Australia: Kanye West “persona non grata” for anti-Semitic remarks

A senior Australian government minister said on Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, could be denied a visa over anti-Semitic comments if he tries to visit Australia.

The Minister of Education, Jason Clarewas responding to media reports that the American celebrity plans to visit the family of his new Australian partner Bianca Censori at melbourne next week.

Jason Clare said he didn’t know if Ye asked for a Visabut that Australia had already refused visas to people with antisemitic views.

“I expect that if he makes a request, he will have to go through the same process and answer the same questions” than other people who have expressed such views, Jason Clare told TV Nine Network.

Last month, Ye praisedHitler in an interview with the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter then suspended Ye after he tweeted a photo of a swastika merged with the star of david.

Australia’s law on immigration sets safety and security requirements morality for the entry of non-citizens into the country. The Minister of Immigration, Andrew Gileswhose office said it could not comment on individual cases for confidentiality reasons, will make any decision on whether Ye will be granted an Australian visa.

Peter Wertheimco-CEO of Executive Council of Australian Jewrymet with government officials on Tuesday to argue for an entry ban.

“We had a nice audience”Wertheim said on sky news. “We have argued that this particular individual does not meet the character test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we have set out our reasons in some detail.”

The Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton said that if he was in government, he would be inclined to ban Ye for character reasons.

“My inclination would be not to allow him in”Dutton told the radio 3AW from Melbourne on Tuesday. “His anti-Semitic comments are shameful, his conduct and behavior are appalling, and he is not a person of good character”Dutton added.

Ye and Censori plan to visit his family who live in the northeast suburbs of Melbourne, Ivanhoenext week, reported Seven Network News. Ye married Bianca Censori less than two months after finalizing her divorce from Kim Kardashianreported the site TMZ two weeks ago.

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