Rapper Ye could be denied entry to Australia for anti-Semitic comments

Canberra — A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday that the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, you could be denied a visa due to anti-Semitic comments if you try to visit Australia. Education Minister Jason Clare has responded to media reports that the American celebrity intends to visit the family of Australian new couple Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.

Clare said she did not know if Ye had applied for a visa, but that Australia had previously denied them to people with anti-Semitic views.

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“I hope that if you apply, you have to go through the same process and answer the same questions” as others who have expressed such views, Clare told Nine Network television.

Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter later suspended Ye after she tweeted an image of a swastika fused with the Star of David.

Australia’s Migration Act sets security and character requirements for non-citizens to enter the country. Any decision on whether Ye gets an Australian visa will 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 Executive Council of Australian Jews, met with government officials on Tuesday to advocate for an entry ban.

“We had a sympathetic 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 his national interest not to grant him a visa, and we have set out our reasons in some detail.”

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

“My inclination would be not to let him in,” Dutton told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW on Tuesday.

“His anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful, his conduct and behavior are appalling, and he is not a person of good character,” Dutton added.

Ye and Censori intend to visit their family who live in the northeast Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe next week, Seven Network News reported.

Ye and Censori recently got married, less than two months later. finalized his divorce from Kim Kardashianreported the entertainment news website TMZ two weeks ago.

The AP asked Ye’s representative if he had married Censori and planned to visit Melbourne, but did not immediately get an answer.

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