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Benjamin Haggerty, a once popular American rapper who dubs himself ‘Professor Macklemore,’ has made headlines for stirring controversy with his increasingly antisemitic remarks. This comes amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas terrorists. However, Macklemore’s engagement in antisemitism is nothing new, reflecting a troubling pattern of behavior.

In 2014, Macklemore appeared at a performance wearing a bushy beard, wig, and a large fake hooked nose, drawing widespread criticism. While Macklemore denied any antisemitic intent, he acknowledged in a statement the potential for the costume to perpetuate harmful stereotypes. He claimed that he did not foresee how the costume could be interpreted as a Jewish caricature and eventually issued an apology. His behavior following this event have highlighted that his prejudice against Jews and Israelis are masked no longer.

Macklemore has been vocal about supporting armed Palestinian resistance by advocating for the eradication of Israel at his concerts and rallies. In a November 2023 interview with Muslim News, he asserted, “we have to end this regime [Israel].” During a rally in Washington, DC, Macklemore made false claims of genocide and ethnic cleansing, calling for a ceasefire without condemning Hamas or advocating for the release of hostages held captive by the group, including American citizens.

Just a week after pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested at Columbia University, rapper Macklemore hailed them as heroes in his latest single, “Hind’s Hall.” These “heroic” students spent weeks advocating for the genocide of Israelis and their Jewish peers, engaged in property destruction, chanted “death to America,” desecrated the American flag by replacing it with the Palestinian flag, expressed support for terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, all while denying access to Jewish students and faculty on campus.

Macklemore announced that all proceeds from the song would be donated to UNWRA. However, UNWRA is currently under investigation following revelations that it harbored and participated in the kidnapping and murder of Israelis on October 7th.

Here are the breakdown of Macklemore’s latest single:

  • In the song’s opening lines, the rapper questions, “What’s threatening about divesting and seeking peace?” This serves as a reference to the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movements targeting Israel, which aim to undermine its economy. However, the rapper seems unaware of how these actions also impact Palestinians who rely on entering Israel for daily work and advocates for the boycott of the world’s only Jewish state.
  • Macklemore’s assertion that he’s protesting against the “white supremacist” system highlights a complex issue. Historically, Jews have faced persecution because they were not considered white. However, in recent times, there has been a shift where Jews are categorized as white to delegitimatize their indigenous claims to Israel, adding layers of discrimination and marginalization to their history. Furthermore, the vast majority of Jews in Israel are people of color.
  • Macklemore’s lyrics continue with, “A state that’s gotta rely on an apartheid system to uphold an occupying violent history, been repeating for the last seventy-five. The Nakba never ended, the colonizer lied (Woo).” These statements echo long-discredited falsehoods that have been used to incite violence against Jews. There is no apartheid system in Israel, and likening it to apartheid South Africa does a disservice to those who suffered under genuine apartheid. Referring to Jews as colonizers erases their indigenous ties to the land, and attributing the Nakba solely to supposed Jewish aggression ignores the historical context of Arab hostility. Additionally, the expulsion of Jews from Arab lands is often overlooked in this narrative.

Macklemore proudly declares that he lacks a label, yet he remains represented by WME Agency for his ongoing tour. StopAntisemitism needs YOU help – please email WME and insist that they sever ties with Macklemore due to his antisemitic rhetoric!