Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) has condemned allegedly “racist” comments made by Labour AM for Cardiff Central Jenny Rathbone (right) as appalling.

Stephen Doughty – the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – has stepped into a major row in the Labour Party over allegedly “racist” remarks said to have been made by about Jews by Cardiff Central Labour AM Jenny Rathbone.

The BBC reports that the Labour Party  – whose own leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of anti-Semitism – is now “considering disciplinary action” against Ms Rathbone.

The Jewish Chronicle has received a recording of comments made by Jenny Rathbone in which she seems to say I think that the Israeli government’s behaviour in occupying Palestinian lands [indistinct audio] and generally behaving like a conqueror is conducive to peace. And I think that’s what drives people to be hostile to the Jewish community in this country.”

She then goes on to criticise the security precautions taken to defend a synogogue in Cyncoed, Cardiff  – by saying I think the Jewish community has a responsibility to try and promote peace in the Middle East. …Coming back on the fact that the Jewish synagogue in Cyncoed is one of these, you know, fortress, is really uncomfortable. How much of it is for real and how much of it is in their own heads is really hard for an outsider to judge, but I think siege mentalities are also a part of this.”

In happier times Labour AM Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central sat directly behind the First Minister Carwyn Jones

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has called Ms Rathbone’s comments “totally unacceptable” and has submitted the matter to the general secretary of the Labour Party for “investigation”.

Carwyn Jones – who now has less than a month left in office – said  “The chief whip, whose role this is, will be looking at what disciplinary action to take and will make a report to our group on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile Jewish leaders have described Ms Rathbone’s comments as  “inexcusable.

Now Cardiff South and Penarth AM Stephen Doughty has published a message on “Twitter”

Stephen Doughty (Labour MP Cardiff South and Penarth) had initially not made any direct criticism of Jenny Rathbone – but later last night tweeted that he was “appalled and saddened by these comments from Jenny”

Stephen Doughty – in the white shirt on the left –  at the vanguard of the pro-Gaza Pro-Palestinian protest demonstration against Israel in Cardiff in 2014 which later (after he had left the march ) led to one of the worst outbreaks of violence ever seen in the city (Photo Jim Wood)

Doughty’s condemnation of Ms Rathbone may surprise some who recall Doughty’s participation in a  pro-Palestinian anti-Israeli demonstration in Cardiff in 2014  – a march which in its later stages (after Doughty had left it)  led to one of the worst outbreaks of violence ever seen in the city.

Penarth AM and Welsh Labour leadership candidate Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for  Cardiff South and Penarth) said: “I do not agree with Jenny Rathbone’s comments. We have to demonstrate leadership that is consistent with our values and stamp out anti-Semitism” .



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  1. Bob Green says:

    What’s happening with the mud dumping.

    • NewsNet says:

      No further news yet on when – or whether – the further dumping of Hinkley Point mud off Penarth would be resumed. EDF said they would require a new licence to be issued to them before they could dump any more mud.

    • Peter D says:

      Good question.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      How about showing these people just how “deeply sorry” and visit to the School Children of both Israel and the Gaza where the Rockets fall on the Playgrounds of Palestinian and Israeli children on an almost daily basis.

  2. Christopher -David says:

    The Jewish population in the UK at 2016 was reported as 290,000. That miniscule. So why are they so high profile and why are people- especially the Labour party continually apologising to them? Why do the press constantly report on these Jewish spats? Does anyone not in the Labour party actually take any notice?

    • Frank Evans says:

      A comment there from racist mark me thinks

    • Lesley says:

      You have outdone yourself this time Christopher

      • Christopher -David says:

        Jewish is not a race, there are Jews of many races. The Jewish religion is Judaism. A person descending from followers of Judaism may identify as a Jew/Jewish even if they are an atheist or agnostic because of Jewish culture which developed parallel to but separately from the religion. Source: yahoo corroborated. So put on your dunce cap Evans. I’m happy say I couldn’t (collectively- some individuals are great people and rather good comedians, a bit like some here 😉 ) give a monkeys about a worldwide minority that has a knack for continually getting itself into hot water. Far more important things to address and you chaps (especially the undermined Labour louts) just don’t get you are being manipulated in your PC insular world.

  3. Penileaks says:

    Isn’t it strange and sad that someone who voices their opinion and a true one in my own opinion, can get so criticised, condemned, investigated and probably eventually disciplined for them.

  4. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    “I think that the Israeli government’s behaviour in occupying Palestinian lands [indistinct audio] and generally behaving like a conqueror is conducive to peace.” It was given to them by God, you see Boyos.

  5. Lord of the Bay says:

    The British Left like to lecture us about tolerance and diversity, but seem to be incapable of extending that tolerance to one of the most successful and well-integrated communities in our society. Old battleaxes like Jenny Rathbone have a lot to learn.

  6. Andrew Worsley says:

    Just what is it with the Jews?????????????????????

  7. Dunc says:

    Condemning the Russian occupation of and policies towards the Crimea is not classed as anti Orthodox and disagreeing with the policies of the Israeli state is not in itself anti Semitic.

    If “It was our land 2000 years ago” is a valid property claim then it is about time the Welsh got London back. I’d suggest we start with Twickenham on religious grounds.

    American policy towards the creation of the state of Israel was driven by a desire to bring about the end of the world as foretold in Revelations. No great surprise if it doesn’t end well.

  8. Louise C says:

    Maybe the size of Britain’s jewish community is the reason it feels threatened.
    Criticism of Irael is perfectly possible without being anti-semitic, as demonstrated by our MP.

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