Top Tory joins Glas­gow’s guest list

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

SCOT­TISH CON­SER­VA­TIVE Party leader Ruth David­son con­demned an­tiIs­rael boy­cotts as “fu­tile and wrong” dur­ing an open meet­ing or­gan­ised by Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil on Mon­day.

Mrs David­son, who at­tended with her deputy Jack­son Car­law, stressed her party’s sup­port for Is­rael and dealt with top­ics in­clud­ing an­tisemitism dur­ing an hour-long Q&A.

She is the lat­est ma­jor Scot­tish polit- ical fig­ure to ad­dress the Jewish com­mu­nity in re­cent months, fol­low­ing Ni­cola Stur­geon and Jim Mur­phy. Next up will be the Scot­tish Green Party’s Pa­trick Harvie.

Rep coun­cil pres­i­dent Paul Mor­ron said the meet­ings had been de­signed to foster closer ties af­ter “a bad out­break of an­tisemitism in Glas­gow on the back of the 2014 Is­rael-Gaza con­flict.

“It re­ally im­pacted on our com­mu­nity at quite a deep level,” Mr Mor­ron ex­plained. “Th­ese meet­ings have been SEE MORE STO­RIES/PHO­TOS very im­por­tant in in­di­cat­ing a vis­i­ble, pub­lic con­cern.

“And for the p o l i t i c i a n s , I think it’s given them a di­rect i n s i g h t i n t o where the com­mu­nity is at. I t hi nk t hey’ v e learned a great deal from it.”

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