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THE tweeting problem which felled a Labour Shadow Cabinet member has also surfaced here in Wales.
Rebecca Long Bailey was sacked by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for re-tweeting an article which was critical of Israel.
Now a Plaid politician is facing an internal party inquiry following her tweet relating to the same matter.
Sahar-Al-Faifi, who is hoping to be Plaid’s lead candidate in South Wales Central next May, also claimed in her recent tweet that the police officers involved in the George Floyd killing were trained by Israel.
At first glance, it would seem a bit heavy that an internal party investigation be held into one single tweet.
But Sahar-Al-Faifi has history on this as she has been previously disciplined by Plaid, following other anti-semitic tweets she posted.
These revelations came to light after she was featured as Plaid’s poster girl in last December’s general election.
Some praised Plaid at the time for giving such prominent position to a member of the BAME community.
Others were alarmed that Al-Faifi appeared on the poster in a niqab-seen by some as a symbol of subjugation of women within Islam.
And even some party faithful were critical of the move, asking how on earth would such a divisive image appeal to ordinary people in Wales.
Following the revelations about the first set of tweets, Al-Faifi agreed to attend anti-semitic awareness training.
But it seems that the tweeting urge and a desire to attack Israel regarding the Palestinian situation, got the better of her once again this time.
The lesson would seem to be once again that playing identity politics can be a fractious business all round.
One thought on “Tweeting Troubles Yet Again”
Having only recently discovered Gwlad Gwlad and read that the party hopes to stand candidates in every constituency and region next May, one of its attractions for me right now is its manifesto commitment that:
‘Gwlad Gwlad will not pursue policies or express opinions on minority special interests or issues in far away lands, no matter how important they may be seen by some. Our only priority is Wales and its people.’
For a party which stands for independence and seeks to be broad-based, I think that’s a prudent policy. One thing at a time.