Scots ask to meetSal­mond over hate rise

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYMARCUSDYSCHAND DANIEL EASTERMAN

A LEADER of Scot­land’s Jewish com­mu­nity has asked for an ur­gent meet­ing with the coun­try’s First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond to dis­cuss ris­ing lev­els of an­ti­semitism.

Paul Mor­ron, pres­i­dent of the Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil, said he had re­ceived hun­dreds of emails from Jews who were con­cerned at the sit­u­a­tion.

“The level of anx­i­ety is quite un­prece­dented. I con­sider the sit­u­a­tion suf­fi­ciently se­ri­ous to meet with Alex Sal­mond,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Coun­cil of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties (SCoJeC), around a dozen an­tisemitic in­ci­dents were recorded in the first week of Au­gust — al­most as many as in the whole of 2013 — in­clud­ing graf­fiti on syn­a­gogues and threat­en­ing mes­sages.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said a “dis­pro­por­tion­ate ob­ses­sion with Is­rael in Scot­tish pub­lic life” had led to Jews no longer feel­ing safe wear­ing kip­pot or Star of David jew­ellery.

It added: “A num­ber of peo­ple have said they no longer feel wel­come in Scot­land and are ac­tively con­sid­er­ing mov­ing to Is­rael.”

There was great con­cern over events or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign and over ac­tivist Yvonne Ri­d­ley, who pledged to make Scot­land a “Zion­ist-free zone”.

Deputy First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon was listed as a speaker at a Women for Gaza rally in Glas­gow due to take place to­mor­row.

Last Fri­day, Glas­gow City Coun­cil flew the Pales­tinian flag over the city cham­bers in sup­port of “the in­no­cent peo­ple who are be­ing hurt in Gaza”.

Mean­while, Is­raeli theatre group In­cu­ba­tor, whose per­for­mances at the Edinburgh Fringe Fes­ti­val were can­celled af­ter anti-Is­rael protests, are now due to ap­pear at venues in Glas­gow and Leeds and at JW3 in Lon­don .

PHOTO: MANUEL VACA

Thou­sands turned out in Buenos Aires last week­end to hear Daniel Baren­boim con­duct a Vi­valdi con­cert played by the West-Eastern Di­van Orches­tra to pro­mote peace be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans

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