ADL Hounds Joe Rogan For Saying 'The Idea That Jewish People Are Not Into Money is Ridiculous' And 'Like Saying Italians Aren't Into Pizza!'Chris Menahan
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ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tore into comedian Joe Rogan on Tuesday for saying that "the idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous" and "like saying Italians aren't into pizza!"
Joe Rogan on his podcast Saturday defended Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) tweet from 2019 saying that US political leaders support for Israel is driven by Jewish megadonors and is "all about the Benjamins baby."
"Did you see [Rep. Adam Schiff] sitting next to Ilhan Omar, where she's apologizing for talking about, 'It's all about the Benjamins?'" Rogan asked Krystal Ball, referencing a CNN interview with Omar from a week ago. "Which is just about money, she's talking about money, that's not an anti-Semitic statement, I don't think that is. Benjamins are money."
"You know, the idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous. That's like saying Italians aren't into pizza!" Rogan said, laughing. "It's f***ing stupid. It's f***ing stupid!"
"There's a very obvious reason why for my entire life there's been a uniparty consensus about our policy vis-à-vis the Israeli government and a total inability or unwillingness to criticize the Israeli government, and it has everything to do with organization and yes, money, just like every other f***ing interest in DC," Ball responded.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt responded with outrage and accused Rogan of using his "immense platform" to "spew antisemitic tropes about Jews and money" which could lead to violence.
"Disturbing that at a time of rising anti-Jewish violence, when growing numbers of Americans believe in antisemitic conspiracy theories, @joerogan would use his immense platform to spew antisemitic tropes about Jews and money," Greenblatt said. "For centuries, people have used these longstanding tropes to spread vicious lies about the Jewish people. 'Comedian' or not, Rogan's comments are no joke."
Incidentally, just a few months ago Greenblatt took a dramatically different tone, writing on Twitter that "it's time" for the "Jewish community" to "use our power as institutional investors" to bring megacorporations to heel that support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement.
"ESG is the latest frontier in the fight against antisemitism, with radical Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists trying to push their agenda," Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement on the ADL's website. "As underscored by the many companies that recently cut ties with Kanye West after his antisemitic tirades, corporate advocacy is an important tool for improving society. It's time for the Jewish community to take a seat at the table to use our power as institutional investors to ensure corporations are aligned with our values, and don't fall for antisemitic pressures – that's why we are incorporating JLens, the leading Jewish organization on these issues."
The ADL's statement continued:
The BDS movement targets companies connected to Israel through shareholder advocacy, advisory firms, and pressure campaigns. Specifically, BDS activists have attempted to hijack the ESG movement, a significant and growing segment of the capital markets. For example, according to ADL research, during this year's shareholder proxy season, 8 of the 20 social issue resolutions explicitly targeting foreign countries named Israel – making the country second only to China.How many "tropes" can you pack into one statement, Mr. Greenblatt?
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