Tories call for Greens to be removed from government after concerns by Jewish community

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to ensure her two Scottish Green ministers sign up to a globally-recognised definition of anti-semitism, or remove them from her government.

The call by the Scottish Conservatives comes after the First Minister revealed she had not raised the issue of signing up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism with her new junior ministers, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater.

Former Scots Tory leader Jackson Carlaw had previously written to Ms Sturgeon after Jewish groups expressed their concerns that the Scottish Green Party refuses to endorse the IHRA definition of anti-semitism and had also voted in favour of a motion describing Israel as a “racist state“ based on “Jewish supremacy” and calling Zionism a “racist endeavour”.

Scotland’s Jewish organisations had also written directly to the First Minister raising their worries about the SNP government entering into a co-operation deal with the Greens.

Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater at Bute House on the day they were appointed to government.

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