Partager l'article ! Scotland and Jews: Scotland and Jews Eileen F. Toplansky Jewish-Scottish scholar David Daiches stated in his ...
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This rosy picture, however, has changed in the last few years as the Jewish community in Scotland has experienced a steep decline. Jewish graves at Glenduffhill Cemetery in Glasgow have been desecrated. And "slogans sprayed on walls around the cemetery and on the headstones themselves pledge support for Hamas...." In sheer numbers the antisemitic incidents in Scotland are relatively small but they are increasing.
An April 2010 report entitled "Scotland's Jews: Community and Political Challenges" by Kenneth Collins and Ephraim Borowski underscores the following:
In the 1950s, the Jewish Scottish community numbered 18,000 but has now shrunk to around 10,000.
Recently several districts in southwest Scotland have expanded the boycott on Israeli products, and are now barring stores from carrying English translations of Israeli books. Shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. After the raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza, the boycott included "a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council's jurisdiction." The Scottish city of Dundee also joined the West Dunbartonshire by distributing "posters...calling on some 150,000 residents to refrain from buying Israeli goods." Israeli products will also have a special mark placed on them to make them more identifiable. No other country's books are being boycotted.
As Giulio Meotti has written, "it is impossible to make an exhaustive list of the economic actions against Israel, with radical anti-Jewish venom spreading through the West" and as Caroline Glick has written, "what did [Israel ever] do to the Scots?"