Kanye West Upsets Jewish Leaders With Obama Comments

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December 4, 2013 | 8:40pm EST

Outspoken rapper Kanye West has found himself in trouble with Jewish officials over remarks he made in a radio interview last month.
While chatting to Power 105 in New York on 26 November, West was asked for his opinion on President Barack Obama – and his thoughts appear to have upset the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
The rapper said, “People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections… Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connections as oil people.”
His statement has been called anti-Semitic by Abraham H. Foxman, who is demanding he apologizes.
The ADL director says, “This is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better.
“We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”