UK – Festival in Scotland Celebrating Culture of Jewish State ‘Triumphs’ Over Disruption by Anti-Israel Protesters


THE ALGEMEINER – A festival in Scotland on Wednesday celebrating Israeli culture was a “triumph,” one of the event organizers told The Algemeiner, despite the presence of a vocal crowd of anti-Israel demonstrators outside the venue.

Nigel Goodrich, founder of the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS), told The Algemeiner on Thursday that around 150 such protesters — waving Palestinian flags, chanting anti-Israel slogans through megaphones and playing the sounds of exploding bombs through a PA system — tried to disrupt the International Shalom Festival, whose aim was “to promote diversity; the culture of Israel, which is an ancient yet modern country; and to spread a message that co-existence is the best method for achieving peace.”

Goodrich said he was not surprised by the protest. “We totally expected a demonstration — a loud, aggressive presence — and that’s exactly what we got,” he said. “Israeli acts have appeared in the past [at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival], and two years ago, one was hounded out of the venue by protesters who ran amok during the performance. What we wanted to do was bring Israeli art and culture back to the Fringe, to give people an opportunity to enjoy it.”

Around 800 people turned out for Wednesday’s event, which featured a number of different Israeli artistic and cultural acts. The day’s program was carried on as planned, said Goodrich, despite the protest outside.

Nevertheless, he said, “Some of our visitors, particularly mothers with children, were very upset. One eight-year-old girl had to be rushed to the toilet in tears, because she didn’t like being called a racist, and didn’t like being told that her ticket was purchased with Palestinian blood.”

However, he added, “The police were superb; their bottom line was that our event was going to go ahead and no one would be impeded from entering the venue, unlike two years ago.”

Goodrich expressed deep satisfaction with how the day transpired. “It was a triumph because, A, it went ahead; B, it was packed; and C, everybody had such a good time,” he said. “It was like being in Tel Aviv. It was great. I’m delighted. This was a triumph for culture and artistic freedom.”

The International Shalom Festival, held as part of the month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was organized by COFIS and the UK branch of the Israel-advocacy organization StandWithUs.

  1. #1 by duncan lucas on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    Yes it was a “triumph ” for the protesters – get out -not wanted ,it is well seeing that it is being self-publicised because it was ignored by the majority of Scots . The 800 jews represent about a sixth of the total jewish population in Scotland so dont think that their so called “triumph ” had the backing of the majority of Scots who are staunchly for Palestine.

  2. #2 by Ron Stead on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    what is with this free Scotland BS. they had a vote, and decided to stay with Briton.

  3. #3 by abdulmonem on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    What a big lie to claim that they want to spread a message that co-existence is the best method for achieving peace and they are building a wall against coexistence and do every thing to prevent peace. What they do know that they are being used by god plan to corrupt the earth and do havoc in the region only to kill themselves in the end by their own hand and those they have oppressed. Everything is written in the divine blue print book only to be manifested gradually and surely across the platform of god time and space.

  4. #4 by MKMOURA on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    Israel is a country forged by British and US maçônitas in order to exterminate Palestinians and so amaze the world with Zionism! Congratulations for the great attitude of all enlightened by God Scotch who did not accept the world devourer of the party.

  5. #5 by Sabba on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    @ Ron: Scotland has been under spiritual and cultural occupation for centuries now. The Scottish Celticness has been all but erased with the Reformation, Free masonry and judaic Presbyterianism, which have supplanted and oppressed the indigenous Celtic culture and faith.

    Irish influence, mainly in Western Scotland has managed to somehow revive the Celticness in Scotland but not enough to ‘set Scotland free’.

    That’s what I am talking about.

    Hope this clarifies.

  6. #6 by ROGÉRIO DE MOURA on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    In fact there has never been a Jewish religion and most people in the world, being incautious in religious understanding, confuse Israel cited in the Torah, the Koran and the New Testament, with the Israelis born in a fake country called Israel, which incidentally, goes against the teachings cited in Torá.Os scotch, by preserving moral values certainly never support WHAT Zionists are doing to the Palestinian people!

  7. #7 by Tapp on 08/20/2016 - 9:34

    “everyone had a good time” he said. That says it all. Do you think those children in Palestine had a good time Jew?

  8. #8 by duncan lucas on 08/21/2016 - 9:34

    Ron I take it you are American ?- “they had a vote ” Scotland voted 60/40 to Remain. You dont know the history of this -2014 – England said – if you vote for Freedom you will be ejected from the EU that was part of Project Fear to con the Scots into voting No -and it worked . So what happens 2 years later ?? England votes to leave the EU taking Scotland with it. Total, hypocrisy in the eyes of the Scots . Americans are always shouting about Liberty/ Democracy/Freedom but it seems it only applies if you are American as your country invades other countries just because it doesn’t like them and wants their resources killing an estimated 20-30 Million civilians in the process since the 50,s . Thats not Freedom thats criminal Slaughter all to prop up the jews and keep the military factories producing in the States. So to talk of democracy to other nations is beyond belief .

  9. #9 by Paulo Henrique on 08/21/2016 - 9:34

    There’s no israel. Are khazarians…

  10. #10 by ladybat2 on 08/21/2016 - 9:34

    I wonder why and how there came to be any Jews at all in Scotland. Does not seem a place they would flourish or prosper in because the Scots will never take the crap Jews dish out every where else they live.

  11. #11 by duncan lucas on 08/21/2016 - 9:34

    Your right ladybat2 Scottish ancient history doesnt include jews . They came over in the 30,s from Germany as Hitler kicked them out (at a price ) also a bit earlier when Russia had its revolution even though many in the revolution were Jewish as were a lot of the leaders but as the rich Jews owned factories in Russia the Bolsheviks took over the factories for themselves so it was poor Jews kicking out rich Jews. As a Scot who has traveled round Scotland I cannot find statues/ memorials /ancient graves etc relating to Jews nor any synagogues . Scotland when ruled by the Highland clans was staunchly Catholic , the French played a part in Scotland but even there I dont know any Jews. Scotland also traded with Germany. Scotland also has Viking heritage as they invaded both eastern Scotland North of Edinburgh and all the Western Islands marrying Scots females this is one reason , along with the Celtic one , which themselves have some Viking in them that Scotland has the most red haired and blond people . MY wife is reddish blond and has Scandinavian and Irish/Scottish heritage as a result she suffers from a rare form of illness only associated with the Scandinavian area. I could go on about Scottish history but will stop there. Scotland isnt a natural homeland for jews and they know it.

  12. #12 by ladybat2 on 08/22/2016 - 9:34

    I love reading all you have to share about Scottish history Duncan! I have Scottish blood myself. My mother was Italian and my father half Scot and half Swedish. Sometimes I swear its my Scot blood that calls out to me most because Celtic music moves me more than any other music on earth, (especially the bag pipes) and when I see photos of Scotland its as if I’ve been there even though I never have physically been to Scotland and it seems as if its calling out to me. Though I have more Italian blood in me than Scottish, its still the Scot that has imprinted in and on me the most.
    My husband is Palestinian. The two peoples I love most in the world are the Palestinian people and the Scottish people. Thank you all for your solidarity with the Palestinian people and please send a big hug for me to every Scot you know that stood up for Palestine.

  13. #13 by duncan lucas on 08/22/2016 - 9:34

    Thank you for that ladybat2 , if you feel a lifting of the Spirit when hearing the bagpipes then you definably have Scottish blood in you . You may not know but very many Italians came to live in the west coast of Scotland and set up ice cream parlors , Glasgow is full of Italian restaurants but is flooded with Italian ice cram shops stretch to Clydebank and down to “Little Italy ” as the Vale of Leven was called (near Loch Lomond ) where a large number of Italian immigrants arrived both before WW2 and after . Glasgow telephone directory is full of Italian names , even though I have moved to an East coast village there is now a Nardini,s ice cream parlor in ST.Andrews (the home of golf ) they originally had a shop on the west coast town of Largs but have expanded I have never seen any trouble from Italians who play a big part also in Glasgow theatre and the Arts+ Crafts there. One Glasgow photographic book of Old Glasgow shows many Italian shops in art Deco style. I regularly get emails from several Palestinian organizations both here and in America, I feel very strongly about it , but I have been attacked for my support by -you know who – on the web.

  14. #14 by ladybat2 on 08/23/2016 - 9:34

    Well Duncan they would not attack you if they were not afraid of you. They know folks like you are making a difference in this world and they can’t stand that. They behave like cornered wild animals when they come across folks like us.
    Hey, I was wondering, have you ever had the chance to visit any ancient Scottish castles? Any chance they were haunted? I would love to visit an ancient Scottish castle that is rumored to be haunted. I can’t get enough of old Scottish tales of ghosts,banchees and faeires.

  15. #15 by duncan lucas on 08/23/2016 - 9:34

    You must have some of the “Second Sight ” as they say in Scotland , how did you know I visited a haunted castle ? . The one in particular was Edzell Castle and funnily enough only a few days ago I found the pictures I took of it in the 70,s and have it in front of my PC. MY wife and I visited it several times as we were drawn to it , it is in Angus 15 miles west of Montrose. As I looked on the ground floor my wife climbed the stairs to the second floor , on the floor was an ancient large steel spike , that was used for hanging things like large portions of meat it was heavily corroded and pitted. I picked it up and thought of stealing it but I have an enormous conscious and couldn’t live with the fact of taking it so I threw it back down . I then went upstairs to my wife , she came over to me and handed the same spike to me I was shaken ! . She said a man dressed in unusual clothes came over to her and said ( in French ) pour vous -for you he then said favor and my wife realised he wanted her scarf , he then disappeared . It turned out the castle was owned by a French knight (remember me telling you the French were involved in Scotland (the Auld Alliance ) and that he wanted her scarf to wear when in battle or jousting . Well ladybat2 as the original owner was saying it was all right to take the spike who am I to refuse ? The cottage we own is haunted to unusual things happen objects move by themselves and my wife has seen several ghosts and both if us have seen our cat which lived with us for 20 years before it died , it was well loved , it has spoken to me in dreams . Scotland has a large number of ghosts due to the violence of centuries of battle against the English and the way people were killed and witches burnt, the Highland Clearances where the poor crofters were evicted in winter to make way for sheep and war after war . We are not used to long lasting peace.

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