The SNP was tonight embroiled in an antisemitism row when it emerged that a party activist has been sharing offensive anti-Israel material on Facebook.
Amjed Hussain, from Edinburgh, was pictured with Nicola Sturgeon and other leading SNP figures at the party’s manifesto launch and has been on the campaign trail with Nationalist candidates and parliamentarians.
Pro-Israel groups and opposition politicians were angered when they learned of the material being promoted by Mr Hussain, who is a Facebook friend of several government ministers.
Earlier tonight the SNP instructed its campaign teams to ensure Mr Hussain takes no further part in the election after his online activity came to light.
Last month Mr Hussain shared a photo, which bore the slogan “Israel has no history – only a criminal record”.
He also shared a video, which claimed that the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks were an operation carried out by Mossad, the Israel national intelligence agency. Another post shared by Mr Hussain linked Islamic State to Israel. It said: “ISIS is the only terrorist organisation that will travel 2,000 miles to attack Brussels, but can’t travel 52 miles to attack Israel – because the dog does not bite its own tail.”