Scottish Jews have spilled Their Blood for Scotland and it is Time For Their Voices to be Heard – The SNP Should Actively Encourage Jews to Get Involved in the Politics of Scotland. It is Their Home After all.



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Jewish Schoolchildren in Glasgow celebrating something




1 November 2016: SNP Deputy says Scotland can play a constructive role in Middle East as he leads official Israel visit

The SNP is to launch its first official trip to Israel as part of ambitious plans for Scotland to play a role in helping achieve peace in the Middle East. Angus Robertson will lead an official delegation to the region after saying he had been “encouraged to explore whether there is any way Scotland can offer help and assistance.” He added that both the Israeli Ambassador and the Palestinian envoy to the UK have welcomed his interest and added that small nations had already shown they could play a positive role, citing the example of the Oslo accords.

The SNP government is adopting an enlightened view of politics in the middle east which deserves praise. Scottish Jews should be encouraged to fully participate in the struggle for independence and  when achieved the development of an  independent Scotland free of any racist policies or activities.  Scotland has a proud record of welcoming immigrants of all nationalities. It is the only country in Europe that has never forced Jews to leave. The photograph below pictures soldiers at war in defence of their country (Scotland). Many never made it home and are buried in the fields of Flanders. There is one distinguishing factor linking these brave young men. They are all Jews.





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Scottish Jews: France 1917





Why Were the Voices of the Jews Not Heard In Scotland at the Time of the Referendum

The dearth of any Jewish contribution to the recent debate and subsequent referendum, over the future of Scotland gives cause for concern. Whilst not huge in number in Scotland the Jewish community is, (and has been for many centuries) an integral and important part of Scottish society and it is crucial they get involved in mainstream Scottish politics so that their voices can be heard in any debate. It might be a, “Friends of Israel” group could be set up within the SNP so that voices of moderation could be heard ensuring other sides of any adverse comment about the state of Israel could be made public.

The people of Scotland fully support the State of Israel and it’s right to exist, in peace with it’s neighbours. But Scotland also support the Palestinians and their right also to exist as a country, at peace with it’s neighbours. The problem for the Scottish public, (and I include Scottish Jews here) is the right wing government of Israel and it’s pursuit of policies directed against the Palestinians.

“Might is not right”. England imposed brutality on Scotland for many centuries before realizing that they needed to embrace the Scots not throttle them. Hence the unbroken 300 year old peace in the Island. Scotland will one day assert it’s right to be a free nation and will separate, but live in peace with England. There might be lessons for Israel and Palestine to learn from our experiences.

I identified the, Jewish Chronicle, ( as a likely source of Scottish comment and extracted a few relevant articles in support of my assertions. We need a debate now so that we will be able to make progress very soon. Time is never on the side of the righteous.



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Scottish Jews march with Palestine supporters for a just peace





Why I want Scottish Independence By Frank Angell

I am a Scottish Jew — and I am wholeheartedly voting Yes on September 18, and so are others of my acquaintance. Scotland’s strength is the diversity of the many cultures and faiths that thrive in our communities. Each culture brings with it values, ideas and innovations that enrich our arts, our language and our lives.

It is fewer than 200 years since Jews first came to Scotland in significant numbers. Since then, Jewish workers and entrepreneurs have helped to grow Scotland’s economy, while Jewish writers, artists and performers have contributed to our culture. Our community may be a relatively small one, but we have been shown every courtesy and respect by First Minister Alex Salmond and his team of ministers since they came to office in 2007.

Indeed, one of Mr Salmond’s early acts as First Minister was to visit Scotland’s only Jewish school at the start of Chanucah, and to meet representatives from the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. In 2009, the Jewish community was, rightly, included in the first meeting to take place between the Scottish government cabinet and faith group leaders in Scotland. And I was proud when the SNP government became the first administration in Scotland to directly fund visits by school children to Auschwitz-Birkenau, under the Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust — with an additional £500,000 funding announced just last year to secure the future of this vital project.

These are just some examples of the interaction that takes place between Jewish representatives and the Scottish government, with positive outcomes on virtually every occasion. I would hazard that it is a rather closer relationship with the leading ministers in Scotland than our fellow Jews south of the border enjoy with Westminster — and one which is replicated by other communities and interest groups in Scotland, whether that be other faiths, business organisations, trade unions, and so on.

I do not claim that Scotland is perfect, with no problems of intolerance or prejudice.But our history is at least unstained by anti-Jewish discrimination, rare among European nations, and our 14th century independence Declaration of Arbroath contains the statement: “There is neither weighing nor distinction of Jew and Greek, Scotsman or Englishman.”  These are ancient words, but they still seem a fine sentiment to usher in a new Scotland in the 21st century.

As we look forward to the referendum, there is a wave of optimism, and people across Scotland are realising that we now have a chance to make our country better for all who live here, and reshape the way we are regarded by the rest of the world. I want independence, and I also want the common ground across all the strands that make up our Scottish tartan to be the foundation for the new Scotland. I want Scotland to embrace the future as an independent country — and I believe that we will do so with conviction and tolerance.



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Scots head for a yes vote despite fear over Israel By Adam Henderson and Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

Many in the Scottish Jewish community will put aside concerns over a future Scottish government’s Middle East policy when the vote in next Thursday’s referendum. Scottish Jews are concerned that independence could lead to a rise in anti-Zionism but, for many, it will not stop them voting yes. Scotland’s 6,000-strong community has faced a summer of rising anti-Israel protest amid the Gaza conflict, with Glasgow and Edinburgh town halls flying the Palestinian flag and protesters boycotting stores stocking Israeli goods.

With the latest polling putting the yes and no camps at level pegging in the run-up to the vote on September 18, Jews are having to consider what effect independence could have on issues such as circumcision and kosher slaughter, and whether a new government would pursue a harder line on Israel. But Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, believes that whatever happens next Thursday, there will no reason for the community to panic. “We need to retain a sense of proportion in this. We mustn’t talk ourselves into a more serious position than we’re already in,” he warned.

“An independent Scottish government will have control over foreign policy and that may take a more anti-Israel view. This could increase pressure on the community. We have seen how quickly anti-Israel feeling can turn into anti-Semitism. “In the last 60 years Glasgow has not suffered this level of anti-Semitism so of course there is a major shock wave going through the community. But this did not happen in an independent Scotland – it happened within the union.”

Mr Morron said he was sure Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, who is leading the yes campaign, had the best interests of the Jewish community at heart. “He is the only political leader in Scotland at the moment who has been outspoken against anti-Semitism,” Mr Morron said. He called on the community to take a more proactive approach in tackling anti-Israel activity regardless of the result of the referendum. “I believe the Jewish community should not fear independence. This is our Scotland as much as it is anyone else’s Scotland and we need to have the confidence that we – along with out friends – can influence the agenda and bring our positive case for Israel to the wider community.”




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The Glasgow Jewish Lads Brigade




JM:  charity worker from Edinburgh.

Undecided on which way to vote when interviewed a year ago. With less than a week to go, she has decided to tick the yes box. She said: “I do prefer the devo-max option and I believe it’s quite interesting that Westminster and the media have offered us that at the last minute but I’ll won’t change my vote now. I think the Westminster politicians didn’t take the needs of the Scottish people seriously and they are panicking.” Ms Mundy said she was unsure a government in Edinburgh would follow a more anti-Israel policy, but pointed out that Scottish Jews “would have a closer connection to the politicians and that we could do something about it”. She acknowledged that many in the community were going to vote no. “The whole of the Edinburgh community is quite split on it,” she said.

Frank Angell: Is in favour of independence

Frank, a former Scottish National Party council nominee, said: “Scotland is not a racist country and I don’t see it becoming a racist country. Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy First Minister, confirmed in a letter to my MSP, Stewart Maxwell, that there will be no change in law on shechita and circumcision. “The anti-Israel feeling in Scotland does worry me but not as far as independence is concerned. It hasn’t been any better in England and although the Scottish Parliament is currently not pro-Israel, policies change. We need strong convictions in taking the case for Israel to the wider community and I’m not currently seeing that.”




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A Scottish Jewess speaks out against Israeli policies against Palestine









David Cameron & Jewish Zionists – What’s Not to Like?

David Cameron Levita – His Jewish Lineage

David Cameron’s Jewish family name, Levita is the Latin form of the name Levite, a Jew descended from the Tribe of Levi, the son of Jacob and one of the original twelve tribes of Israel. The leader of the Levites at the time of the exodus from Egypt was Moses, who was married with two sons. It is entirely possible therefore that he is a direct descendent of the Prophet. If affirmed he would be more royal than the queen.

Emile Levita, who came to Britain as a German immigrant in the 1850’s is Cameron’s great great grandfather. Granted citizenship in 1871, he enjoyed considerable financial success, becoming a director of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which had offices in Threadneedle Street in the City of London. He took on all the trappings of an English gentleman – he hunted, owned a grouse moor in Wales, and started an educational tradition which has continued through to today’s Tory leader, by sending his four sons to Eton. Emile’s eldest son, Arthur, a stockbroker, married Steffie Cooper, a cousin of the Royal Family providing Cameron with a link to King George III, an ancestor he shares with the Queen – his fifth cousin once removed.

Team Cameron’s big Jewish backers 12/10/2006

Having been selected to lead the Tory party, by prominent members of the Jewish community, Cameron’s bid was championed and fully financed by his backers in his successful bid for power. The biggest Jewish donor to the party, while Mr Cameron has been leader is gaming magnate Lord Steinberg, who has donated £530,000, plus a loan of £250,000. Hedge-fund owner Stanley Fink has donated £103,000, even though he was a declared supporter of Mr Cameron’s leadership rival, Liam Fox. A further £250,000 has been loaned by philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield.

During Mr Cameron’s campaign to lead the Tory Party, Jewish figures gave his team (as opposed to the Party) additional donations of more than £60,000. Direct donations to, “Team Cameron” in the leadership battle came from philanthropist Trevor Pears (around £20,000), Bicom chair Poju Zabludowicz (£15,000 plus £25,000 to the party), Next chief executive Simon Wolfson (£10,000 plus £50,000 to the party), former Carlton TV boss Michael Green (£10,000) and Tory deputy treasurer and key Cameron fundraiser Andrew Feldman (£10,000 through his family firm, Jayroma).

Beyond the donors, a small but influential group of Jewish Conservative officials and politicians were also key players in Mr Cameron’s campaign for the leadership. Among them was party treasurer and managing director of Cavendish Corporate Finance, Howard Leigh, who worked closely with Mr Feldman running the so-called “Team Cameron,” both were charged with broadening the party’s donor base. Mr Feldman is a close friend of Mr Cameron, whom he met as an undergraduate at Oxford University. Other senior figures around the leader included Oliver Letwin, head of policy. A former shadow Home Secretary and shadow Chancellor, Mr Letwin, like Mr Cameron, is an Old Etonian.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, who seconded Mr Cameron’s bid to become Tory leader, decided early on that he was the man “of the future.” He backed his campaign because, “I saw that he had great leadership qualities.”
The Key Players

Andrew Feldman – met Cameron at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is a close friend and tennis partner of the leader. A member of the Tories’ so-called Notting Hill set, he lives in West London with his wife and two children. Mr Feldman attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s school, and, after qualifying as a lawyer, entered the family’s ladieswear firm, Jayroma. Having acted as fundraiser for Mr Cameron’s leadership campaign, he is now deputy treasurer of the party and is in Mr Cameron’s economic-policy group.

Michael Green – former chairman of Carlton Television, gave financial support to David Cameron’s leadership campaign. He said, “I am a big supporter of David Cameron but I want to make it clear that I have not supported the Tory Party. I have supported David Cameron’s quest to become leader,” he said.

Lord Steinberg — formerly Leonard Steinberg — became a life peer in 2004 and is a major donor to the Conservatives. Raised in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the 70-year-old Baron Steinberg of Belfast was a founder of Stanley Leisure plc, the gaming company, serving as executive chairman from 1957 to 2002 and non-executive chairman since then. He is a former deputy treasurer of the Tory party and is a founder and chairman of his family charitable trust. His political interests are listed in Dod’s, the parliamentary guide, as Northern Ireland, tax and gambling, and Israel.

Simon Wolfson – A donor to David Cameron’s leadership campaign and to the Conservative Party, Simon Wolfson, 38, continued a family tradition when he became an adviser to Mr Cameron on improving economic competition and wealth creation. The son of Lord Wolfson, who was chief of staff to Margaret Thatcher, Mr Wolfson, chief executive of the Next clothing chain, was one of the youngest advisors to be appointed by Mr Cameron. Along with MP John Redwood, Mr Wolfson jointly chaired the advisory group that sought to reduce red tape and improve education and skills in the workplace. It also examined the country’s transport infrastructure.

Grant Shapps MP – As vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and seconder to David Cameron’s campaign, backbencher Grant Shapps persuaded parliamentary and constituency Tories of the virtues of Cameron.

David Cameron Spoke to the Movement for Reform Judaism 12 April 2010

Thank you for inviting me to write a few words for your newsletter. I have many friends on this mailing list, so as we’re now about to launch into a General Election campaign, this might be the last they hear from me for a few weeks. I would also like to send you my best wishes as you celebrate the festival of the Passover.

I am a great admirer of the Jewish people and your extraordinary achievements. I’ve long seen your community as a shining light in our society. To me, one of the biggest contributions of Judaism is its understanding of what makes a responsible society. Last summer, I gave a speech to Jewish Care where I talked about this idea. I quoted a phrase of Rabbi Hillel’s which I think captures it beautifully: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I?” That urgent, selfless moral compulsion to change the world for the better is right at the heart of the Jewish way of life. If I become Prime Minister, I want to see that idea of responsibility extend right across our society. A key part of that will be about building a stronger, more cohesive society – and that means doing much more to tackle the rise of anti-Semitism. I was appalled when the Community Security Trust told me that there were more anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2009 than in the whole of any previous year. We need big changes to root out this extremism – stopping preachers of hate from entering this country, banning those extremist groups who are already here, and doing much more to tackle radicalisation in our universities.

But I don’t just want to make our society stronger. I also want to build a bigger society. And we can’t do that without backing faith-based organisations in the good work that they do. Take faith schools, for example. They are a really important part of our education system and often have a culture and ethos which helps to drive up standards. Through our school reform plans, there will be a real growth in new good school places, and I’m sure some of these will be in faith schools.

So there is a lot I admire about your community, and a lot more that I think it can offer if given the chance. At this General Election, I’m asking the British people to have faith in me and the Conservative Party to bring change to this country. The truth is that we can’t afford five more years of this tired Labour government making this worse. A Conservative government will do much more to protect and empower the Jewish community in our society. Voting Conservative gives us a chance to make these changes and together, we can put this great country back on her feet.

Cameron declared himself a Zionist 2010

“I am a Zionist,” Conservative Party leader David Cameron told an audience of party supporters of Israel in London on Tuesday. “If what you mean by Zionist, is someone who believes that the Jews have a right to a homeland in Israel and a right to their country then, yes, I am a Zionist and I’m proud of the fact that Conservative politicians down the ages have played a huge role in helping to bring this about,” Cameron declared. The Conservative leader was guest of honor at the Conservative Friends of Israel annual business lunch, which was attended by some 500 people – including half the parliamentary party, 30 Conservative parliamentary candidates, former leaders, lords and Israel’s ambassador.

Channel 4 In Depth Investigative Report on Zionist Lobbying Groups

Shown on Channel 4 in 2011 the content sought to bring the matter to the attention of the public to the excessive political influence of the Zionists in the UK.