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Official: Australia could deny Ye entry over antisemitism



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

Education Minister Jason Clare has responded to media reports that the US celebrity plans to visit the family of her new Australian partner Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.

Clare said he did not know if Ye had applied for a visa but that Australia had previously refused visas to people with anti-Semitism views.

Clare told the Nine Network television channel: “I suppose if he applied, he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions as other people who have made such a point.

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

Australia’s Migration Act sets out security and eligibility requirements for non-citizens to enter the country. Any decision on whether Ye will be granted 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-executive director of the Australian Jewish Executive Council, met government officials on Tuesday to debate the entry ban.

Wertheim told Sky News: “We had a sympathetic hearing. “We have made the case that this particular individual did not meet the eligibility test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa and we have given a number of reasons. details.”

Opposition leader Peter Dutton said if he were in government he would be inclined to ban Ye for personality reasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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