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


Copenhagen: condolences, solidarity, anger,
and determination

17 February 2015

SCoJeC Director, Ephraim Borowski, was interviewed on Good Morning Scotland about the recent terrorist murders in Copenhagen. Expressing "condolences, solidarity, a degree of anger, and determination that Jewish life in Europe will carry on", he welcomed the outspoken policy of Scottish authorities to show zero tolerance for hate crime in general and antisemitism in particular. However, he also pointed out that some politicians seem reluctant to see the huge spike in antisemitic incidents last summer for what it was, with a Members' Motion in the Scottish Parliament expressing concern only being supported by 12 MSPs, although a more recent motion tabled by John Mason after the Paris attacks has received 37 signatures. Ephraim said that what the recent attacks had shown is that this is not a theoretical question, and called on all Scottish politicians to be clearer in their condemnation of antisemitism here in Scotland, but at the same time he emphasised the resilience of the Scottish Community, saying "If the Community changes it's way of life, then the terrorists will have won."

Click here to listen to the interview.



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