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

 

Party Leaders release videos
supporting Jewish Manifesto

 
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4 May 2021

Party Leaders release videos supporting Jewish Manifesto

Party Leaders release videos supporting Jewish Manifesto

Party Leaders release videos supporting Jewish Manifesto

Party Leaders release videos supporting Jewish Manifesto

 

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endorse the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland

Party leaders have welcomed the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland and its 'Ten Commitments' ahead of Holyrood elections this Thursday.

The Jewish Manifesto for Scotland has been produced by SCoJeC in partnership with the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Jewish Leadership Council, and covers issues such as countering antisemitism, education, relations with Israel, and the COP26 environmental summit.

The Ten Commitments include pledges on implementing the internationally accepted definition of antisemitism in policy and practice, provision of faith-sensitive public services, opposing boycotts of Israel, and ensuring that young people understand the diverse society they live in.

The Jewish Manifesto for Scotland 2021

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Jewish Manifesto for Scotland

First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to endorse the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. I commit to doing whatever I can to make sure the Jewish the Jewish community in Scotland will always feel welcome and valued."

Scottish Conservative Party Leader Douglas Ross said: "I want to wholeheartedly welcome the manifesto. We are totally committed to standing up for the rights of Scotland's Jewish community. The Scottish Conservatives support the Ten Commitments outlined in this Manifesto."

Scottish Labour Party Leader Anas Sarwar said: "This is an important and significant document, and I am happy to show Scottish Labour's support for the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. I have always appreciated my close collaboration with Scotland's Jewish Community in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms."

Scottish Liberal Democrats Leader William Rennie said: "The Scottish Liberal Democrats endorse the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. We stand side by side with the community, to ensure these commitments are advanced in the next five years of the Scottish Parliament."

Commenting on the Party Leaders' statements, a spokesperson for SCoJeC, the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Board of Deputies, and the JLC said: "We welcome this cross-party support for our Jewish manifesto for Scotland. The Jewish community of Scotland is proud to work collaboratively with all political parties, and with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, and other representatives and public bodies. We work to ensure that the voices of Jewish people in Scotland are heard, and that their needs and concerns are understood and addressed. We look forward to engaging and working with the new Scottish Parliament and Government to implement these proposals, from fighting antisemitism and discrimination, to supporting freedom of belief and Jewish education."

 
THE 10 COMMITMENTS
 

We ask policy makers to:

 
  1.

Promote and enhance community safety, by working closely with minority communities to oppose all forms of prejudice, hatred and discrimination; supporting initiatives that foster resilience; and funding appropriate security measures.

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  2.

Combat antisemitism in all its forms, wherever it appears. Adopt, promote and implement the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.

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  3.

Promote good relations, understanding and cooperation between all of Scotland’s communities, and support interfaith and inter-communal activities and initiatives that promote working together to achieve community cohesion.

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  4.

Support efforts to remember, educate on, and understand the Holocaust, to confront those who seek to deny or downplay it, and to strive to prevent any further genocide.

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  5.

Promote initiatives that unite communities; act responsibly when making statements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; oppose boycotts and support a two-state solution that affirms Israel’s right to peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state.

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  6.

Promote respect for religious observance, including Kosher and Halal meat, religious clothing, circumcision, and flexible working to accommodate Shabbat and holy day observance.

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  7.

Ensure that all public services are fully equipped to provide appropriate support for people of different backgrounds, including the provision of religiously and culturally specific services, protect schools of religious character or ethos, and support heritage and cultural institutions.

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  8.

Recognise that not all communities equate to geographical neighbourhoods, and that localism can therefore discriminate against minority communities; and promote measures that foster support for communities through a combination of national and local networks and initiatives.

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  9.

Assist young people to appreciate the diversity of Scottish society through accurate, accessible, and age-appropriate materials about diverse faiths and cultures and to enable them to express their identity in their own terms and to understand and report discrimination.

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  10.

Support and include faith communities in relation to welcoming refugees, addressing poverty and other social ills, tackling climate change and ensuring a strong legacy following the Glasgow-hosted COP26.

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