After Canceling Nick Cannon, The ADL Goes After Nation Of Islam Artist Jay Electronica For Tweets

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After canceling Nick Cannon, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) went after Nation of Islam follower and hip-hop artist Jay Electronica for tweets deemed anti-Semitic. Photo: Jay Electronica performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

First, TV personality Nick Cannon came under attack for anti-Semitic remarks. Now, New Orleans hip-hop artist and Nation of Islam follower Jay Electronica is feeling the same wrath from the Anti-Defamation League for tweets he posted that were deemed anti-Semitic.

In his tweets, Electronica claims that the Jews are not the true children of Israel. “Revelation 2:9 Revelation 3:9”, Electronica tweeted to his 372,900 followers, referring to passages in the Book of Revelation that refer to the Jews as the “synagogue of Satan.”

“ps, to my Christian family, do you know what the talmud says about Jesus and His Mother? also, what is a Goy?” Electronica added.

Electronica’s tweets were in defense of Cannon. Cannon’s remarks got him fired by ViacomCBS, where he produced “Wild ‘n Out,” a comedy improv series for VH1, the ViacomCBS-owned cable channel.

Remarks that were considered anti-Semitic were made on Cannon’s Class podcast during a discussion with hip-hop personality Prof. Griff, formerly of Public Enemy.

Cannon agreed with Griff’s views that Jews control the mass media. Cannon also claimed that Black people are the “true Hebrews,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Anti-Defamation League and some Jewish leaders condemned what they said were anti-Semitic theories expressed by Cannon and demanded an apology, Associated Press reported. The focus of ADL is to stop the defamation of Jewish people.

“It’s never hate speech. You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people… When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright,” Cannon said. 

Some members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement see themselves as the true chosen people and believe that Black people, Hispanics and Native Americans are the true descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel, according to Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

Segal commented on Cannon’s remarks. “When you hear an individual who has a public profile, who has influence over people, make statements that are highly offensive to the Jewish community, the first reaction is disappointment,” Segal said.

Electronica went off on Cannon’s recent interview with Rabbi Abraham Cooper. Cannon spoke with the rabbi in an effort to apologize for his controversial remarks. Electronica targeted the rabbi in his tweets. 

Electronica tweeted, “Rabbi Abraham Cooper is a COWARD who LIED to our brother Nick Cannon about the history of the caucasian race. Ask him does he stand behind the VILE TEACHINGS of the Talmud? Don’t be a coward next time Cooper you DEVIL.”

In later tweets, Electronica called for Cooper sit down with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, OKAY Player reported.

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Electronica tweeted, “sit down w The Hon. Louis Farrakhan or The Exec Council of The NOI and defend your claims and prove us wrong. WE are INDEED THE TRUE Children of Israel. And you are an imposter and birthright stealer as described in the scriptures. The ADL, THE WEISENHALL CENTER… BRING EM OUT.” 

He also tweeted a link to a page on the Nation of Islam website accusing Jews of enslaving African Americans as well as a YouTube video claiming that Black people are the true Israelites with the hashtag #SynagogueOfSatan. 

In one of his tweets, Electronica encouraged his followers to read Farrakhan’s 1991 book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” a three-volume work published by the Nation of Islam which claims that Jews ran the Atlantic slave trade. Electronica posted, “It is a MUST READ for these times.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted a response to Electronica. “@JayElectronica’s grossly #antisemitic rhetoric further promotes hatred and the fervent antisemite Louis Farrakhan. You cannot fight hatred with more hatred, we will simply never move forward that way- period.”