Some anti-fascist groups have spoken out after anti-Semitic groups hung a “Kanye is right about the Jews” banner over a highway.
The demonstration took place in Los Angeles over the weekend and the protesters gave a Nazi salute behind the bust.
West has made several anti-Semitic outbursts in recent weeks, blaming “Jewish media” and “Jewish Zionists” for alleged misdeeds while appearing on the Drink Champs podcast, saying that “Jewish people have after taking the black voice” and “the Jewish community. , especially in the music industry… will bring and milk us to death.”
He also made similar anti-Semitic comments on Fox News, on LeBron James’ talk show The Shop, and during a recent interview with NewsNation host Chris Cuomo, where he said he “doesn’t believe” in the term anti-Semitism.
“It’s not just words,” said Sam Yebri, a lawyer and former board member of the Anti-Defamation League. “There is clearly a connection between white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements.”
“Kanye’s comments give more air and momentum to the hate that was previously confined to the dark corners of the Internet,” continued Yebri in an interview with the LA Times. “Now it’s showing up in neighborhoods, in people’s homes and all over Los Angeles,” with a series of anti-Semitic leaflets scattered throughout the city.
“It’s another example of extremists finding common ground in Jew-hatred,” said Liora Rez, executive director of StopAnti-Semitism.
“While the 1st Amendment can protect the outrageous and egregious behavior of the Goyim Defense League (which allegedly organized the rally), it is clearly a campaign of harassment aimed at the Jewish people.”
Oren Segal, Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, told the LA Times that the overpass rally was “the latest example of how extremists across the ideological spectrum have embraced” Western rhetoric. Kanye’s outbursts “contributed to the spread of false and hateful narratives that have long been shared by extremist groups,” he said.
Many artists, celebrities, politicians and organizations criticized West for his comments, including Jack Antonoff, John Legend, David Schwimmer, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ye’s behavior led to the separation or suspension of business partnerships, including those with bank JPMorgan Chase and sportswear brand Adidas.
Balenciaga also cut ties with West over his anti-Semitic views, and his record label Universal Music Group shared a statement denouncing anti-Semitism.