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Antisemitism: Kanye West’s public apology rejected by Jewish organisations

Jewish organisations, StopAntisemitism and the American Jewish Organisation, have rejected the public apology of the famous American rapper and fashion designer, Kanye Omari West, popularly known as Kanye West or Ye.

The organisations insisted that the rapper would have to do more if he wanted to apologise for his anti-Semitic attacks.

Recall that Kanye West, had in 2022, in a post deleted by Twitter, shared a screenshot of a text exchange between himself and Diddy, in which allegedly appeared to show West claiming that Combs was controlled by Jewish people.

He wrote: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight, but when I wake up, I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” (sic)

His anti-Semitic comments drew backlash from Jewish celebrities and politicians, as the American Jewish Committee, AJC, in a statement, immediately called out West’s language for perpetuating “anti-Semitic tropes like greed and control.”

However, after a lengthy break from Instagram, Kanye returned recently and issued an apology to the Jewish community in the form of a tribute post to Jonah Hill as he disavowed the anti-semitic tropes he spewed on platforms like Fox News and Drink Champs in 2022.

He wrote: “Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again. No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people. No Christian can be labelled antisemite knowing Jesus is a Jew. Thank you, Jonah Hill, I love you.”

But a few Jewish organisations say it’s inadequate, especially after the harm he caused.

AJC rep Richard Hirschhaut said, “It is a little odd that all it might take for Kanye to renounce his vile antisemitism is to watch an 11-year-old Jonah Hill movie. Whether or not Kanye is sincere, only he knows.”

Executive director of StopAntisemitism, Liora Rez, said ”Joking about a movie with Jonah Hill is not the apology that the Jewish people deserve from West, particularly when his antisemitic tirades continue to have a dangerous trickle down effect of hatred against Jews.”

Stop Antisemitism previously labelled Ye the “Antisemite Of The Year.”

After which, the ADL said his comments were linked to 30 antisemitic incidents in the U.S.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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