Kanye West deletes all Instagram posts, leaves Hebrew-language apology to Jews

Hip-hop icon known for outlandish antisemitic screeds pens apparently software-translated statement in broken Hebrew professing his will to make amends to the Jewish community

File - Rapper Kanye West wears a Make America Great Again hat during a meeting with then-US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on October 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
File - Rapper Kanye West wears a Make America Great Again hat during a meeting with then-US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on October 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In his latest odd turn, Kanye West, the Grammy award-winning rapper and producer also known as Ye, apologized to Jews Tuesday for antisemitic statements he has made in recent years.

West appeared to have removed all previous posts on his Instagram account, leaving only a single message in broken Hebrew, apparently translated using software.

In the post, West said he sincerely apologizes to the Jewish community, claiming it had not been his intention to hurt or disrespect Jewish people. “Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity,” West wrote in Hebrew, aligned left instead of right.

The musician has gone on antisemitic rants multiple times in recent years, including a 2022 appearance on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s Infowars podcast in which he commended Hitler and declared himself a Nazi.

In March, West also deleted all his previous Instagram posts, leaving only an image of the 2012 film “21 Jump Street,” starring American Jewish actor Jonah Hill. At the time, he said Hill’s performance had cured him of his antisemitism.

Earlier this month, however, West could be heard ranting about Zionist Jews’ ownership of Los Angeles schools, banks, and hospitals, in a recording published by celebrity gossip site TMZ.

Israeli Instagram users seemed mildly amused by West’s Tuesday about-face, with many trolling the rapper over his ongoing antics.

An image posted by Kanye West to Twitter before his suspension, December 2022. (screenshot)

On X, formerly known as Twitter, West’s posts now consist only of statements related to his Yeezy footwear brand. The rapper was suspended from the platform in December 2022 after he posted an image of a Star of David interlaced with a swastika.

West’s X account was reinstated in July of this year. The furor surrounding his comments led apparel companies Balenciaga and Gap to end their partnerships with the rapper, and record label Def Jam announced it would no longer release his albums.

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