Rapper Azealia Banks slams ‘racist’ Israelis, vows never to return
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Rapper Azealia Banks slams ‘racist’ Israelis, vows never to return

Performer accuses El Al of deliberately losing her bag, says shopkeepers were rude and a rabbi propositioned her for sex; she’s not coming back ‘unless it’s for some real money’

Rapper Azealia Banks in Tel Aviv concert on May 8, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Rapper Azealia Banks in Tel Aviv concert on May 8, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Rapper Azealia Banks said in a series of tweets Wednesday that she experienced widespread racism after performing in Israel and vowed to never return, unless “it’s for some real money.”

“I will never ever ever ever ever go to Israel again,” she posted under her twitter handle of “CHEAPY XO.” “I love my fans but y’all gonna have to fly out to come see me because y’all country is nuts.”

Banks performed at Tel Aviv’s Barby club on Tuesday night, and before the show had written enthusiastically about how excited she was to be coming to Israel. But she apparently had such a miserable time while she was here that she said she wouldn’t be back again.

She complained about the racism, the rudeness, and Israeli culture, though she said that the show was great.

“I love my fans but the people in Tel Aviv are really very rude,” she tweeted. “The folks at the hotel, in restaurants, at the grocery store treated me with such disregard I really didn’t enjoy my time here. The show was great tho.”

“Why are these people like this? I don’t understand… the amount of times I’ve been purposefully coughed on, stepped on, cut in line is tooooo much . I need a strong drink,” she wrote.

She said that from the time she boarded the El Al flight to Israel, people mistreated her due to racism.

“Now some old Jewish lady on my El Al flight screamed at me in front of the whole plane for trying to put my bag where hers was. It was so racist I sat in my seat and cried,” she tweeted.

“The people at security deliberately took extra long to search my things clearly because I am black,” she added. “I had an escort with me and everything … they still held me up while I watched a bunch of white folk move past me quickly and get to their gates on time.”

The Israel Airports Authority stated that, “Banks had been treated like every other tourist to Israel or Israeli citizen,” Haaretz newspaper reported.

She complained about the attitude of workers towards her in restaurants and shops.

“Anytime I walked into a restaurant the people seemed annoyed that I wanted to eat. The people at the grocery store asked me what I was doing there… pretended they didn’t speak English when I asked for help,” she said.

And she said that a rabbi sitting next to her on the plane asked her for sex.

“On my flight back I sat next to a rabbi who taught me some numerology then asked if I’d have sex with him for money .. ‘away from the community’… it was kind of kinky but I politefully declined,” she tweeted, adding that, “How much y’all wanna bet these racists at this airline lost my bag on purpose.”

However, she offered a robust defense against her fans who criticized her for not boycotting Israel.

“Imagine if everyone stopped coming to the USA because they hate trump,” she replied to one fan. “Music is a fantasy and a release. And my fans are like 16-30 years old global free loving lgbtq mermaids and mermen. Wherever they gather I will follow.”

She also pointed out that most of her audience was Arab or black, countering claims of apartheid and implying that boycotting the country would harm the Palestinians rather than help them.

“Honey. The United States of America is a white supremacist country. Can’t condemn another country without first examining yourself,” she replied to a fan. “PLUS the audience was about 50% ethnic Arabs and 7% East African. There ARE black Jews sis.”

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