BERLIN – The popular German rapper Bushido sparked an altercation via Twitter,
by tweeting “Free Palestine” and using the colors of the Palestinian flag
imposed on a map of a deleted Israel as his emblem.
German rapper, whose birth name is Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi, has
previously launched attacks against homosexuals and women.
Interior Minister Hans- Peter Friedrich weighed in on the Twitter controversy on
Sunday, telling the Bild am Sonntag weekly that “this illustration does not
serve peace, rather it sows hate.”
Israel’s embassy in Berlin lampooned
the rapper’s actions, tweeting directly to Bushido’s handle: “@Bushido78 first
women, then gays and now Israel: We are proud to belong to the victims of the
integration prize winner Bushido.”
In 2011, Bushido received a Bambi
Award for successful German integration in Germany – despite his reputation for
homophobia and misogyny. Tribute to Bambi Foundation head Patricia Riekel said
on Sunday: “We are examining the incident and will react
The spat over Bushido’s Twitter handle – which has 285,000
followers – has electrified the “Twittersphere” with sarcasm and polemical
tweets. Claudio Casula, a popular pro-Israel blogger who writes the Spirit of
Entebbe blog, tweeted “Now it will be considered to take, once again, the Bambi
away from Bushido. But why? His position to Israel, however, shows that he is
Bushido declined to respond to queries from the
Süddeutsche Zeitung daily about the matter.
The new anti-Israel scandal
comes on the heels of a controversy involving Der Spiegel columnist Jakob
Augstein over the last two weeks, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center included
remarks by Augstein on its 2012 top ten list of anti- Semitic/anti-Israel slurs.