Jews Were Once Loved in Wales

Many myths have shaped the relationship between the Welsh and the Jews. Present in Wales since medieval times, Jews have been episodically welcomed, expelled, admired and more recently been regarded with hostility on account of modern-day Welsh identification with the fate of the Palestinians.

Israel is a country often compared in its geographical size to Wales. This may seem an odd comparison (particularly as the former is long and thin compared to latter being short and fat), but the relationship between Wales, Palestine, Israel and the Jews has a long history.

Little has been written about the experience of Jews in Wales compared to the extensive coverage of the Jewish...