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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


Celebrating Diversity; Condemning Racism

23 March 2015
SCoJeC interfaith representative Alan Kay at Islam Awareness Week

SCoJeC was delighted to send a message of support to the launch of Islam Awareness Week 2015 in Glasgow City Chambers on Monday 16 March. The statement was read at the event by Alan Kay, our interfaith representative, who is also the Hon Secretary of Interfaith Scotland.  Alan said:

"The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities welcomes the opportunity to extend its support to Islam Awareness Week 2015, and particularly to its theme of "Give a little of yourself", which is common to both our faiths. We welcome all efforts to promote better understanding between faiths and communities, and utterly repudiate the mindless stereotyping and xenophobia that ultimately affects all of us. We are pleased to join you to celebrate the diversity of the threads in the Scottish tartan, and firmly believe that unity in difference is what holds society together."

Last week we also sent a message to the STUC in support of the annual march against racism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism in Glasgow to mark UN Anti-Racist Day on Saturday 21st March:

"The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities is pleased to send its support to this year's rally against racism to mark UN Anti-Racism Day. During the last year Jewish Communities throughout the world have been at the receiving end of the worst levels of violence and abuse since the defeat of the Nazis, and even here in Scotland there have been unprecedented numbers of antisemitic incidents, which have made Jewish people feel vulnerable and alienated to the point of questioning their future in Scotland.

Hate crime affects not only its immediate victim, but all those who share the group identity that made the victim a target, so the murders in Paris and Copenhagen unsettle everyone who shops in a kosher deli or attends a bar-mitzvah. But we also all share an identity as human beings, and we therefore are proud to stand in solidarity with all victims of hate, discrimination, and abuse, and to condemn those who commit or incite or encourage and support such hatred without reservation."


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