GLASGOW NEWS
Salmond's promise to community

RAISING CONCERNS: From left, Glasgow Jewish Representative Council immediate past president Edward Isaacs, SCoJeC public affairs officer Nicola Livingston, First Minister Alex Salmond and Rep Council president Paul Morron discuss antisemitism in Scotland

BY SHARON MAIL

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has promised that antisemitism will not be tolerated in Scotland.

The guarantee was made to concerned representatives of the Jewish community.

Mr Salmond said: "I will ensure that the full force of the law is brought down on the perpetrators of any antisemitic incidents in Scotland.

"Anything that can be done will be done and, to that end, I will have a direct word with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and the Lord Advocate."

Mr Salmond met Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron, immediate past president Edward Isaacs and executive member and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities public affairs officer Nicola Livingston.

He told them: "We recognise the significant contribution that the Jewish community has made and continues to make to Scottish society.

"The Jewish community forms part of the fabric of the tartan of that society."

The meeting at the Hilton Hotel was arranged at the request of Mr Morron, who said: "Because of the rising incidents of antisemitism in the Glasgow area, I believed that it was important for a public statement of reassurance to be made direct to the Jewish community in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

"I would describe the meeting as being useful and positive.

"We also raised our concerns about the withdrawal of sponsorship and venues for three Israeli events this year in Edinburgh - at the Stills Gallery and the Edinburgh Fringe. We did point out that we felt this was an infringement of the cultural and democratic freedoms of the Jewish community and the wider Scottish population.

"Given how busy the First Minister was, with the Referendum just weeks away, I did express our appreciation of him making the time to see us."

Earlier this week, Mr Morron and Rep Council secretary Frank Angell also met Glasgow City Council leader Councillor Gordon Matheson.

Mr Morron said: "We followed up issues previously discussed when we first met, the day before the Palestinian flag was flown over the City Chambers. We gave him an update and quite a discussion followed.

"An outcome was that he offered to talk to the Jewish community.

"I invited him to attend next week's Rep Council board meeting, to which other guests from the community will be invited."


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