Peace group has stall at conference

SCOTLAND'S Jewish community will have an official stall at next month's Scottish National Party conference to counter hostile anti-Israel views.

A new group, SNP Friends for Peace in the Middle East, has been allocated space at the nationalists' annual gathering after Peter Murrell, the SNP's chief executive, was lobbied by Professor Joe Goldblatt, who teaches at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University.

Goldblatt's group aims to engage with senior SNP figures - many of whom condemn Israel.

Its co-founder, Sammy Stein recently met with first minister Nicola Sturgeon and raised concerns that members of Scotland's Jewish community continue to be victimised because of their ethnicity.

SNP Friends of Palestine will also have a stall at the conference.

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