Photos show protesters at the 405 freeway overpass in support of Kanye West’s anti-Semitic remarks

BEVERLY HILLS, California– Following anti-Semitic remarks by Kanye West, also known as Ye, a group of protesters hung banners showing their support for the rapper in front of a Los Angeles freeway overpass this weekend, photos taken by bystanders show.

West has had a number of anti-Semitic outbursts recently, most notably on October 8th when he tweeted that he was “going to die at 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE” and also that: “You guys have been toying with me, trying to mislead anyone who opposes your agenda,” without specifying which group he was addressing, according to the CNN-pulled Wayback Machine -Records of the Internet Archive.

His tweet has since been removed and Twitter suspended his account. In an interview conducted after the controversial tweet, West Piers Morgan said he was sorry for the people he had hurt, although he also said he had no regrets about making the remark.

Photos taken on Saturday show a small group of protesters with arms raised in what looks like the Nazi salute, behind banners that read “Honk if you know” next to “Kanye’s right about the Jews.”

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón further criticized the incident Twitter Sunday saying: “We cannot tolerate the #antisemitism that was on full display today [Saturday] on a LA Fwy. #WhiteSupremacy is a societal cancer that needs to be removed. This message is dangerous & cannot be normalized. I stand with the Jewish community in condemning this disgusting behavior.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also gained weight Twitterand said: “We condemn the anti-Semitic incidents this weekend. Jewish Angelenos should always feel safe. There is no place for discrimination or prejudice in Los Angeles.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number of reported incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment targeting Jewish communities and individuals in the United States in 2021 was the highest on record.

A total of 2,717 anti-Semitic incidents were reported last year — the highest on record, according to one ADL audit published April. That’s a 34% increase from the 2,026 reported incidents in 2020, the group said.

“This is an unprecedented attempt to fan the flames of anti-Semitism sweeping the nation,” said Jeffrey Abrams, ADL’s Los Angeles regional director expression posted on the group’s Twitter account on Sunday. “This group, known for espousing antisemitism and white supremacist ideology, is now capitalizing on Yes’s antisemitism and is proof that hate breeds more hate.”

Abrams continued to urge Adidas, which is reviewing its partnership with West, saying “firm action on Adidas’ anti-Semitism is long overdue.”

CNN could not reach a West representative for comment.

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