Antisemitism in Political Parties

“Antisemitism is the organisation of politics against the Jews” — Ruth Wisse

Scottish National Party

We believe that the Scottish National Party could and should have taken stronger action against both of the cases we have listed. The Party has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.




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Dr Paul Monaghan

2015-2017 Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross


In November 2012, Dr Monaghan tweeted that he was “sad to see the proud Jewish people, so hideously persecuted by the Nazis, now persecuting the people of #Gaza”.


In August 2015, the JC contacted Dr Monaghan about the tweet, following which he apologised, saying he had not intended to cause offence, however he did not apologise for the views he expressed. He deleted the tweet.

Dr Monaghan lost his seat in the 2017 General Election. As of July 2017, it is unknown whether the SNP has ever taken any disciplinary action against him for his 2012 tweet.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Dr Monaghan, but we did not receive a response.

Sandra White MSP

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Kelvin


In November 2015, Ms White retweeted a grotesque cartoon of piglets emblazoned with the flags of countries including Israel, Britain and the US, as well as Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Mossad, all suckling from a large sow labelled with a Star of David along with the words “Bank Rothschild”.


After her tweet was made public, her spokesman stated: “This tweet was retweeted in error and has been removed from Sandra White’s account. Sandra apologises for any offence caused.” On 11th November 2015, Ms White apologised “unreservedly” for retweeting the image, saying she had done so unintentionally. On the same date, the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, wrote that she had spoken directly to Ms White about the retweet of the “abhorrent” image and that she would not tolerate antisemitism of any kind or at any level. However, she accepted Ms White’s explanation that the retweet was accidental. Ms White retained her seat in the 2016 elections to the Scottish Parliament.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Ms White, but we did not receive a response.

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