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Kanye West apologizes to the Jewish community — in Hebrew

(JTA) – A year after a series of antisemitic tirades against the Jewish community, Kanye West, the rapper and fashion mogul who now goes by Ye, has posted what appears to be an apology, written entirely in Hebrew.

“I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions,” he posted in Hebrew to his 18 million followers on Instagram and nearly 32 million followers on X. “It was not my intention to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused.”

“I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future. Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity,” it continues. 

The post raised some eyebrows, especially the fact that it was written in Hebrew with no English translation provided. One commenter wrote, “Takes a lot of chutzpah to google translate a weak-sauce apology into Hebrew,” before comparing the rapper to Amalek, an enemy of the Israelites in the Hebrew Bible. 

Another Jewish user commented, “Lol. Using Hebrew to apologize so his fans can’t read it. Can’t even write in English anywhere on the post as he’s too embarrassed to be seen apologising to us Jews … coincidence his album is out soon? Give me a break.”

For others, the apology was cautiously well-received. 

After causing untold damage by using his vast influence and platform to poison countless minds with vicious antisemitism and hate, an apology in Hebrew may be the first step on a long journey towards making amends to the Jewish community and all those who he has hurt,” the Anti-Defamation League posted on X. “Ultimately, actions will speak louder than words but this initial act of contrition is welcome,” the organization, which tracks and combats antisemitic activity, wrote. 

The short missive, currently the 46-year-old rapper’s only post on Instagram, has garnered over 1.2 million likes in just ten hours. West also posted the statement on X, one of just three posts there.  

West made headlines last fall after a series of comments across social media and in public appearance alleging Jewish control of the music industry and for citing a baseless doctrine that Black Jews are the only authentic Jews. On X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, he vowed to “go death con 3” on Jewish critics of some of his antisemitic posts. During an appearance on the far-right show “InfoWars,” with Alex Jones, he said “I like Hitler” and “Hitler had a lot of redeeming qualities.” He also brought along the white supremacist Nick Fuentes to a dinner with Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago and tweeted a photo of a swastika

The posts lost him millions of dollars in sponsorships and briefly got him suspended from X. 

The apology arrives just ahead of the release of his forthcoming album “Vultures,” made in collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, which was originally supposed to arrive mid-December but was delayed until Jan. 12. The statement could be a way of getting in front of potential antisemitic allegations when the album is released. In a single for the album that was released on Nov. 17 — also titled “Vultures” — West raps, “How I’m antisemitic? I just f–d a Jewish b–h/I just f–d Scooter’s b–h and we ran up like Olympics.” The line is referring to West’s Jewish former manager Scooter Braun and possibly his ex-wife Yael Cohen.

West’s apology also arrives during a period of rising antisemitism in the United States and Europe as well as during the war between Israel and Hamas. 

Some users suggested their own ideas for how West might make amends in light of recent events. “Start by going to ISRAEL immediately & speak to families of Hostages & witness the devastation with your own eyes,” wrote the actor and comedian Michael Rapaport. 

The Jewish-Israeli rapper Rami Even-Esh, whose stage name is Kosha Dillz, suggested an “Album release in israel, switch all scooter lines, and donate $$ to Hatzalah,” the Jewish ambulance corps. He also suggested that Ye open forthcoming concerts with Israeli and Palestinian rappers.


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Treasure Trove: David Matlow explains how this stag became the symbol for the Israeli mail system

Isadore Schalit(1871-1953) was one of Theodor Herzl’s first assistants and a main organizer of the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897. He opened all of the Zionist Congresses through to the 23rd Congress in Jerusalem in 1951 by knocking a hammer on the chairman’s table. Schalit moved to Palestine in 1938 This is Schalit’s mailbox which […]

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IDF Announces Major Eyal Shuminov Killed by Anti-Tank Missile in Gaza

Eyal Shuminov. Photo: IDF Spokesperson

 

i24 NewsDuring a raid on Gaza’s Zeytun neighborhood, Major Eyal Shuminov of the Givati Brigade was tragically killed by an anti-tank missile.

The incident occurred when IDF forces identified a Hamas terrorist on the roof of a building and subsequently eliminated him.

Major Shuminov, a company commander in the Shaked Battalion (424) of the Givati Brigade, hailed from Karmiel and was just 24 years old at the time of his death. The IDF announced that he fell in battle on the 24th of Adar HaSphad (February 24, 2024).

His death marks the loss of 238 IDF soldiers since the start of the ground invasion in Gaza.

Following his death, Major Shuminov was posthumously promoted from the rank of captain to the rank of major. The IDF has extended its condolences to Major Shuminov’s family and pledged to continue supporting them during this difficult time.

The post IDF Announces Major Eyal Shuminov Killed by Anti-Tank Missile in Gaza first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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Netanyahu: Cabinet Will Vote on Rafah Operation Next Week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 28, 2023. Photo: ABIR SULTAN POOL/Pool via REUTERS

i24 NewsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed plans for a cabinet meeting next week to finalize the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) strategy for an operation in Rafah, including the evacuation of civilians from the area.

The decision comes amid ongoing negotiations with Hamas regarding the release of hostages held by the militant group.

In a statement posted on social media platform X on Saturday, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of reaching a new framework for the release of hostages and the completion of the elimination of Hamas battalions in Rafah. He underscored the necessity of a combination of military pressure and diplomatic negotiations to achieve these objectives.

“We are working to obtain another outline for the release of our hostages, as well as the completion of the elimination of the Hamas battalions in Rafah. That is why I sent a delegation to Paris, and tonight, we will discuss the next steps in the negotiations,” Netanyahu stated in his post.

אנו פועלים להשיג מתווה נוסף לשחרור חטופינו, וכן את השלמת חיסול גדודי החמאס ברפיח.

לכן שלחתי משלחת לפריז ונדון הערב בצעדים הבאים במו״מ,

ולכן בתחילת השבוע אכנס את הקבינט לאישור התוכניות המבצעיות לפעולה ברפיח, כולל פינוי האוכלוסייה האזרחית משם.

רק שילוב של לחץ צבאי ומשא ומתן תקיף…

— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) February 24, 2024

The prime minister’s announcement signals a significant escalation in Israel’s approach to the ongoing conflict, with plans for a potential military operation in Rafah gaining momentum.

Netanyahu concluded his statement by reaffirming the government’s determination to achieve its goals in the war, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive strategy that combines military action with diplomatic efforts.

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