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An independent Scotland is coming, and Jews have much to fear

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11.05.2021

Only days after the SNP’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections, the current crisis in Israel popped up in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s news feed. Predictably, the Scottish Nationalist leader was quick to conflate the complex real estate ownership issues in Sheikh Jarrah / Shimon HaNatziv with rioting and violence on the Temple Mount, accusing the Israeli government of “attacking” mosques (the Israeli police were there to defend people’s rights to worship freely and safely during Ramadan, as well as prevent attacks on Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall directly below). While her justice minister, Humza Yousaf condemned the “forced evictions taking place in Sheikh Jarrah.”

Someone clearly failed to tell the Scottish Government that the Israeli Supreme Court, Arab justice included, has not yet ruled on the historical ownership of the concerned properties in Jerusalem, lawfully purchased by two Jewish organisations in the late nineteenth century and later seized under the Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem. The case has dragged on for years in the Israeli courts, and the reason for the evictions is due to the tenants never having paid rent on property given to them by the........

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