PhotoThere was a moment in Edinburgh last May which felt symbolic of Scotland’s drift away from England. Scotland’s newly elected parliamentarians were being blessed at St. Giles’s Cathedral on the historic Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament. Prince Edward, representing the queen, was met with silence; a cheer went up as Alex Salmond arrived, the conquering hero.
Ben Gurion Airport, Israel. Five members of an American interfaith delegation were not allowed to board a flight from the US to Ben Gurion because of their involvement in the boycott movement against Israel.ReutersFive members of an American interfaith delegation to Israel, including three Jews, were prevented from boarding their flight from Washington DC, reportedly because of their involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
David Cameron could not have been more unequivocal in his support for British Jews when addressing the Conservative Friends of Israel in 2007. "Government, individuals and all community leaders have shared responsibility to tackle prejudice which, if unchallenged, can lead to hatred and violence." If the audience was reassured, little did it know that within two years the Tories would be members of a European group led by a politician widely seen on the Continent as anti-Semitic.