SNP minister's dad resigns from party after 'antisemitic' Facebook post

SNP MSP Tom Arthur
SNP MSP Tom Arthur -Credit:Unknown Submitted

An SNP minister's dad has resigned from the party after he was accused of making an antisemitic social media post.

Community wealth minister Tom Arthur condemned his father - Tom Arthur Snr - after he shared a graphic showing a Nazi swastika within a Star of David on Facebook.

The Star of David is a symbol of Judaism and is used on the Israel flag.

Paisley MSP Arthur Jr said he stands "against discrimination of any kind" and that his father's post "falls far short of that position".

Arthur Sr resigned from the nationalists on Monday.

The ex-policewoman who made the complaint reportedly said she was asked whether she was Jewish by an officer before it was dropped.

Arthur said: "As an SNP MSP, I stand against discrimination of any kind. The online post shared by a family member falls far short of that position and I condemn the views expressed.

"Six months on from Hamas's barbaric terrorist attack which claimed the lives of more than 1000 innocent civilians, I will continue to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages and for a permanent two state solution to pave the way towards peace."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a complaint which is being investigated as a communications offence."

They added: "We received a report of offensive content online, which is being investigated.”

The post showed a blue Star of David with a black swastika combined with it. It had blue bars above and below which made it resemble the Israel flag.

It said at the top "Nazism = Zionism".

Zionism is a movement to create a Jewish State in the Middle East.

Arthur Snr appears to have deleted the post.

The post was reportedly made on Monday last week, which is the same day that the Scottish Government's new hate crime law came into place.

The law created new offences of “stirring up” hatred - which previously applied only to race - by extending it protected characteristics such as disability, race, religion and sexual orientation.

Police Scotland confirmed the post is not being investigated under the Hate Crime Act.

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