Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken “tangible steps” against antisemitism, according to Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush.
Following a meeting in Edinburgh at which antisemitism, Israel and relations with the Scottish National Party were discussed, Jonathan said: “I was very glad to have held my first meeting with the First Minister today. She has extended the hand of friendship to the Scottish Jewish community and made tangible steps to stand firm against antisemitism, including bigotry against Israel”.
Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland believes in equality for all people – whoever they are, wherever they are from and whatever they believe. The Scottish Government recognises and greatly values the substantial and enduring influence of the Jewish faith on Scotland’s people and culture. I wish the Jewish Communities in Scotland and across the world a peaceful and happy Chanukah – Chanukah sameach.”
Jonathan was joined by Micheline Brannan, Chair of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. They will be attending the lighting of the Chanukah candles at the Scottish Parliament this evening where they will be joined by Scottish party leaders.
Photo: Micheline Brannan, Nicola Sturgeon, Jonathan Arkush