Party leaders have welcomed the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland and its 'Ten Commitments' ahead of Holyrood elections this Thursday.
The Jewish Manifesto for Scotland has been produced by SCoJeC in partnership with the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Jewish Leadership Council, and covers issues such as countering antisemitism, education, relations with Israel, and the COP26 environmental summit.
The Ten Commitments include pledges on implementing the internationally accepted definition of antisemitism in policy and practice, provision of faith-sensitive public services, opposing boycotts of Israel, and ensuring that young people understand the diverse society they live in.
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to endorse the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. I commit to doing whatever I can to make sure the Jewish the Jewish community in Scotland will always feel welcome and valued."
Scottish Conservative Party Leader Douglas Ross said: "I want to wholeheartedly welcome the manifesto. We are totally committed to standing up for the rights of Scotland's Jewish community. The Scottish Conservatives support the Ten Commitments outlined in this Manifesto."
Scottish Labour Party Leader Anas Sarwar said: "This is an important and significant document, and I am happy to show Scottish Labour's support for the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. I have always appreciated my close collaboration with Scotland's Jewish Community in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms."
Scottish Liberal Democrats Leader William Rennie said: "The Scottish Liberal Democrats endorse the Jewish Manifesto for Scotland. We stand side by side with the community, to ensure these commitments are advanced in the next five years of the Scottish Parliament."
Commenting on the Party Leaders' statements, a spokesperson for SCoJeC, the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Board of Deputies, and the JLC said: "We welcome this cross-party support for our Jewish manifesto for Scotland. The Jewish community of Scotland is proud to work collaboratively with all political parties, and with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, and other representatives and public bodies. We work to ensure that the voices of Jewish people in Scotland are heard, and that their needs and concerns are understood and addressed. We look forward to engaging and working with the new Scottish Parliament and Government to implement these proposals, from fighting antisemitism and discrimination, to supporting freedom of belief and Jewish education."