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YesCymru’s bigotry and antisemitism exposed
By MARCUS STEAD
CONTROVERSIAL group YesCymru, which campaigns for Welsh independence, recently welcomed The Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza into its ranks, despite her lengthy track record of making antisemitic comments on social media, which has led to her being condemned by both the Campaign Against Antisemitism and Wales Against Antisemitism.
In November, Mendoza was temporarily suspended from Twitter after she compared those attending the Jewish Labour Movement’s conference to ‘white supremacists’.
Prominent Welsh nationalist Sahar Al-Faifi was also welcomed into the organisation last autumn, seemingly indifferent her track record of antisemitic remarks.
The Twitter history of the organisation’s leader, Siôn Jobbins , also makes interesting reading. On 24 My 2018, he tweeted, “Black South Africans what [sic] to be Anglo American. They’ll have no language or own culture by 2050. Losers. They refuse to create modern, civic culture in their own languages. They define themselves by their skin colour. Their enemy isn’t Afrikaans, it’s themselves.”
Yes Cymru leader Sion Jobbins has a track record of bigoted tweets
Yes Cymru claims to be committed to ‘civic nationalism’, though this has been brought into question.
During recent months, YesCymru supporters have engaged in increasingly bizarre behaviour, which includes putting postage stamps on letters upside down (including from its head office) as an act of protest against the monarchy, and defacing road signs with large, red, round YesCymru stickers.
YesCymru membership has become a fashion statement at BBC Wales, which the Labour and Conservative parties have regularly described as a hotbed of Welsh nationalism. Rhydian Bowen Phillips, a longstanding and outspoken member of YesCymru, is a presenter on Welsh language station BBC Radio Cymru. Eddie Butler, the BBC’s leading rugby union commentator, spoke at a YesCymru rally in Merthyr Tydfil in September 2019.
In recent months, other BBC Wales contributors who announced they’d joined the organisation include comedian Mike Bubbins, rugby reporter Phil Steele and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt, co-owner of Parasol Media, which makes numerous programmes for BBC Radio Wales along with quiz show Only Connect for BBC Two.
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