The Jewish Community of Scotland shares the concerns of the Muslim community about the self-styled Scottish Defence League and its planned activities. We dissociate ourselves unreservedly from their message of hate, no matter what symbols they misappropriate in order to cause maximum offence to as many as possible. We deplore any attempt to stir up racial tension, and express our solidarity with all those who are the target of their warped views.
If, as seems likely, this group apes the example of the English Defence League, they will fuel distrust between communities and contribute to the conditions in which extremism of all kinds will thrive. We have consistently declared our belief in a Scotland of many cultures, faiths, and traditions, and we reiterate our unqualified opposition to fascist and far-right activity.