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.