SCoJeC joined the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group Against
Antisemitism to provide a briefing for Scottish MPs on the nature and extent of antisemitism in Scotland, the effect it has on the safety and well-being of Jewish people in Scotland, and why most of the respondents to our recent What’s changed about being Jewish in Scotland inquiry told us that their feelings of security and confidence to go about their daily lives had been shaken.
The meeting, which was attended by more than 15 SNP MPs as well as some of their staff, was also addressed by the Community Security Trust, and the Holocaust Educational Trust. Following introductory briefings about the size, location, and nature of the Jewish Community in Scotland, and the concerns about antisemitism expressed by members of the Community, the meeting also discussed the impact of events in the Middle East on the Jewish community, and in particular, the recent unprecedented spike in antisemitic activity, and the responsibility of politicians to avoid language that can inflame the situation.
SCoJeC was represented by Paul Morron, President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, and an ex officio member of the SCoJeC Executive, who commented: “This was an important meeting which was conducted in a particularly positive atmosphere with a high level of engagement from the MPs."
Commenting after the meeting, Danny Stone, Director of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism Foundation, said, “This was a very good event and there was a phenomenal turn out from SNP MPs to be briefed about modern manifestations of antisemitism, key policy concerns, and the state of antisemitism in Scotland.”