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Celebrities such as Khloé Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Schumer are among those expressing solidarity with Jews after a spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend.
The online support is in response to a post by Jessica Seinfeld on Instagram on Sunday, following comments from Kanye West earlier this month, who said on the now-deleted social media earlier this month that he wanted to go to “deathmatch 3 in JEWS”. .”
“If you don’t know what to say, just say this in your feed,” the 51-year-old Seinfeld wrote, along with a graphic that read, “I support my Jewish friends and the Jewish people.”
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Kardashian reposted the words on Sunday night via his social media channels, while Witherspoon weighed in on Twitter.
“Anti-Semitism in any form is deplorable. Personally. Online. It does not matter where. It is hate and it is unacceptable,” the Oscar winner tweeted on Sunday, later sharing her words on her Instagram stories. “I totally understand why my Jewish friends/colleagues are scared for their families. It’s a very scary moment.”
A day earlier, banners were unfurled on an overpass of the 405 freeway bearing anti-Semitic signs and referring to the West with the words: “Kanye is right about the Jews.”
According to KTLA, other signs of white supremacy have appeared multiple times this year on 101 freeway overpasses in Ventura County.
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The activity is part of a surge in anti-Semitic vitriol.
Last year set a record for such incidents, according to the Anti-Defamation League, with attacks on synagogues and Jewish community centers rising 61% and a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism reported to the ADL.
On Sunday, Schumer urged fans to pay attention as he offered context on the overview of recent events.
“Do you know what the Jewish community fears this will lead to? 1 in 2 people do not know that the holocaust occurred. Stand. #never more“, she signed Twitter.
Earlier this month, John Legend, Lizzo, Jack Antonoff, Howard Stern and Michael Rapaport were among several celebrities who spoke out against West’s hateful comments.
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The legend did not mention his former friend by name, but alluded to comments about Twitterhe writes, “It’s strange how all these ‘free and independent thinkers’ always land on the same old anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism.”
Meanwhile, Rapaport shared a card video clip to Twitter, where he criticized West’s comments, calling them “unacceptable.”
In the weeks since West made his remarks, the rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye last October, has been removed by brands including Balenciaga and removed from social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram. A deal to acquire Parler has since been announced, with the parent company of the controversial conservative social media site saying the planned purchase of West will ensure “an endless ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”