Israeli President Isaac Herzog said Wednesday that he was “very happy” with the “huge reaction” to recent anti-Semitic comments by rapper and fashion designer Ye, also known as Kanye West.
“We are worried about anti-Semitism all over the world. It’s anti-Semitism, racism, racism, xenophobia – these are the challenges of the time, but history teaches us, it usually starts with hating Jews, blaming Jews, with the terrible rhetoric that people say,” Herzog told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The Situation Room” when asked about anti-Semitism in the United States and the situation around the West.
“And that’s why I’m so happy, objectively, as an Israeli, and as a Jew and as a human being; I’m so happy to see this tremendous backlash against Kanye West’s comments,” he continued.
Herzog’s response followed a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden early Wednesday, in which the White House said Biden “condemned the enduring scourge of anti-Semitism” and came amid corporate backlash against Ye for anti-Semitic comments and wearing a T-shirt with the slogan. White Lives Matter.”
In recent weeks, retailers, social media platforms, celebrities, and fashion and entertainment companies have pulled out of business deals with the rapper.
In early October, she wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt and several Black models wore the same phrase at the YZY show at Paris Fashion Week; the slogan has been linked by the Anti-Defamation League to the Klu Klux Klan.
Ye also recently said “I can say anti-Semitic sh*t and Adidas can’t stop me” in an anti-Jewish tirade on the Drink Champs Podcast, as well as threatening to “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” on Twitter.
Adidas and others have ended their collaborations with him.
Herzog told Blitzer on Wednesday that when it comes to anti-Semitism, “the lessons are clear.”
“It’s a global problem,” he said. “We see it in many places. We also assume that whenever you have an energy crisis, another economic crisis, the first culprits, unfortunately, throughout history, are the Jews. The lessons are clear.”
“We have raised our voice loud and clear on this issue. It is a matter of morality, which goes beyond any other matter of our relations with other nations. We have raised our voices loud and clear on this issue. ”