Kanye West most to blame for antisemitism rise, report

According to report issued by Wiesenthal Center, entertainer's spread of hatred on social media emboldening other influencers to do the same; warns of antisemitism being monetized

Itamar Eichner|
Kanye West, Ye is the most to blame for the rise in antisemitism in the U.S. a report by the Wiesenthal Center, released on Thursday claims.
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  • “[West]used his unparalleled social media influence to morph these historic tropes into a firestorm of real-time anti-Semitism—absorbed by millions, and inspiring acts of hate against Jews—living and dead,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Director Global Social Action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a press conference in Jerusalem.
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    קניה ווסט. מחוללי האנטישמיות הגדולים ביותר הם המשפיענים
    קניה ווסט. מחוללי האנטישמיות הגדולים ביותר הם המשפיענים
    Kanye West found most responsible for rise of antisemitism in Wiesenthal Center report
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    Cooper said white supremacists and neo-Nazis were ready for someone like a Kanye West to come, and they were so fast to take advantage of it, that they're now marketing sweatshirts with swastikas and Stars of David with the swastika embedded in there,” he said adding that the monetizing of antisemitism,” was one of the greatest concerns."
    According to the report, West shared his antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media inspiring other influencers such as NBA's Kyrie Irving, who posted an antisemitic film to his 22.5 million followers.
    His influence grew further after news broke of his dinner with former president Donald Trump and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.
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     Nick Fuentes, Donald Trump, Kanye West
     Nick Fuentes, Donald Trump, Kanye West
    Nick Fuentes, Donald Trump, Kanye West
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    Cooper said the rising antisemitism around the world is an existential threat to the Jewish people and Israel and the world must work together to defeat it.
    “we have a chance at pushing… the social media companies to change and upgrade the way in which they deal with the extremists,” he said.
    The report names the UN Council for Human Rights as the second most culpable for antisemitism, claiming it has demonized Israel and normalized antisemitic rhetoric.
    It also names Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who belittled the Holocaust during a visit to Germany earlier this year and claimed Palestinians suffered 50 Holocausts.

    The Media Line contributed to this report

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