Following a meeting with a representative of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, several church leaders of Glasgow have welcomed a statement on anti-Semitism issued last February by Scotland’s major political parties, praying for the “continuation of the historically generous hospitality and welcome shown to all Jews in Scotland”.

The statement from the Scottish Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, Green and SNP parties reads:

“As political leaders in Scotland, we join together to express sadness and concern about the recent anti-Semitic terrorist murders in Paris and Copenhagen, the rise in anti-Semitism across Europe that has been highlighted by several recent reports, and the unprecedented raising of the security threat level in the UK.

“We celebrate Scotland’s traditionally positive relationship with its Jewish population but understand why events elsewhere can undermine their sense of security, belonging, and wellbeing, and come together unreservedly to condemn all manifestations of anti-Semitism in Scotland and to assert Scotland’s warm desire that Jewish people living in Scotland should feel safe, completely at home, and a key part of the multicultural Scottish community.”

It has been endorsed by:

  • Bishop Gregor Duncan, Scottish Episcopal Church;
  • Rev Ian Baillie, United Reformed Church;
  • Rev Colin Brown, United Free Church;
  • Rev Alan Donaldson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland;
  • Major Russell Wyles, West Scotland Division, Salvation Army;
  • Very Rev Bill Hewitt, Glasgow Presbytery Clerk, Church of Scotland;
  • Rev Alan Anderson, Superintendent, Strathclyde Methodist Circuit;
  • Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Roman Catholic Church.

Political signatories to the statement were Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister and Leader of the SNP; Jim Murphy MP, leader of Scottish Labour; MSP Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party; MSP Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats; Partick Harvie MSP, joint leader of the Scottish Green Party and Kezia Dugdale MSP, leader of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Group.