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May 1, 2013 3:13 pm

Scottish University’s Jewish Society Holds Charity Ball Despite Anti-Israel Intimidation

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An event held by a Jewish society and fraternity at St. Andrews University in Scotland had to be moved to a new location after the original hotel backed out due to anti-Israel threats. Photo: Jim Bain via Wikimedia Commons.

A Scottish hotel canceled a planned annual charity ball by the Jewish Society and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, after receiving phone and email threats from radical anti-Israel groups, including the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC). Jewish students at the university, however, managed to hold the event at another location at the last minute.

The St. Andrews Golf Hotel received the threats from anti-Israel activists on the grounds that students were going to fundraise at the event for the Jewish National Fund and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. The activists also indicated plans to disrupt the event, and the hotel management, judging that it would not be able to guarantee the safety of anyone involved, backed out of the event.

“Despite the adverse circumstances of the venue pulling out the day before due to allegedly aggressive phone calls and emails from individuals supporting the SPSC, the [university’s] Jewish Society was able to secure an alternative venue,” said Joel Salmon, the president of the St. Andrews Jewish Society, according to the Jerusalem Post. “The St. Andrews Jewish Society will not cave in to intimidation or bullying. We will always protect our members and shall continue to provide events to enrich Jewish life in St Andrews,” he added. SPSC declined to comment.

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  • UkLikudnik

    As a former Jewish Student President at St Andrews, I can speak directly of the situation and Joel continues the trend of proud strong leadership from Jewish students in the university town.

    It is important from an overall perspective to realise the SPSC are a small minority, of the same handful of repetitive people in Scotland, never growing, never achieving anything besides disruption and the spotlight for pathetic behaviour, and of all things no ambition for a real peace or care for Israelis or even Palestinians.

    Go St Andrews and Scottish Jewish Students!

  • It is good to know that Joel Salmon and the other members of the St. Andrews Jewish Society have two pieces of male anatomy under their kilts…
    Compared to the 100% enuch membership of the SPSC.

  • jerry hersch

    An example
    or from the anti-Semitic Unity of Nobility

    And still Jewish tourists spend their money there and Jewish businessmen invest !!!?

  • jerry hersch

    Dancing in the ‘lion’s den’…Scotland is the heart of UK anti-Semitism.

    • jerry hersch

      Note:I did say anti-Semitism ..I did not say anti-Israel…They are that too..there is a strak of anti-Jewish thought that permeates this rightwing Calvinist “nation”..unlike anything seen in the Calvinists on this side of “the pond”.