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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

Standing Up to Racism

17 March 2019
 

A message of support from SCoJeC was read out at the Scottish "Stand Up to Racism" rally in Glasgow on Saturday 16 March, when there were rallies against racism in the UK, Europe, America, and throughout the world as part of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This year's rally took place the day after the horrific murder of worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand, which is an appalling reminder of where hatred and xenophobia can lead. At a time when the extreme right is again on the rise throughout the world, SCoJeC welcomes the opportunity to join many other organisations and individuals from across Scotland to support those who work to tackle racism in all its guises. We welcome the recognition by speakers at the rally that antisemitism is anti-Jewish racism pure and simple, not something different and excusable, and we join with them to oppose prejudice and violence against all minority groups, to support all victims of racism, and to seek to create unity in place of division.

SCoJeC was unable to join the rally as it falls on Shabbat, but we sent the following statement:

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) and Glasgow Jewish Representative Council are pleased to join those who support the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We endorse the aspiration of this UN designated day to eliminate all forms of hatred and discrimination.

We share the concerns of all reasonable people about the increasing levels of racist and xenophobic rhetoric, in politics, society and online - and the consequent normalisation of such dangerous language. We are particularly concerned by assaults on the integrity of minority communities, including on their right to determine their own identity.

We continue to be concerned by the growing trend of recorded antisemitic incidents as well as other forms of hate crimes across the UK, and hope to continue working with minority communities to ensure that antisemitism along with other forms of racism and religious hatred are understood and addressed, to ensure a united, inclusive and diverse society.

We believe that it is absolutely crucial that minority communities are allowed a platform to share their own experiences, fears and concerns without fear of retribution - and for us to work together to address those.

We trust that individuals and organisations supporting this rally would endorse this principle, and we reiterate our support for all those working for the elimination of all forms of racial and religious hatred.

 

   
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