An antisemitic hate group was behind a sign hanging on a busy Los Angeles highway on Saturday saying “Kane was right about the Jews,” watch groups said, after Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made a series of anti-Semitic comments in recent weeks.
A number of people were seen raising their arms in a Nazi salute as they stood behind the banner and another sign that read: “Trumpet if you know.” A third banner promoted a video platform broadcasting antisemitic content operated by the Air Defense League, a network of antisemitic conspiracy theorists.
StopAntisemitism.org, a non-profit group dedicated to documenting antisemitic behavior He said The GDL was responsible for hanging the signs over Highway 405.
“Hate has no place in Los Angeles or anywhere else, and these attempts will not divide us,” she said.
A number of prominent figures spoke out over the weekend against the recent rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Actor and producer Reese Witherspoon wrote in tweet Sunday night.
“I totally understand why my Jewish friends/colleagues are so afraid for their families,” she said. “This is a very scary time.”
“I support my Jewish friends and the Jewish people,” comedian and actress Amy Schumer said in an Instagram post.
“Los Angeles is a city of belonging, not hate,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.
“The Jewish Angelino should always feel safe,” he said. “There is no place for discrimination or prejudice in Los Angeles. We will never back down from the struggle to expose and eradicate it.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. He said He was also “horrified by the vile anti-Semitism that has surfaced in Los Angeles this weekend.”
“Tragically it shows the power that some have to amplify the language of hate, and how quickly others can be persuaded to express their bigotry,” he said, referring to Yi’s recent comments, without naming the rapper outright. “We must condemn hate wherever we see it – immediately and forcefully.”
The incident comes after Yi, who has been open about his mental health difficulties and has a history of sporadic posting online, made a number of anti-Semitic comments on social media, which led to the rapper seeing his Twitter and Instagram accounts temporarily restricted.
The producers of the online talk show “The Shop” also pulled an episode of the rapper after they said he used “very dangerous hate speech and stereotypes” during the recording.
As the rapper faced increasing backlash over his comments, it was announced last week that Yi had agreed to buy conservative social media app Parler.
Parlement Technologies, Parler’s parent company, announced last Monday that it had “entered into an agreement in principle to sell Parler” to Ye, who said it was “taking a bold stand against his recent oversight of Big Tech.”
NBC News has contacted Ye’s representative for comment.
The Anti-Defamation League warned that “extremists across the ideological spectrum,” including members of the GDL, are espousing Yi’s anti-Semitic statements and celebrating news of his plans to acquire Parler.
In addition to Saturday’s incident, the association said the GDL was also trying to “take advantage of Yi’s comments by targeting the black community with their propaganda and seeking to convince black people that Jews are a global enemy.”
The Anti-Defamation League said members of the group’s Telegram chat were seen discussing new initiatives related to Ye’s comments, including creating posts blaming Jews for the transatlantic slave trade, while some members claimed they specifically targeted black neighborhoods during Recent promotional distributions.
The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments said they were investigating anti-Semitic pamphlets distributed in Beverly Hills, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was not clear if it was linked to Saturday’s incident. Police departments did not immediately respond to a request overnight for more information.
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