A SCOTTISH minister has condemned an online post accused of antisemitism shared by his father following reports the post was not taken seriously by Police Scotland.

Police Scotland came under fire over hate crime laws after reports that the complaint was discarded because the woman who reported it was not herself Jewish.

According to the Daily Mail, a former police officer reported the post but claimed she was told no charges would be brought because she is not herself Jewish.

The post depicted a Nazi swastika within a Star of David, and was captioned “Nazism = Zionism”.

It was reported that the post came from a Scottish Government minister's family member, though the person was not named.

On Monday afternoon, Tom Arthur, the SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South, confirmed it was his father.

The minister for community wealth and public finance said on Twitter/X: "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."

His father, Tom Arthur Senior, has resigned from the SNP.

It has been reported that the police are looking into the post as a "communications offence" outwith the Hate Crime Act.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has condemned the police’s actions in response to the complaint, saying on Twitter/X: “The police are right that this post relates to Jewish people, as the overwhelming majority of British Jews identify as Zionists, according to our polling.

“But the police are wrong to imagine that the identity of the person who reported the post should be relevant.”

The post added: “The police, and potentially @theSNP have questions to answer.”

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It comes after a row broke out over the Scottish Government's Hate Crime Act becoming law, which saw both the First Minister and author JK Rowling reported to the police over the law.

Legal experts have said that there has been significant misinformation surrounding the campaign which has impacted on its poor reception - drawing international criticism from the likes of Joe Rogan and Elon Musk.

Professor James Chalmers, regius professor of law at Glasgow University, was part of the review which spawned the Hate Crime Act – but said the legislation had been poorly communicated by Police Scotland.

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He said: “The public controversy around this is such that that emphasis at the same time on the importance of freedom of speech would’ve been useful.”

The Act contains “multiple” protections for freedom of speech, he said, but these have not been “emphasised” enough by the force in its publicity campaign leading up to it coming into force at the beginning of the month.

The allegations against Yousaf refer to a speech he made in the Scottish Parliament four years ago about a lack of racial diversity in positions of power in Scotland.

While the complaints against Rowling relate to her social media posts in which she refers to transgender women as men.

Police Scotland had already said that neither of the incidents met the threshold for being considered a hate crime.