Wiley accused of anti-semitism after Twitter rant

The rapper said: "I’m not antisemitic I am anti slippery people"

Wiley has responded to accusations of anti-semitism following a series of controversial tweets he posted on Twitter today (July 24) about Israel and Jewish people.

The London MC started his tweets by talking about the music industry, writing: “A record deal is not to benefit you it’s to make the person who gave you the advance rich as hell while you take 17 or 18 % of net profit after costs.”

He then added: “If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway of course you will get fired.

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“In fact there are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK but being in business for 20 years you start to understand why.”

A number of tweets later, Wiley wrote: “is it anti semetic [sic] to say Jewish people have power?”

He also appeared to reference the Black Hebrew Israelites, who believe they are the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel.

“I don’t care Cos Israel is ours what about that,” Wiley wrote, before later adding: “Listen to me Jewish community Israel is not your country I’m sorry.”

He also wrote “some people have gotten too comfortable on lands that don’t belong to them”, and said: “I cannot be upset about 2 sets of people killing each other on land that belongs to us anyway..That would be called Karma in my eyes.”

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Wiley’s posts have been widely criticised on social media, with Danny Stone, chief executive of Antisemitism Policy Trust, writing: “The parallel is offensive & the inference is antisemitic. Jews and money. Dress it up however you like.”

Responding to the accusations of antisemitism, Wiley wrote: “Forget anti Semitic racism is racism and ya can’t hide the fact that systemic racism exists and it wasn’t set up by us.”

He later added: “I’m not anti semetic [sic] I am anti slippery people… there’s a difference.”

Jewish documentary filmmaker Andrew Gold tweeted Wiley after the rapper posted “Get me on TV with a Jewish man let’s talk about this ASAP”, with Gold inviting him on to a podcast he hosts. “Yes I do get me up there,” Wiley replied.

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