Elon Musk: The ADL Should Drop The "A"

Chris Menahan
May. 16, 2023

The Anti-Defamation League should just be called the Defamation League, according to Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

"ADL should just drop the 'A,'" Musk said Tuesday on Twitter after being smeared by the pro-Israel lobbying group all day for criticizing Jewish billionaire George Soros.

"Soros reminds me of Magneto," Musk said Monday on Twitter. "He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity."

Musk was swiftly accused of anti-Semitism and inciting violence by ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

"Soros often is held up by the far-right, using antisemitic tropes, as the source of the world's problems," Greenblatt said. "To see @ElonMusk, regardless of his intent, feed this segment -- comparing him to a Jewish supervillain, claiming Soros 'hates humanity' -- is not just distressing, it's dangerous: it will embolden extremists who already contrive anti-Jewish conspiracies and have tried to attack Soros and Jewish communities as a result."

The Jewish Daily Forward's Alex Zeldin said Musk's criticism of Soros was "antisemitic incitement" which "has caused violence towards Jews."

"Just so we're clear, this is antisemitic incitement. It has caused violence towards Jews. It is well known for that," Zeldin said. "Musk, the owner of this site and one of the most well known men on the planet, is encouraging violence against Jews. Whether he knows or cares is irrelevant."

The Atlantic's Yair Rosenberg also criticized Musk, writing: "George Soros is an avowed universalist who grew up speaking Esperanto, an artificial universal language that was meant to unite all people under one tongue. Magneto is an avowed particularist who devotes all his energy to his own people, mutants. Literally ideological opposites."

There's no need to speculate what's driving Soros' actions as his son Alex Soros described what motivated his father's activism in an interview with New York Times Magazine in 2018:
Alex told me that for many years, his father had not been eager to advertise his Judaism because "this was something he was almost killed for." But he had always "identified firstly as a Jew," and his philanthropy was ultimately an expression of his Jewish identity, in that he felt a solidarity with other minority groups and also because he recognized that a Jew could only truly be safe in a world in which all minorities were protected. Explaining his father's motives, he said, "The reason you fight for an open society is because that's the only society that you can live in, as a Jew -- unless you become a nationalist and only fight for your own rights in your own state."
Does that sound like a "universalist" to you?

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