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Scottish MP: Jewish Community Feels ‘Under Threat’

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Scottish MP Jackson Carlaw (center). Photo: Facebook.

Scottish MP Jackson Carlaw (center). Photo: Facebook.

The Scottish Jewish community feels “under threat,” Conservative member of Scottish Parliament Jackson Carlaw told Israel-advocacy group Stand With Us at a gathering in Glasgow on Sunday.

“It’s true that MSPs do commemorate the Holocaust,” said Carlaw, according to the UK’s Jewish Chronicle. “Sometimes I think some think they have ticked a box when they do that and are free the rest of the year to be deeply critical about Israel, and at times to allow that anti-Israel expression of view to cross into an antisemitic expression of view, and not see the difference between them.”

“I don’t want the future Jewish community to feel no longer welcome in Scotland or that they have to follow through on discussions about whether it is time for them to leave,” he said.

The Scottish MSP said he planned a motion for a members’ debate to discuss the Jewish community’s contribution to Scotland and Israel’s “place in the world.”

Last June, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called levels of antisemitism in Scotland “unacceptable” and vowed to engage with leaders from the Scottish Jewish community to address the issue.

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