Jaylen Brown clarifies tweet on Black Hebrew Israelites outside Barclays Center for Kyrie Irving’s return

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Outside the Barclays Center on Sunday, hours before the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies, a large crowd of black Jewish Israelis gathered in support of Kyrie Irving, who returned from a suspension. Irving was removed from office on November 4, a week after he posted an anti-Semitic film on social media and repeatedly refused to apologize or state that he did not hold anti-Semitic beliefs.

Many of the black Jewish Israelis outside the arena were handing out leaflets containing Israeli propaganda for radical Hebrew. Black Jewish Israelis also handed out the pamphlet on Nov. 9, before the Nets’ game against the New York Knicks, which was their only home game during Irving’s suspension. On Sunday, however, the group of supporters was much larger.

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Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, who, like Irving, is the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, tweeted this video of black Jewish Israelis lining up on Dean Street:

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Hall of Famer Isaiah Thomas tweeted the same video approvingly. Thomas eventually deleted his tweet, but Brown wrote that he did not know which group banded together to support Irving:

The scandal that led to Irving’s suspension began when Irving posted on Twitter and Instagram the film From Jews to Blacks: Awaken Black America. He apologized several times for harming the Jewish community after being suspended, but at a press conference on Sunday morning he did not completely distance himself from the film’s thesis.

After the shootout, when a reporter asked him what he thought of the film’s assertion that blacks are “real Israelites from the Bible,” Irving said: understanding my family heritage and where I come from. And when I said I didn’t mean to cause harm, I meant it. It’s important to learn about the Lost Tribes of Israel, learn about black history in a way that doesn’t degrade anyone’s history. to me.”

Irving also said that in “trying to find out what anti-blackness is” he found “a documentary that ended up exploring and opening my mind to more than I can put into words right now. So I think there are deeper conversations I would like to have about the origins of the Jews and the origins of more of our cultures here and abroad.”

From Jews to Blacks: Awaken Black America claims that Jews lie about the Holocaust, lie about their identity, and are engaged in a secret “plan for world domination.” Not all black Jewish Israelis believe anti-Semitic conspiracy theories; these ideas are the prerogative of fringe extremist radical Jewish Israelis who classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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