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LOS ANGELES — The fallout from the display of anti-Semitic hatred on banners hung over the 405 freeway on Saturday by the “Goyim Defense League,” a neo-Nazi white supremacist group led by hate speech purveyor Jon Minadeo II, continued on Monday.
Minadeo and his band told the media that they were acting in “support” of rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye. The group saluted the Nazis as they stood behind a large banner that read ‘Kanye is right about the Jews,’ according to footage collected by anti-discrimination organizations and Jewish residents of Los Angeles appalled by the group’s message and shared on Twitter and other social media platforms. .
West has engaged in several hateful and intolerant rants on podcasts and social media posts in which he has commented on the supposed collective power and control of the Jewish people.
At West’s recent appearance on the Drink Champs podcasthe blamed ‘Jewish Zionists’ for reports that his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and then-boyfriend Pete Davidson had sex next to a fireplace, claimed ‘Jews owned the black voice,” and described Disney as Jewish. Platform.
In the same Drink champions podcast, which was removed from Youtube, West also claimed that Jews “made money from lawyers” by divorcing Christians because Catholics refused to do so.
On Monday, CAA, the prominent Hollywood talent agency, stopped representing Ye amid growing calls for a boycott of the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. The agency ended its relationship with Ye following his recent anti-Semitic outbursts in various interviews, according to a person with knowledge of the situation speaking to the Los Angeles Times.
Reaction to the hate-filled posting included White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre earlier Monday, who tweeted:
.@POTUS ran to heal the soul of the nation after years of hatred and division. As part of this healing, we must expose anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head. These actions in Los Angeles are disgusting and must be condemned.https://t.co/6B3TpLRqiT
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) October 24, 2022
California Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) and State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), chairman and vice chairman of the California Jewish Legislative Caucus released a statement Monday saying, “ Words have consequences. Kanye West threatened Jews, and now other extremists are openly threatening our Jewish community with hateful banners on the 405 Freeway and distributing appalling anti-Semitic propaganda in our neighborhoods.
“We are proud to be Jews and we will not remain silent when hatred and bigotry are openly directed against our Jewish community or any other community in California.
“Any company – including Adidas – that continues to do business with Kanye West is part of this attack on Jews. It is morally indefensible to turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism and put profit before the safety of Jews or others targeted by hatred.
“We are grateful to those who have spoken out in solidarity with our Jewish community. Together, we will build a stronger and more secure state.
Governor Gavin Newsom reacted to Saturday’s incident and ongoing acts of anti-Semitism:
“This weekend’s public display of anti-Semitic hatred is another wake-up call to all of us that we must remain vigilant to protect our values and freedoms as Californians,” Governor Newsom said. “The former president gave a platform to extremists spouting hate speech and we continue to see the dangerous consequences – from the January 6 insurrection to Nazi salutes and anti-Jewish signs on the 405 Freeway. here in California. Our state is committed to protecting our diverse communities and will continue to lead the fight against racial, ethnic and religious hatred wherever it turns its ugly head.
In Los Angeles, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in an emailed statement noted:
“The poison of hate has no place, and the rise of anti-Semitism in so many places, including Los Angeles, is deeply troubling. It’s hard to imagine the malevolence required to expose such despicable words and gestures to the public, and the bigoted mindset required to think this way in the first place.
These acts are part of an alarming trend of heinous verbal and literal attacks on Jews here and everywhere. History has shown that ignorance, bigotry and hatred breed violence. Those of us who believe in and celebrate our pluralism and our diversity must oppose it loud and clear. We absolutely cannot be silent.
Speaking to reporters Monday at the daily briefing, the topic came up when the White House press questioned the press secretary:
Q With the visit of the Israeli president, this comes at a time when there has been a noticeable increase in some significant anti-Semitism and questions about how Republicans react to this, how the culture reacts to this.
What is the President’s opinion on how this might even influence the visit or be a topic of the visit or how he thinks the country should react to this? Kanye West was one of them. Others were invited to respond to the corporate side of such notable instances.
MRS. JEAN-PIERRE: So I could — I could just speak on behalf of the President and how he feels. And he feels that he and our administration should respond to it.
Let’s not forget that the President ran – on the healing – on the healing of the soul of our nation – right? — after years of — some years of division, years of hatred.
And so, he was very, very — very clear about that and how important it is to make sure he does that in this administration.
So, when racism or anti-Semitism comes to the fore, he will denounce it. And he called her. We should not allow this conversation to exist – not just in political discourse but in our – in our daily lives.
And so, that’s something that we’re going to keep – shouting, that the president is going to shout. It’s ugly. It’s dangerous. It is despicable.
And he believes that — that we should con- — we should, as leaders — political party leaders, leaders — it doesn’t matter if you’re — what side of the aisle you’re sitting on, you should — we should call that. And that’s something that, again, he’s going to condemn. And he’s going to be very, very clear in saying that in the strongest terms.
Q Does he think others have been timid in this area?
MRS. JEAN-PIERRE: Listen, I already talked about it, when we saw the situation in Los Angeles and when I was asked about the members of the city council, specifically in Los Angeles. And they were Democrats, and we were very clear: it doesn’t matter if there’s a “D” or an “R” after your name, but we should call it.
And the sad thing about that is you see Republicans – Republicans in Congress who – who make these awful – and not just in Congress, but, you know, through – through the – through the specter, make them truly despicable and despicable – despicable comments about racism and anti-Semitism. And they don’t call – they don’t call him.
And that – and that’s going to be – that’s not going to be the way the president is going to handle situations like this. He’ll call her no matter what side of the aisle you’re sitting on, no matter, again, if there’s a “D” or an “R” after your name.
There is no place – no place at all for this type of belief or despicable language in our political discourse.