Anti-Semitism watchdog calls for prosecution of rapper Wiley over incitement against Jews, Israel

July 26, 2020 by TPS
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An Anti-Semitic tirade on social media by rapper Richard Kylea Cowie, known as Wiley, has prompted the UK-based Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) to call for his prosecution and has lodged a complaint with the police over his alleged incitement to racial hatred.

Wiley Pic: Wikipedia

CAA is also calling for the revocation of his Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) title and has asked Twitter and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, to close his social media accounts.

Wiley throughout Friday and Saturday posted a series of tweets, which he apparently referred to as “Black History Lesson For Today,” that culminated in calls for Jews to be shot and for “black people” to go to “war” against them.

He liked Jews to the Ku Klax Klan and claimed that Jews had cheated him and were “snakes,” tweeted that Jews should “hold some corn,” a slang expression meaning that they should be shot, adding that “Jewish community you deserve it.”

“There are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK but being in business for 20 years you start to undestand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law…Work that out,” he tweeted.

Wiley repeatedly posted conspiracy theories that Jews were responsible for the slave trade and that Jews are imposters who usurped black people, a conspiracy theory that has incited acts of terrorism against Jews, such as a stabbing attack in Monsey in New York in December.

He also attacked Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state when he claimed that “Jewish community Israel is not your country I’m sorry … The Star of David that’s our ting … Some people have gotten too comfortable on lands that don’t belong to them.”

A spokesperson for CAA said that their Crime Unit has reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police Service “as we consider that Wiley has committed the offence of incitement to racial hatred, which can carry a substantial prison sentence.”

CAA asked Twitter and Facebook to close Wiley’s accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers to “prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom.”

The CAA’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit has contacted the Honours Forfeiture Committee at the Cabinet Office to ask that Wiley’s MBE be revoked, and “we will be looking to ensure that no reputable label or manager works with him again.”

“Wiley has many hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and we have seen today that a significant number of them truly believe the unhinged hatred that he is spreading. We are treating this as a very serious matter which must be met with the firmest of responses,” CAA stated.

The musician’s manager, John Woolf, from A-List Management, stated on Twitter on Saturday morning that “following Wiley’s antisemitic tweets today we at A-ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism.”

A Metropolitan police spokesperson told the Guardian that is has received “a number of reports relating to alleged antisemitic tweets posted on social media.”

“The Met takes all reports of antisemitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.”

TPS

 

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One Response to “Anti-Semitism watchdog calls for prosecution of rapper Wiley over incitement against Jews, Israel”
  1. Michael Burd says:

    Open season on Jews thanks BLM and their racist supporters

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