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An SNP councillor has triggered a barrage of criticism after sharing an ‘antisemitic’ picture on social media combining the Star of David and a swastika – with the get together underneath strain to sack her.
Catherine Victor, a member of Aberdeenshire Council, posted a photoshopped image on Facebook displaying Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, with a moustache paying homage to Adolf Hitler.
Mr Netanyahu was depicted carrying a blue and white Nazi armband with a swastika masking the Jewish Star of David image.
The picture was swiftly branded to be prejudicial towards Jews, and Cllr Victor has been suspended from the SNP pending an investigation going down, based on reviews.
However, the Scottish Tories say she must be booted out the get together altogether. Douglas Lumsden, Scottish Conservative MSP for North East Scotland, who referred to as the SNP the “Scottish Nasty Party” on social media, advised the Scottish Daily Express: “I cannot imagine how any public servant would think vile antisemitic posts like this could be acceptable.”
He added: “Putting a swastika on the Star of David, with imagery of Hitler, is beyond offensive. The SNP must sack this councillor and find out how far this bile goes throughout their ranks, given it’s also been liked by another one of their councillors.
“There’s no defence that can be offered for this.”
The SNP is a signatory to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, although this is not endorsed by their coalition partners, the Scottish Greens.
The definition includes “drawing comparisons of latest Israeli coverage to that of the Nazis.”
Cllr Victor has now eliminated the picture, based on the Press and Journal. She stated: “The detail of a post and an image I recently commented on has been brought to my attention.
“Having checked out it once more I can see that it was unacceptable and offensive. I eliminated the submit and apologise unreservedly for any harm brought on, and most particularly if I’ve brought on ache to anybody within the Jewish neighborhood. I ought to have examined the content material extra intently previous to sharing my ideas.”
It comes as Israel continues its assaults on Hamas within the Gaza Strip the place there are warnings of a humanitarian disaster. Hamas claims over 20,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli motion, which was prompted by a shock assault on October 7.
The SNP has stated the allegation of antisemitism could be handled severely and Cllr Victor had been positioned underneath suspension by the National Secretary whereas an investigation is carried out.