Jericho Skin Care, its Israeli owner, and its customers. Mick Napier, the SPSC chair, has a criminal record after his conviction for aggravated trespass and failing to follow police orders, and a fellow SPSC member, Jim Watson, has also been convicted of ignoring the police. The Scottish Law Society has shown that in the fight against racism, it sides with the racists. Mr Berlow is seeking to raise £4,000 to cover both the original fine and his planned appeal. He has set up a page, which should be supported.

Time and Energy

lf has a certain reputation as middle aged and middle class. But Dyrham Park president Jeremy Curtis has come up with a wonderful way of showing how undeserved that is, offering coaching to teenagers supported by special needs charity Kisharon. As Mr Curtis says, “This isn’t about raising money —it is about giving time and energy.” That is a mantra that we could all surely follow.

October 26, 2018 10:49

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive