The rapper Ice Cube courted controversy on Twitter Wednesday after tweeting out a series of memes linking Judaism to occult worship and implying that modern-day Jews are not descended from ancient Israelites.
Ice Cube has tweeted hundreds of images and messages in support of the protests against systemic racism and racism in policing over the past week. But on Wednesday, without warning, several of those tweets, posted within minutes of one another, seemed to target Jews.
One showed an image of Egyptian hieroglyphics supposedly depicting Hebrew slaves and the words “Clearly they are a black people.” The meme may be a reference to the idea, shared among some members of the Hebrew Israelite religion, that black people — not present-day Jews — are the true descendants of biblical Israelites.
Another tweet depicted a black cube inside a star of David, above images of sculptures of black cubes in cities around the world. The “black cube of Saturn” is, evidently, a reference to occult worship.
The tweets came two days after Ice Cube tweeted an image of a mural that critics have called anti-Semitic. The mural, which was removed from a London wall in 2012 over complaints of anti-Semitism, depicts men with prominent noses sitting around a monopoly board resting on the backs of black people.
The tweets provoked a strong backlash, with some commenting that Ice Cube was jeopardizing his role as a voice of protest against systemic racism by posting the memes.
Sorry @icecube, lost all respect for you now. Was willing to give you benefit of the doubt, but no more. You cannot claim to fight racism, by employing #Antisemitism! It also only demeans the memory of #GeorgeFloyd. Shame on you!— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) June 10, 2020
It is impossible to take you seriously with regards to social justice or,.. anything when you post anti-Semitic imagery. What the fuck are you doing?— roxane gay (@rgay) June 10, 2020
It’s not at all clear whether Ice Cube believes in the views implied by the memes he posted.
Ice Cube posts anti-Semitic Illuminati memes on Twitter