General Antisemitism

Vive la Résistance! Guardian contributor HEARTS anti-Semitic hip hop artist

Just Journalism’s blog, The Wire, brought our attention to an article by the Guardian’s Kieran Yates where she recommended a hip hop artist who has written rap songs with explicitly anti-Semitic lyrics.

In the article, Yates said:

‘For current UK sounds, I’d go for the political punch of Lowkey’s Long Live Palestine.’

Lowkey’s ‘Long Live Palestine’ asserts that the profits from various global companies go directly to Israel, echoing conspiracy theories about international Jewish domination:

‘Every coin is a bullet, if you’re Marks and Spencer,
And when your sipping Coca-Cola,
That’s another pistol in the holster of them soulless soldiers,
You say you know about the Zionist lobby,
But you put money in their pocket when you’re buying their coffee,
Talking about revolution, sitting in Starbucks’

It claims that Israel is terrorist, genocidal state:

‘How many more children have to be annihilated
Israel is a terror state, they’re terrorists that terrorise,
I testify, my television televised them telling lies,
This is not a war, it is systematic genocide’

And it states that:

‘Nothing is more anti-Semitic than Zionism.’

Lowkey’s follow-up, Long Live Palestine Part 2, contains the following lyrics.

It claims that Israel is not compatible with Judaism, and Zionism equals ethnic cleansing:

“Zionism is not compatible with Judaism – the hijacked faith,
the state is misrepresenting,
Israel equals misplacement and ethnic cleansing.
I know I’m on a list, for being more verbal, curse every Zionist since Theodor Herzl,
Balfour was not a wise man,
shame on Rothschild,
between them the monster they created has gone wild.

It claims Israel is a terrorist state which kills innocent babies:

“Israel is a terrorist state,
the evidence is quite obvious,
war criminals using lethal weapons like white phosphorus,
burns your flesh to the bone,
and if you happen to live,
you’ll be left infected with cancer,
you’ll curse the fact that you did,
forgive me if I wish to say fate on those Israelis,
responsible for killing all those innocent little babies,
I studied the Torah and learnt by their own admission,
Israel’s actions are not kosher in their own religion.

Yates also endorsed Lowkey in a Guardian piece in 2009.

Kieran Yate’s own blog contains a cross post  of an interview of Lowkey she conducted for the youth publication of the NGO, Christian Aid, called Ctrl.Alt.Shift.  The post was eventually removed from the Christian Aid owned site (along with other highly offensive anti-Israel and anti-Semitic material) after negative publicity for the UK-based organization produced by an article in The JC – as well as an article I had published at CiF – about an Ctrl.Alt.Shift blogger Jody McIntyre post on International Holocaust Memorial Day which advanced the abhorrent impression of a moral equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany.

The interview of Lowkey, still up at Yate’s blog, contains the following:

Yates: What was your experience of going to Palestine and witnessing the situation?

Lowkey: Palestine is in a very raw sense of colonisation. The feeling that you get when you’re there is that you’re witnessing something really ugly, something really unusual; there’s nothing normal about it. You know, Israel puts out all this propaganda about wanting to be a normal country, but it’s not. You’re not a normal country with what you’re doing. You’re not a normal country when you legitimise Israel – you’re legitimising ethnic cleansing and the displacement of millions of human beings…

Yates: Ctrl.Alt.Shift recently ran a piece about TFL posters promoting Israel as a holiday destination and omitting Palestine from the map… What’s your views on that?

Lowkey: It’s indicative of the whole Zionist expansion policy and what it means to them. It’s the final solution; they have used the same terminology that Hitler used to reference the Jewish people. They talk about the Palestinian people as the ‘Final Solution‘; the extermination of any trace of Palestine.

Finally, for those who may argue that, perhaps, I’m being unfair to Ms. Kates, and that, just maybe, her interview with Lowkey doesn’t necessarily represent her own views, consider the following:

Yates posted this headline on her blog, regarding the 2009 row in the UK over Israel’s tourism ads placed at London Underground Stations:


“Piece on how TFL recently advertised tourism posters on the tube hyping Israel, land of mass Genocide and Zionism. Not only this, but it completely wipes Palestine from the map of Israel.TFL have since apologised and are taking the posters down, VIVA LE RESISTANCE!!!!”

11 replies »

  1. Not so much “political punch” as utter and complete lunacy.

    You happen to have a Lauren Booth link on the left – what are the bets her daughters are taught the above lyrics?

    Talking of Ctrl.Alt.Shift.: is Ben White still featured in it?

  2. Kieran Yates doesn’t like us,go on to that article and tell her that we don’t like her either.And make no bones about it.

  3. lowkey is a no talent hack who has stolen the black man’s music in order to have a career

    jody mcintyre is a no talent blogger who changes his stories regarding his tour through israel and the west bank, depending on which audience he is speaking to, and who uses his disability as a shield (hey, i cant hate jews, i have cp)

    i dont know yates

  4. Pretz: From what I can tell, Ctrl.Alt.Shift has stopped featuring Ben White since the row over McIntyre.

  5. Lowkey is stunningly naive. He undoubtedly has a certain amount of hatred in him but more than anything he just wants to be a hero and has hijacked the Palestinian cause to that end.

    Thankfully very few people (aside from already-confirmed antisemites) have ever even heard of him.

  6. I think Lowkey compensates for the lack of respect among his fellow Anglo-Asian Muslims that his open homosexuality brings by his radical exposition of the Palestinian cause.

    Richard Seymour is another who adopts a butch ‘Leninist’ stance to part compensate for the fact that, were he a Gazan, he’d be dead or maimed.

  7. Pretty daft theories, really. Why does what they are doing have to have anything to do with their sexuality?

    Plenty of people who are not gay take similarly stupid stances. The fact someone gay does it doesn’t make it any better or worse.

  8. OyVaGoy

    “Pretty daft theories, really. Why does what they are doing have to have anything to do with their sexuality? Plenty of people who are not gay take similarly stupid stances. The fact someone gay does it doesn’t make it any better or worse.”

    I think you have mis-understood Haepenny’s theory.

    Anti-Semitism has a number of bases, with each person having a different basis or psychlogical rationale. One such basis is pure religious hatred; another such basis may be ecnomic jealousy or compensation for an inferiority complex; a third such basis may be the desire to “prove” one’s loyalty to a particular group (Christianity, Aryans, the Ummah, etc.).

    As I understand him/her, Haepenny’s theory suggests that perhaps the unconscious rationale for a gay anti-Semite is to “compensate” for homosexuality and to “prove” one’s loyalty to the Muslim (or Aryan or other) majority group.

    The theory does not assert anti-Semitism any more common among homosexuals than among heterosexuals; it simply offers an explanation as to why a member of one minority group might hate another minority group.