Kanye West Could Be Denied Entry To Australia Over Antisemitism, Minister Says

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CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government’s senior minister said Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, could be denied a visa because of antisemitic comments if he tries to visit Australia.

Education Minister Jason Clare was responding to media reports that the US celebrity plans to visit the family of his new Australian partner, Bianca Censori, in Melbourne next week.

Clare said he did not know if Ye had applied for a visa but Australia has previously refused them to people with antisemitic views.

“I expect that if he does apply, he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions” as others who have expressed similar views, Clare told Nine Network TV.

Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter suspended Ye after he tweeted a picture of a swastika paired with a Star of David.

Australia’s Immigration Act sets security and character requirements for non-citizens to enter the country. Any decision on whether Ye will receive an Australian visa would be made by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, whose office said he could not comment on individual cases for privacy reasons.

Peter Wertheim, co-chief executive of the Jewish Executive Council of Australia, met with government officials on Tuesday to argue for an entry ban.

“We had a pleasant hearing,” Wertheim said on Sky News. “We have made the case that this particular person does not meet the character test and that it would be very national not to grant him a visa and we explained our reasons in detail. “

Opposition leader Peter Dutton said if he were in government, he would be inclined to ban Ye on character grounds.

“It would be no reason for me to let him go in,” Dutton told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW on Tuesday.

“His antisemitic views are disgusting, his behavior and behavior are appalling, and he is not a man of good character,” Dutton said.

Ye and Censori plan to visit her family who live in the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe next week, Seven Network News reported.

Ye and Censori recently got married less than two months after he finalized his divorce from Kim Kardashian, entertainment news website TMZ reported two weeks ago.

The AP asked Ye’s representative if he had married Censori and planned to visit Melbourne, but did not receive an immediate response.

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