SJJP members joined representatives of the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community (ELJC) on 17th August, to march in protest against the Scottish Defence League demonstration in Edinburgh City Centre. The following statement from ELJC was read out on the march:
Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, supports the rally on 17th August against the march through Edinburgh by the Scottish Defence League.
It beggars belief that the march has been permitted at all, and particularly during the Edinburgh Festival, when our city is teeming with visitors. It underlines the need for us to be ever vigilant, so that the ugly head of of fascism is not raised again in this way.
The Festival becomes home, for a while, to performers and visitors from many countries and backgrounds. What are they to make of the narrow-minded and hostile bigotry of the SDL ?
It is essential, also for our own sakes, for those of us who live here in Edinburgh to make a stand against the insidious hatred that the SDL is trying to stir up. Edinburgh is a City where people of different faith groups and ethnic backgrounds try their utmost to live and work together in harmony. We must strive to ensure that the SDL does not harm these efforts.
We Jews, small in number in Edinburgh, know only too well from other times and other places what can happen if the small voice of unreason is allowed to swell so that communities become endangered. So I would like to add the voice of this Jewish Community in the stand against the SDL march and the fascists responsible for it.