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Online platforms urged to remove French rapper’s songs on Hitler, Jews and money

International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism asks YouTube, Google, Apple Music and Spotify to take down works by Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté

Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté, also known as Freeze Corleone, sings in a video clip for his 2020 album "The Phantom Threat." (Freeze Corleone/YouTube via JTA)
Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté, also known as Freeze Corleone, sings in a video clip for his 2020 album "The Phantom Threat." (Freeze Corleone/YouTube via JTA)

JTA — France’s oldest anti-racism watchdog group called on internet giants to remove from their platforms newly released hit rap songs that critics say are anti-Semitic.

The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, or LICRA, urged YouTube, Google, Apple Music and Spotify to remove works by Issa Lorenzo Diakhaté. The 28-year-old rapper, also known as Freeze Corleone, engages in “anti-Semitism, conspiracy theories, glorification of Hitler and the Third Reich and the terrorist Mullah Omar,” a former leader of the Taliban, LICRA wrote last week on Twitter.

Corleone sings in his 10th album, “The Phantom Threat,” about wanting his children to “live like Jewish investors” and of being “determined like Adolf.”

He also sings “F*** a Rothchild, f*** a Rockefeller, I come determined like Adolf in the ’30s” and “couldn’t care less about the Shoah.”

Corleone’s album has enjoyed considerable commercial success by local standards, selling about 15,000 copies since its release on September 11 – a date some believe he chose deliberately. The album’s 17 songs have been played more than 5 million times on Spotify, according to the magazine Marianne. Corleone has a long history of similar statements in his previous albums, the magazine showed.

LICRA was established in 1927.

Separately, a Paris court last week sentenced the well-known far-right Holocaust denier Hervé Lalin to 17 months in prison for inciting hatred against Jews online, AFP reported.

Also last week, a different court fined another Holocaust denier, Alain Soral, some $6,350 for blaming Jews for the fire that ravaged the Notre Dame church in the French capital in 2019.

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