Scotland

  • Scottish Church says Jews have no claim to Holy Land

    (JTA) — Scottish Jews said they were “outraged” by a recent Church of Scotland paper which denies Jews any special claim to the land of Israel. The report entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham” rejects “claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory” and says that “reconciliation can only… More ▸

  • British Jewish Groups Join Rally in Scotland Before G-8 Meeting

    Jewish participants in the huge rallies that preceded the G-8 summit hope their presence will highlight the Jewish community’s involvement in wider social issues. “This is such an important statement for the Jewish community to make as a whole, liberal and Orthodox,” said marcher Anne Clark, from London’s Wimbledon Reform Synagogue. “Jewish values reach outside… More ▸

  • Israeli-plo ‘dialogue for Peace’ Splits Glasgow’s Jewish Community

    A public meeting between an Israeli Knesset member and an official of the Palestine Liberation Organization has split the Jewish community here. The exchange took place last Thursday, when Dedi Zucker of the dovish Citizens Rights Movement spoke with Karma Nabulsi, introduced as second in charge at the PLO’s London office. The meeting, organized by… More ▸

  • Next Plo-israeli Contacts May Take Place in Scotland

    The Jewish Echo The local Peace Now group here is organizing the latest in an international series of dialogues on the Middle East peace process to include both Israeli Knesset members and representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization. In a letter to The Jewish Echo, to be published in its Friday edition, the Glasgow Friends… More ▸

  • Britain Zeroes in on Alleged Nazi Living in Scotland

    Britain may send officials to the Soviet Union to examine claims that a Lithuanian living in Scotland murdered more Jews in World War II than Klaus Barbie, recently sentenced to life imprisonment by a French court for crimes against humanity. Officials conceded this was a possibility after receiving documents from the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal… More ▸

  • Jewish Lawyer Appointed Secretary of State for Scotland

    Malcolm Rifkind, a 39-year-old lawyer, has been appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, making him the youngest person in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet and its fifth Jewish-born member. Born and educated in Scotland, he was for the past three years a Minister of State at the Foreign Office in charge of European and East-West… More ▸

  • Church of Scotland Joins Jewish Group in Condemning Anti-semitism

    The Church of Scotland has joined the Jewish Representative Council of Glasgow in a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism and an acknowledgement that the Christian church has been guilty over the centuries of fostering anti-Semitic attitudes. The joint statement issued here also affirmed the place of Zion in Jewish theology as an expression of the fulfilment… More ▸

  • Glasgow University to Have Chairs in Israeli Studies and Hebrew Language

    The University of Glasgow has accepted an offer by the Israel Government to support two new academic posts, one in Israeli studies and the other in the Hebrew language and literature. The posts will be financed by the Israel Government and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture for a period of three years with an… More ▸