Celebrity rapper Kanye West, who has recently renamed himself and now appears as "Ye", threatened to go "death con 3 on the Jews" in an apparent antisemitic Twitter rant. Ye followed this up by claiming that he can't be antisemitic "because black people are actually Jew."
"You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda," continued Ye.
The Black Israelites cult, with a large following in the Israeli city of Dimona, as well as black supremacists consider themselves the "true" descendants of the Biblical Israelites. Based on Ye's statements, some have suggested the rap mogul either associates with the Black Hebrews or has bought into antisemitic propaganda.
After being removed from the social media platform, Ye tweeted: "Who do you think is responsible for cancel culture," in another possible dig at the Jewish people.
In Thursday's interview with Fox's Tucker Carlson, Ye said the Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain were signed because former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner wanted to "make money" from the deal.
Ye recently made waves by saying he believes Christians should form kibbutz communities modeled off the Jewish versions, to help foster a sense of togetherness.
“We need Christian kibbutz, we can have communities,” West said on the “Drink Champs” hip-hop podcast.
“Jewish people have this type of circular community… it’s like where they live, and where we need to live, where the grandparents can take care of the kids,” he said. “It’s better to have a grandparent taking care of the kids than a nanny taking care of kids — hired love. You get what I’m saying? That we move as a community, and as a community, we will not fail.”
It isn’t clear if West has ever visited a kibbutz, the collectively owned community format that Jews pioneered even before the establishment of the State of Israel. But the rapper and Kim Kardashian, who is seeking a divorce from him, have visited Israel several times. In 2015, when West performed near Tel Aviv, the couple visited Jerusalem to baptize their daughter in an Armenian church in the Old City.
Perhaps the connection to Israeli kibbutz culture comes from a different source — Kardashian purchased quartz for kitchen countertops in the couple’s home back in 2013 from Israeli kibbutz Sdot Yam, which led to a deal to distribute the company’s products in the United States through Ikea.
West’s remarks spurred an invitation from the Kibbutz Movement, the umbrella group that includes most of Israel’s 279 kibbutzim.
The Kibbutz Movement reported that it had received tens of thousands of applications by interested residents during the year of pandemic lockdown.
West has become a fervently religious figure in recent years, releasing multiple albums about his newfound Christian outlook.
“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible,” he said about his name change in August. “In the [New Testament] Bible it means you. So, I’m you. I’m us.”