In response to anti-Semitic remarks made by Kanye West, also known as Ye, a group of protesters hung banners from a Los Angeles freeway overpass this weekend, photos from onlookers show.
West has recently gone on a series of anti-Semitic outbursts, most notably on October 8 when he tweeted that he would “go 3 with death.” [sic] ON THE JEWS,” and also, “You’ve been playing with me and trying to target anyone who opposes your agenda,” without specifying which group he was leading, according to Internet Archive Wayback Machine records obtained by CNN.
His tweet has since been removed, and Twitter has blocked his account. In an interview after the controversial tweet, West told Piers Morgan that he felt sorry for the people he had hurt, although he said he did not regret making the remark.
Photos taken on Saturday show a small group of protesters with their arms raised behind banners that appear to look like Nazi salutes that read, “You know it” and “Kanye is right about the Jews.”
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon condemned the incident Twitter On Sunday, saying: “We cannot condone the #Antisemitism that was on full display today [Saturday] on an LA Fwy. #WhiteSupremacy is a cancer that needs to be eradicated. This message is dangerous and cannot be normalized. I stand with the Jewish community in condemning this disgusting behavior.’
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also took part Twitter, saying, “we condemn the anti-Semitic events of this weekend. Jewish Angelenos should always feel safe. There is no place for discrimination or prejudice in Los Angeles. And we will never back down in the fight to expose and eliminate it.”
The number of attacks, vandalism and harassment targeting Jewish communities and individuals in the United States was the highest on record in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
A total of 2,717 anti-Semitic incidents were reported last year – the highest on record, according to an ADL audit released in April. That was a 34% increase from the 2,026 incidents reported in 2020, the group said.
“This is an incredible effort to fan the flames of anti-Semitism sweeping the nation,” said ADL Los Angeles Regional Director Jeffrey Abrams. statement he posted on the team’s Twitter account on Sunday. “This group, known for espousing anti-Semitism and white supremacist ideology, is now capitalizing on Ye’s anti-Semitism and is proof that hate begets more hate.”
Abrams called out Adidas, which is considering its partnership with West, saying that “adidas decisive action against anti-Semitism is long overdue.”
CNN was unable to reach a representative for West for comment.