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'We don’t like you': Israeli MMA fighter takes credit for writing Kanye West's name on Israeli explosive
Photos by MEGA/GC Images/Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/Additional image via @GozaliHaim/X

'We don’t like you': Israeli MMA fighter takes credit for writing Kanye West's name on Israeli explosive

An Israeli mixed martial arts fighter has taken credit for Kanye West's name being written on what appeared to be an artillery round for the Israel Defense Forces.

Haim Gozali, who has a record of 15-6 as an MMA fighter and is 2-0 since starting professional bare-knuckle boxing, posted an image of munitions with the artist's name written on one of the explosives.

"Kanye West," "flying to Gaza," and "Haim gozali" were all written on a single munitions round.

"Kanye West you don’t like us jewish. So we don’t like you too !!!" Gozali wrote on X, with the attached photo.

According to Fox News, Gozali has served in the IDF, but it is unclear when or for how long.

Gozali has, however, made the messages on the explosive rounds his trademark of sorts. TMZ reported that in November 2023 Gozali also took credit for the names of Muslim UFC fighters who have expressed support for Palestine being written on a similar explosive.

Names included the undefeated and now retired Khabib Nurmagomedov and current UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

The controversial deed has even been extended to MMA outlet Bloody Elbow. Gozali posted a similar image that said "Bloody Elbow F**k You" on one of the rounds, linking to one of the publication's articles.

The article was titled "The Israeli MMA fighter celebrating Palestinian deaths" and accused Gozali of celebrating the death of a Palestinian journalist.

Amid the controversy, rapper and designer West released an apology to Jewish people, in Hebrew, on his Instagram page.

According to Reuters, West said, "I sincerely apologise to the Jewish community for any unplanned outburst. ... It was not my intent to hurt or disrespect, and I very much regret any pain I may have caused."

"I am committed to begin with myself and to learn from this experience in order to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future," the Hebrew message reportedly read.

West was part of a string of reactivations on Elon Musk's platform X, when host Alex Jones, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), and West were all given another chance on the website.

However, West's return to the app was without the level of publicity that Jones' received. Jones was reinstated after Musk posted a poll asking if he should be allowed back on the platform. Approximately 70% of respondents voted for Jones' return.

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