A surge in anti-Jewish vitriolThe world-famous rapper, a NBA star, and other prominent people spread the word about. fears Public figures encourage hate and increase violence risk in countries by normalizing it already experiencing a sharp increase in antisemitism.

The U.S. Jewish community leaders and extremism specialists were shocked to see celebrities spewing antisemitic tropes in ways that had been taboo since decades. Some believe it recalls a dark time in America, when powerful people spread conspiracy theories about Jews with impunity.

Donald Trump, Former President hosted a Holocaust-denying white supremacist Mar-a-Lago. In an interview, Ye spoke out in love with Adolf Hitler. Kyrie Irving is a basketball star appeared to promote an antisemitic film Social media. Neo-Nazi trolls want to be reintroduced to Twitter as the new CEO of Elon Musk grants “amnesty” to suspended accounts.

“These are not fringe outliers sending emails from their parents garage or idiots no one has ever heard of. When influential mainstream cultural, political and even sports icons normalize hate speech, everyone needs to be very concerned,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, a leader in South Florida’s Jewish community.

Northwestern University history professor Peter HayesAccording to a specialist in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and other related topics, normalizing antisemitism would be a mistake. “real possibility” If there is a “public discussion of things that used to be beneath contempt.”

“I’m very concerned about it,” Hayes said. “It’s one of the many ways in which America has to get a grip and and stop toying with concepts and ideas that are potentially murderous.”

Trump hosted Ye — the rapper formerly known as Kanye West — and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes for dinner at his Florida home on Nov. 22.

Fuentes was a Boston University student When he attended a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, In 2017, violence broke out in the area. Fuentes became an internet celebrity who spread antisemitic and white supremacist views through his website. Fuentes is the leader of a far-right extremist group called “America First,” Supporters known as “Groypers.”

Fuentes and Ye appeared on Thursday’s Infowars program hosted by Alex Jones. Ye gave Hitler praises during the interview, increasing the rhetoric that has already cost him a lucrative Adidas business deal.

Antisemitism is a growing trend ‘societal problem’

Jonathan Greenblatt is the national director and CEO at The Anti-Defamation League, said it is astonishing and alarming that two of the nation’s leading purveyors of antisemitism were “breaking bread with the erstwhile head of the GOP.”

“I would characterize this as the normalization of antisemitism. It has now become part of the political process in a way we hadn’t seen before,” Greenblatt said. “And that is not unique to Republicans. It is not just a Republican problem. It is a societal problem.”

The majority of Americans knew what it was. “beyond the pale” when torch-toting white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia’s campus on the eve of the 2017 rally, said Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for AmericaA group that backed a lawsuit against organizers of the Charlottesville rally.

“What’s even more dangerous than Nazis with torches chanting, ‘Jews will not replace us,’ is when we have political leaders and others espousing those same conspiracy theories in increasingly normalized ways,” She said.

Spitalnick claimed that Ye’s hatred can make mild expressions of antisemitism appear more normal.

“It’s crucial that we hold Kanye and Irving and these other public figures accountable for their antisemitism. But it means nothing if we’re not also recognizing and holding accountable the ways in which this antisemitism and extremism has seeped into the mainstream of one of our major political parties and become commonplace in our political discourse,” She said.

Trump’s critics and even some of his allies condemned the former president for hosting Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago. Trump claimed he didn’t know anything about Fuentes at the dinner but defended Ye’s decision to host Ye.

Twitter suspended Ye’s account This week, Ye tweeted a photo of a swastika that was merged with the Star of David. Musk tweeted that Ye had incited violence.

Musk last week announced that his “amnesty” plan applied to accounts that haven’t “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” Experts in online safety predict that this move will cause an increase in hate speech and harassment.

Twitter groups that monitor for anti-semitic and racist content have found that toxic speech has increased in the past month since Musk took control of the platform and fired thousands. Among those who lost their jobs were content moderators.

Also, watchdogs are available rebuked Musk for some of his own tweetsThis includes posting a meme Pepe the Frog, A cartoon character was taken over by far-right extremists.

The Anti-Defamation League revealed in April that its annual count of antisemitic incidents had reached a record. In 2021, the organization recorded 2,717 incidents involving assault, harassment, and vandalism. This is a 34% increase from the previous year, and the highest total since 1979, when the ADL started tracking these events.

In the past, American icons like Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh openly expressed antisemitic sentiments. This was a move that shocked Americans more recently. The internet and social media have made it possible for celebrities around the world to normalize antisemitism. anti-Jewish hate.

For somebody of Ye’s status to praise Nazis and Hitler is “escalating from ugliness to a kind of incitement,” Greenblatt said. Greenblatt noted that Jewish institutions have to increase their security to prevent attacks like the one in which a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.

“Our community still has to brace for the consequences of those ideas going mainstream,” Greenblatt said.

—Freida Frisaro in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, contributed to this report

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