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March 23, 2012 12:55 pm

Israelis in Scotland Pretend to be French or Turkish

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Eilean Donan in Scotland. Photo: wiki commons.

Scottish Jews regularly “hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack” according to a survey carried out by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC). Israelis in Scotland reportedly pretend “to be French or Turkish to ‘avoid uncomfortable situations’.”

Some of the negative experiences include being “forced to eat non-kosher food during a hospital stay or singing a Christian hymn in a school choir”. Other disturbing behavior includes being subject to derogatory language such as “you Jew” in school, negative teachers attitudes when getting children exempted from Christian activities  and “anti-Israel sentiment” at university campuses.

SCoJeC’s interim report concluded that most non-Jews did not understand Jewish issues and local communities were being depleted by immigration to Israel and London.

Community members want ” better kosher food provision, wider Jewish education and more social activities outside Glasgow, the country’s largest Jewish community.”

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