• 15 March 2019

    As organisations opposed to all forms of racism, we are dismayed that Stand Up to Racism Scotland will be allowing organisations that actively support Israeli apartheid and racism to participate in its annual anti-racism march in Glasgow. Under these circumstances we cannot support the march. 

  • 07 February 2019

    We regret that this year we cannot support SUTR’s anti-racism march, to be held in Glasgow on 16 March, as we understand that it will include representation from Glasgow Friends of Israel (GFI) and the Confederation of Friends of Israel, Scotland (COFIS).

  • 05 January 2019

    GMB Scotland have disciplined a shop steward as a result of his authorship of a petition that criticised Israel as racist and challenged the Labour Party's use of the controversial IHRA definition of anti-semitism

  • 15 December 2018

    SACC/IHRC Conference sends a message of solidarity to the Kurdish community in Edinburgh following house raids and arrests.

  • 02 October 2018

    SACC shares the distress of Sheku Bayoh's family at rumours that no charges will be brought against police officers involved in the events that led to Sheku's death. Now, more than ever, there needs to be a public inquiry

  • 15 March 2018

    The Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) has withdrawn from the anti-racism march in Glasgow on Saturday  over the organisers' failure to stand against Israeli apartheid and racism

  • 28 February 2018

    The anti-racism demo in Glasgow in March 2017 was marred by the participation of a small number of supporters of The Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland (COFIS). COFIS works to close down public discussion of Israeli crimes. SACC is asking the organisers of the demo to tell COFIS that it isn't welcome this year.

  • 10 November 2017

    Stand Up to Racism Scotland is asking for support for a "Football for All - No to Racism, No to Islamophobia!" unity event in Edinburgh on November 25th. The event is being called in response to a demo planned by the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) in Edinburgh on the same day. The FLA has a track record of attracting racist support.

Background & Comment

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    UK Visa

    The Home Office is refusing visa applications from Africans at twice the rate of applications from elsewhere in the world. Critics say this amounts to an unofficial "travel ban" on academics, businesses, church and NGO leaders, musicians, artists and performers from Middle Eastern and African countries.

  • by Richard Haley
    Countering Islamophobia Kit - Key National Messages

    A particular strength of the Counter Islamophobia Kit is that it recognises the central role of the state in building Islamophobic narratives. As Arzu Merali says: “Securitization haunts every discourse regarding Muslims.”

  • Scrap Prevent

    2018 has seen a sharp rise in the number of people in Sotland reported through the controversial 'Prevent' counter-radicalisation scheme

  • by Richard Haley
    COFIS on an anti-racism march, Glasgow, 18 March 2017

    Friends of Israel say they will be joining this year's anti-racism march in Glasgow. They robustly support Israel while claiming to be anti-racist. Who are they?

  • The SACC/IHRC annual Islamophobia Scotland conference was held at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh on 15 December 2018. This year's theme was "Islamophobia and silencing criticism of Israel"

  • Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit

    The Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) contains key actionable messages to be conveyed to policy makers, national governments, professionals, civil society, the media and practitioners from across the EU. It was launched at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 Seprember 2018.

  • Police have raided the homes of members of Edinburgh's Kurdish community in relation to alleged support for the PKK. Evidence of this so-called support consists, apparently, of scarves and flags in the colours of Kurdistan.

  • Aamer Anwar speaking outside the Lord Advocate's office, 3 October 2018

    Sheku Bayoh's family were devastated to hear that no charges are tp be brought against police over his death in police custody. Full statement issued by Aamer Anwar on behalf of the family.

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