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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Scottish politicians unite in support of the Jewish community

Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

Cross-Party Solidarity with the 
Jewish Community

24 February 2015

Following the horrific antisemitic terrorist attacks on Jewish targets in Europe, the recent substantial rise in antisemitic incidentsrecorded by Police Scotland in the second half of last year, and the raising of the national terrorist threat level, all of which have contributed to unprecedented levels of anxiety and vulnerability in the Jewish community, the leaders of all the political parties in the Scottish Parliament, supported by other leading figures in Scottish public life, have taken the rare step of coming together to issue a joint statement of support and reassurance for the Jewish Community:

“As political leaders in Scotland, we join together to express sadness and concern about the recent antisemitic terrorist murders in Paris and Copenhagen, the rise in antisemitism across Europe that has been highlighted by several recent reports, and the raising of the security threat level in the UK.  We celebrate Scotland's traditionally positive relationship with its Jewish population but understand why events elsewhere can undermine their sense of security, belonging, and well-being, and come together unreservedly to condemn all manifestations of antisemitism in Scotland and to assert Scotland's warm desire that Jewish people living in Scotland should feel safe, completely at home, and a key part of the multicultural Scottish community.”

The Jewish Community welcomes this clear message to all parts of Scottish society alongside the excellent work being done by the Police to ensure the physical safety of the community and by the Procurator Fiscal service to bring the perpetrators of antisemitic hate crime to justice.

The statement was signed by:

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister and Leader of the SNP

Jim Murphy MP, Leader of Scottish Labour

Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party 

Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Partick Harvie MSP, Joint Leader of the Scottish Green Party

Kezia Dugdale MSP, Leader of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Group

and welcomed and supported by:

Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland 

David Mundell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland

Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Angus Robertson MP, Leader of the SNP in the House of Commons

The Scottish Trades Union Congress

The Church of Scotland

The Roman Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland

The Muslim Council of Scotland

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