Israeli President says he’s ‘extraordinarily happy’ with Kanye West fallout after antisemitic remarks


Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday mentioned he’s “extremely pleased” with the “overwhelming reaction” to latest antisemitic feedback from rapper and dressmaker Ye, often known as Kanye West.

“We’re all concerned by antisemitism all over the world. It’s antisemitism, it’s racist, it’s racism, xenophobia – these are the challenges of the era, but history teaches us, usually it starts with hating Jews, with blaming Jews, with terrible rhetoric that people say,” Herzog advised CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” when requested about antisemitism in the US and the scenario surrounding West.

“And that’s why I’m extremely pleased, objectively, as an Israeli, and Jew, and human being – I’m extremely pleased to see this overwhelming reaction against the comments by Kanye West,” he continued.

Herzog’s response adopted a bilateral assembly with President Joe Biden earlier Wednesday, throughout which the White Home mentioned Biden “condemned the persistent scourge of anti-Semitism,” and got here amid a company backlash in opposition to Ye for antisemitic feedback and carrying a shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter.”

Within the latest weeks, retailers, social media platforms, celebrities and trend and leisure firms have peeled away from enterprise alliances with the rapper.

In early October, he wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt and dressed a number of Black fashions in clothes with the identical phrase at his YZY runway present at Paris trend week; the slogan has been linked by the Anti-Defamation League to the Klu Klux Klan.

Ye additionally not too long ago mentioned “I can say antisemitic sh*t and Adidas cannot drop me,” throughout a tirade in opposition to Jews on the Drink Champs Podcast, in addition to threatened on Twitter to “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”

Adidas and others have since ended partnerships with him.

Herzog advised Blitzer on Wednesday that with regards to antisemitism, “the lessons are clear.”

“It’s a global problem,” he mentioned. “We see it in many places. We also assume that whenever you have an energy crisis, another economic crisis, the first ones to be blamed, unfortunately, throughout history, are the Jews. The lessons are clear.”

“We raised our voice loud and clear on this problem. It’s a difficulty of morality which matches manner past some other problem of the connection that we have now with others nations. We raised our voice loud and clear on this problem. “