New York Daily News

Attacks on Jews traced to hate speech by Kanye West


Kanye West’s hateful rants against Jews has directly led to at least 30 antisemiti­c incidents in recent months, the Anti-Defamation League said Monday.

The rapper (photo), who goes by the name Ye, was cited by haters who carried out vandalism, harassment and propaganda campaigns aimed at Jews, according to the group that fights hate speech.

A 63-year-old Jewish man was beaten in Central Park by an attacker shouting “Ye 2024.”

“Kanye West’s repeated anti-Semitic remarks — and his dredging up some of the worst anti-Jewish tropes imaginable — are inspiring people to commit real-world acts of hate,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL.

In recent incident, a 63-year-old Jewish man was beaten in Central Park by an attacker shouting “Ye 2024.”

Often using the catch phrase “Ye Is Right,” the incidents have allowed hatred of Jews to reach into the mainstream on college campuses and among the rapper’s millions of loyal fans.

West, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, made headlines last October when he vowed to “go DEFCON 3 on the Jewish people.”

He spent several days giving interviews in which he accused wealthy Jews of controllin­g the media and manipulati­ng prominent Black celebritie­s and athletes.

“I like Hitler,” he said in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

West has since been dropped by major brands including adidas.

West, who says he may run for president in 2024, brought white nationalis­t Nick Fuentes with him to a dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The former president defended the sit-down by claiming that neither man said anything racist or antisemiti­c to him.

Since the controvers­y erupted, more than 10,000 tweets have used the “Ye is Right” slogan, the ADL said. These posts have reached at least 6 million users on Twitter, garnering more than 22,000 likes and more than 5,000 retweets.

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