According to NBC News, Actor Jamie Foxx apologized to the Jewish community Saturday [August 5th] after a cryptic Instagram post about “fake friends” was accused of promoting antisemitism.
“I want to apologize to the Jewish community and everyone who was offended by my post. I now know my choice of words have caused offense and I’m sorry,” he wrote. “That was never my intent.”
It [was not] clear what prompted the post.
A Wider Frame, a newsletter that says it aims to provide “a better overall understanding and scope of Jewish world news,” shared Foxx’s original post and called it “horrifically antisemitic.” Actor Jennifer Aniston then re-posted A Wider Frame after she came under fire for seeming to have liked Foxx’s post.
“This really makes me sick,” Aniston wrote in an Instagram Story. “I did not ‘like’ this post on purpose or by accident. And more importantly, I want to be clear to my friends and anyone hurt by this showing up in their feed – I do NOT support any type of antisemitism. And I truly don’t tolerate HATE of any kind. Period.”
A closer look into the Jamie Foxx antisemitism controversy quickly revealed that Foxx did not intend malice toward the Jewish community whom he professed to love, and that it was Israelites–not Jews– who were responsible for the crucifixion of the Semitic Messiah.
“There is no basis in the scripture for the argument that the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ…The charge that Jews were responsible for Christ’s persecution has strained relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths for centuries,” confirms an NPR interview with Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
The term Israelite is commonly misused interchangeably with the word Jew. The fundamental distinction is that Israelites are Semites who are the physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Jews are a religious community that lived amongst the Israelites. Most Jews are of European (non-Semitic) origin, whereas all Israelites are Semites. Jewishness is a religious identity, not a race.
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