Elon Musk Asks If He Should Poll Whether to #BanTheADL, Israeli Govt Condemns 'Ugly Hashtag Campaign'

Chris Menahan
Sep. 03, 2023

Twitter/X owner Elon Musk on Saturday asked his followers if he should run a poll on whether to #BanTheADL and the Israeli government came out to condemn the "ugly hashtag campaign."

The Israeli government and the ADL themselves both issued statements characterizing all opponents of the ADL as "white supremacists," "anti-Semites," "conspiracy theorists," "hateful groups" and "trolls."

From Haaretz, "Elon Musk Boosts Far Right's Antisemitism as #BanTheADL Trends Worldwide on X":
The Israeli government, which had defended Musk amid his attacks on Soros earlier this year, came out against the emerging antisemitic rhetoric provoked by the hashtag.

"There are countless posts of Jew-hating caricatures, stereotypes, and conspiracy theories about how Jews have 'enslaved' the world," said David Saranga, director of the Foreign Ministry’s digital diplomacy bureau.

"It's an ugly hashtag campaign targeting the ADL, which is being pushed by white supremacists and is currently trending on Twitter/X," he added, in a post shared by the Foreign Ministry's official account.
The ADL shared the following statement to Mashable:
"ADL is unsurprised yet undeterred that antisemites, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and other trolls have launched a coordinated attack on our organization. This type of thing is nothing new.

This onslaught comes following our participation in the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, where ADL proudly marched shoulder-to-shoulder with African-American leaders and those from other minority communities. It also follows a meeting with the leadership of X, formerly known as Twitter, that clearly upset these hateful groups.

Such insidious efforts don't daunt us. Instead, they drive us to be unflinching in our commitment to fight hate in all its forms and ensure the safety of Jewish communities and other marginalized groups."
Last year, Musk held a poll on whether to have a "general amnesty" for Twitter users banned under the previous regime and half followed through by unbanning many -- but nowhere near all -- of those suspended.

X sued the smear outfit known as the "Center for Countering Digital Hate" earlier this year for having "embarked on a scare campaign to drive away advertisers from the platform."

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