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January 11, 2014 11:41 pm

Music Mogul Russell Simmons Confuses Ariel Sharon With Shimon Peres

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Hip hop mogul Russel Simmons told his over three million Twitter followers on Saturday that he accidentally confused recently deceased former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon with Israel’s President Shimon Peres.

Hours after Sharon’s passing on Saturday Simmons tweeted a message of condolence only to later retract and apologize saying that he had mixed up the two men.

“R.I.P. my friend Ariel Sharon great pleasure working with you.. special occasions, your work to promote tolerance was inspiring,” he tweeted.

Following a barrage of criticism from Twitter users Simmons quickly deleted the tweet and apologized. “Confused Ariel Sharon with longtime friend, Shimon Peres. Certainly was no fan of Sharon. Sorry for mistake. I deleted tweet,” he explained to a number of his followers.

“On stair master…a little light headed. confused ariel sharon with longtime friend, shimon peres. sadly sharon promoted war, not peace,” he also said.

Some Twitter users then took exception to the apology. “@UncleRUSH Totally understand, man. Us Jews all look alike,” wrote Nathan Wurtzel.

“I always look to @UncleRUSH for an informed and intelligent opinion on Israeli leaders,” wrote another Twitter user sarcastically.

In June 2012 Simmons ignited controversy while attending Shimon Peres’ “Facing Tomorrow” Conference in Jerusalem when he compared the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, to noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

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  • Mel

    Simmons should go back to hawking Beauty-Rest mattresses.

    (Not the right Simmons? Aren’t they all the same?)

  • joydbrower

    Simmons has no real understanding of what Jews have faced throughout history: Namely, antisemitism. Simmons’ fame and money have derived from the low end of the cultural spectrum, the so-called “art” of hip-hop. Hardly a seminal figure in world history. Sharon’s path was great and dramatic; Simmons’ not so much…

  • Sandy Brown

    Actually I do not know who this Simmons is either!

  • Sandy Brown

    He was probably off his face!

  • BlueShadowII

    Had to read the article to know who Simmons is. I’m really sorry (for you) if his opinion is important to you.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Mr Simmons should take care of his sport. He has no clue about Ariel Sharon. To compare him with Farakhan shows his ignorance and his antisemitism.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    What an imbecile!

  • By incessantly pushing concessions to terrorists Peres has done more to shed innocent blood both Jew and Arab than anyone; CERTAINLY more than Sharon

  • Russell Simmons admires Louis Farrakhan. No wonder he can accurately judge one the the greatest heroes in Jewish history–Arik Sharon. Russell Simmons is a wealthy “Nothing,” and will be remembered as a lisping racist, who tried to put down successful Jews because of his own great incompetencies.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    Who the hell cares what this clown thinks!

  • Judy Silver-Shapiro

    Russell simmons is an unabashed ANTI ISRAEL ANTI SEMITE

    • Marv Hershenson

      With all due respect, Russell Simmons is not in my experience a Anti-Semite. I met him at a testimonial event (to provide financial aid to children)and many of the non-profit leaders were Jewish. He was cordial and very giving. I did not detect any animus from him. Now, he maybe a bit uneducated and naïve about the Middle East, and specifically naïve about Israel. All he needs is a good education. Please be careful about throwing out ad hominems.

  • judorebbe

    Oh, what the Hell, we Jews all look the same …

    • GZLives

      Wrong – and you display your ignorance when you suggest it. I know the guy since the 1970’s

      Let’s remember Simmons hired Lior Cohen – Israeli Jew to RUN Def Jam and partnered up IN Def Jam itself with Rick Rubin – enriching both Cohen and Rubin who have since gone on to even bigger endeavors. And Russell was already a successful manager BEFORE these two companies were created so clearly if anything he HELPED these two make careers for themselves. Does that sound like someone who is an anti Semite

      Lets stop with the name calling or keep it limited to him being “ignorant” in regard to Israel and Israeli politics because of that I’m sure he is.