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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


"YES to freedom of expression;
NO to insults and hate"
30 September 2012

SCoJeC issued a statement in support of a rally organised by the Muslim Council of Scotland in Glasgow's George Square, under the banner "YES to freedom of expression; NO to insults and hate", which was also supported by other faith communities in Scotland.

The statement read:

The Jewish Community of Scotland shares the concerns of the Muslim community about the recently released film, "Innocence of Muslims". The clear purpose of this hoax was to stir up racial and religious hatred, and we therefore unequivocally deplore it, as we do any attempt to cause inter-communal tension.

We unreservedly dissociate ourselves from this message of hate, and express our solidarity with those who are the target of the warped views of whoever is responsible. Such provocations can only fuel distrust between communities and contribute to the conditions in which extremism of all types will thrive, and as ever it is the innocent majority who will suffer.

We have consistently declared our belief in a Scotland of many cultures, faiths, and traditions, and we reiterate our wholehearted support for all measures designed to marginalise and eliminate sectarianism and religious and ethnic hatred from our society.

Salah Beltagui, Chair of the MCS, welcomed the statement, saying:

"Your support for our rally in Glasgow confirms the inclusiveness of the theme of our rally and is very much appreciated. It is heartening to hear you reiterate the message of solidarity from your community.

"This film is a deliberate attempt to create hatred by spreading claims that create conflict between Muslims and other faiths. We see these accusations as both antisemitic and anti-Islam.

"I hope that we will continue to work together against those who try to attack our common values and try to create divisions and hatred."


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