‘Jews mull leav­ing Scot­land’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

JEWS IN Scot­land are con­sid­er­ing leav­ing the coun­try over an­tisemitism ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­nity leader.

Ephraim Borowski, di­rec­tor of the Scot­tish Coun­cil of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties (SCoJeC) said that Jews liv­ing in Scot­land felt “alien­ated, vulnerable and not at home”.

The Her­ald on Sun­day re­vealed Mr Borowski made the com­ments last year dur­ing a ap­pear­ance be­fore Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s cross party group on free­dom of re­li­gion or be­lief.

Al­though the meet­ing took place in Fe­bru­ary 2018, the con­tents of the dis­cus­sion were not re­ported at the time.

Speak­ing to the cross party group Mr Borowski said: “The gen­eral mes­sage is not that it is ter­ri­ble be­ing Jewish in Scot­land. But in re­cent years there has been a very wor­ry­ing in­crease in the level of an­tisemitism in the coun­try, with the re­sult that many Jewish peo­ple re­port they are ac­tively con­sid­er­ing em­i­grat­ing.”

Mark Gard­ner, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust, said: “This is an ac­cu­rate sum­mary of the fact that de­spite the many pos­i­tives of Scot­tish Jewish life, many Jews are still con­sid­er­ably more ner­vous about the state of an­tisemitism, pol­i­tics and so­ci­ety than was the case 10 or 20 years ago.”

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