Famous Australian rugby star turned NFL player Jarryd Hayne has caused a bit of a ruckus with the Jewish community for posing offensive tweets accusing Jews of killing Jesus.
Hayne, who recently joined the San Francisco 49ers as a running back, wrote to his 120,000 Twitter followers:
“Jesus wanted to help people but was killed by his own people.”
– jarryd hayne (@jarrydhayne_1) July 1, 2015
The next day, Hayne followed up his first tweet with:
“The Jews were the people who took him to the Romans n forced them to give the order because they couldn’t.”
– jarryd hayne (@jarrydhayne_1) July 2, 2015
Hayne deleted his offensive tweets on Friday following backlash.
Accusations that Jews killed Jesus led to centuries worth of anti-Semitism and violence directed at Jewish communities, mainly in Europe. In 1965, the Catholic Church signed the historic Nostra Aetate document, which officially states that Jews were not responsible for the death of Jesus.
Dvir Abromovich, Chairman of the B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation Commission, slammed Hayne for “fueling antisemitism” based on false accusations.
“We need sportspeople to be powerful voices in countering racism and Jewish-hatred, especially when attacks against Jews worldwide are on the increase,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s a pity that Mr. Hayne is so ill-informed that he doesn’t know that in 1965 the Vatican rejected this charge.”