Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Occupy protester in Edinburgh arrested over menorah's destruction

    Edinburgh's new menorah
    Edinburgh's new menorah

    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, claiming they did not believe the destruction of the menorah was motivated by antisemitism.

    Edward Green, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation member, said he had been told the intention was to steal the aluminium pieces of the chanuciah and sell them for scrap. He said: "We have to be fair. If we felt this was genuinely antisemitic we would say so."

    The original menorah - erected in the city's St Andrew's Square - was found destroyed on the first night of Chanucah. Its broken pieces were recovered close to tents set up in the square by the Occupy protesters.

    Volunteers built a new 15ft chanuciah in time for the first candle lighting on December 20.

    Rabbi Pinny Weinman of Edinburgh Chabad said: "After the attack, a group of people from Occupy approached me, offering me as an apology, a candelabra.

    "They were very apologetic and told me how they had found and protected the pieces of the menorah. One of them told the police who had carried out the attack.

    "It's a possibility that it was just for scrap metal - that's our gut feeling. To say it was a hate crime there has to be some proof."

    Lothian and Border Police confirmed officers were continuing their investigations.

Uk News

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event

Daniel Sugarman

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Leaders

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush

The JC Leader

Friday, January 20, 2017

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
Education features

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club

Baroness Jan Royall

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
World

'Jews should pay for their own security' say Swiss

Daniel Sugarman

Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Jews should pay for their own security' say Swiss