Jewish Rapper Says His Website Was Hacked by ISIS
Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz said his website was hacked by Islamic State militants last week, raising concerns among his friends and the Department of Homeland Security.
“A kid had messaged me on SoundCloud saying, ‘Hey, I checked out your website and someone hacked your stuff,'” he told LA Weekly. “I checked it and that’s exactly what happened.”
The Los-Angeles based rapper said the government knew his website was hacked by ISIS even before he found out. Friends suggested that he contact Homeland Security about the digital vandalism and when he did, they told him, “Oh, the Jewish rapper? We heard about that already.”
Kosha Dillz released a song earlier in the year called No More War, which includes the lyrics “Let’s be friends/Jews, Arabs, White boys, Mexicans” and “No more war from Rwanda to Israel to the Gaza.” On the track Kosha Dillz also sings “I’ll hate terrorism until I retire” and “We both think Hamas is a big bag of horses***.”
Kosha Dillz told LA Weekly he thinks he was targeted by ISIS because of the song and also due to his Jewishness.
“I think it’s a combination of both because of what they do,” he said. “I’m sure they didn’t know who I was before, but if you’re looking up ‘kosher’ or other Jewish-oriented stuff. They’ve attacked other Hillel sites, like a Florida rugby team. What ISIS believes in, Sharia Law and raising the black flag, covers all kinds of spectrums besides killing off Americans and Israelis.”
Kosha Dillz said some suggested that the ISIS attack was positive because of the publicity it brought him. Dillz disagrees, explaining,”It’s not really good for me, it’s messing up my business. People are afraid to interact.”
The artist said he has faced anti-Semitism from non-Jews and Jews for “just being different” and also because of his rap name, which he got off a jar at a supermarket. He asserted that he remains committed to his heritage and family.
“People are like ‘are you Pro-Palestine or Pro-Israel?’ and at the end of the day, of course I’m loyal to my family and my land, and I’m also loyal to peace and anti-Hamas.”