(December 23, 2022 / JNS) The phrase “Kanye was right” appeared alongside a swastika in Central Gardens Park in Hawthorn, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, last weekend. A Jewish man who is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors reported the graffiti to local authorities, who claimed it would be removed this week.
The graffiti comes a week before new legislation in Australia’s state of Victoria will punish those displaying the swastika with as much as a year in prison and a $22,000 fine.
This is hardly the first time antisemites have been inspired by the recent series of antisemitic remarks from Ye (formerly Kanye West).
In Waukegan, just north of Chicago, during November, the Am Echod Jewish Cemetery was vandalized with swastikas painted on graves and the phrase “Kanye was rite” on a tombstone belonging to a husband and wife.
In October, antisemitic activists associated with the Goyim Defense League flashed “heil Hitler” signs and hung a “Kanye is right about the Jews” banner over Los Angeles’ 405 freeway.
On Dec. 6, two passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight were spotted and photographed wearing Burger King crowns scrawled with “Ye is right,” “6 million wasn’t enough” and swastikas.
Earlier this month in Manhattan, a man knocked down a 63-year-old man and shouted antisemitic comments, including “Kanye 2024.”
West’s bigoted remarks earned him the title of 2022 “Antisemite of the Year” from the watchdog group StopAntisemitism.
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