SNP politician 'apologises' for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet


The Scottish National Party has apologised on behalf of a MSP after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter “in error”.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.

The smaller animals were emblazoned with flags of countries including Britain and Israel and also carried the words Al-Qaeda and Mossad.

The image had originally been posted from an account run by a man called Charles Frith, who has repeatedly posted antisemitic messages and images.

After the JC brought the tweet to the SNP’s attention on Monday, a party spokesman said: “This tweet was re-tweeted in error and has been removed from Sandra White's account.

“Sandra apologises for any offence caused."

The tweet had also included an image of Rupert Murdoch as a puppet-master, controlling politicians including David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly acknowledged the Jewish community’s concerns about antisemitism in Scotland.

In September she said she did not believe there was an “antisemitic culture in the Scottish Parliament”.

On the same day as her comments were reported, SNP MP Paul Monaghan was forced to apologise for posting a message on Twitter claiming the “proud Jewish race” was “persecuting the people of Gaza”.

Ms White joined the SNP in 1983 and was elected as an MSP in 1999.

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