In a Debut Album, a Rising Star of Hip-Hop Puts His Anti-Semitism on Display

March 31 2020

Written Testimony, the first studio album to be released by Jay Electronica (the stage name of Timothy Thedford), is, according to Armin Rosen, “one of the most anticipated releases of the year.” While Rosen finds himself impressed by Electronica’s artistry, something else becomes apparent in the first minute of the first song, when the listener hears a recording of Louis Farrakhan lecturing about the inauthenticity of the Jewish people. And it isn’t just the first song. This notorious anti-Semite’s worldview saturates the entire album:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Louis Farrakhan, Music, Popular music

Turkish Reconciliation with Israel Could Happen, but It Won’t Come Easily

Jan. 27 2021

In recent weeks, Ankara has made a variety of gestures that suggest a desire to reestablish its once friendly relations with Jerusalem, which have deteriorated since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2002. On Monday, unverified reports circulated in the Western press that Turkey is prepared to expel Hamas, which has had its main base of operations there since 2015. Erdogan’s reasons for seeking to make amends are not hard to divine: he faces a hostile White House, tensions with the European Union, a sputtering economy, and a rocky relationship with his sometimes-patron in Moscow. But, Lazar Berman writes, much has changed since 1949, when Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize the Jewish state:

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More about: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey