Labour and Plaid Cymru caught up in antisemitism gaffes

What’s been an inglorious week or so for politics didn’t let up over the weekend with another series of high-profile gaffes.

Labour candidate for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, Maria Carroll, was named as running a Facebook group which offered support to Labour members accused of Holocaust denial and antisemitism.

Posts from the group were said to include claims the Holocaust was “a hoax” and that New Labour was a front for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

At the time of posting no formal action has been taken. Labour is currently under investigation for antisemitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Elsewhere, after featuring in Plaid Cymru’s Party Election Broadcast last week, molecular geneticist Sahar Al-Faifi – who wears a niqab/face veil – was subject to a torrent of Islamophobic abuse on social media, which drew support from party activists and others alike.

Soon afterwards, however, it was revealed she had made a number of antisemitic comments on social media (since deleted) in the past, expressing support for the destruction of Israel and linking the Rothschild family to a global Jewish conspiracy.

She was suspended subject to further investigation and has since issued a statement saying she apologised to Jewish organisations several years ago and undertook equalities training as a result of the posts. She also accepted a willingness “to be held accountable for her past mistakes”.