Tuesday December 05, 2023

Elon Musk backs antisemtic X post against Jewish people triggering ADL again

Elon Musk says that ADL's claims had negatively impacted X's advertising sales and threatened to sue the organisation for slander in September

By Web Desk
November 16, 2023
Elon Musk gestures during a tech event. — AFP/File
Elon Musk gestures during a tech event. — AFP/File

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla has agreed with a racist remark on his social media site X, which said that Jewish communities incite "hatred against White people", as per CNN on Thursday.

An X post Wednesday afternoon said, “Jewish communties (sic) have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.” The post also referenced “hordes of minorities” flooding Western countries, a popular antisemitic conspiracy theory.

In response, Musk said: “You have said the actual truth.”

Online hate groups have promoted the antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews want to bring undocumented minority populations into Western countries in order to reduce White majorities in those countries. 

Robert Bowers, the man convicted of killing eleven worshippers at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, has done the same. In American history, it was the bloodiest attack against Jews.

Musk, in subsequent posts, said he does not believe hatred of White people extends “to all Jewish communities.” But he said the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) “unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel. This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticise the minority groups who are their primary threat.”

What Musk was alluding to is unclear. The ADL claims that in 2022, antisemitic incidents in the US hit a record high. 

The ADL stated that there was no one organisation to blame for the rise in antisemitism, although it did point out that an audit conducted in March of last year showed that antisemitic activities organised by White supremacist groups quadrupled.

However, Musk implied that racism against White people is encouraged by the ADL.

“I am deeply offended by ADL's messaging and any other groups who push de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind,” he said. “I’m sick of it. Stop now,” Musk said of the ADL.

Requests for comments were not immediately answered by X or the ADL.

Since Musk assumed control of the platform more than a year ago, the ADL has been critical of X. Musk has disputed or refuted reports from the ADL, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, and other groups that show an increase in hate speech on X during the past year.

Musk stated that the ADL's claims had negatively impacted X's advertising sales and threatened to sue the organisation for slander in September. "Any allegation that ADL has somehow orchestrated a boycott of X or caused billions of dollars of losses to the company or is 'pulling the strings' for other advertisers is false," the ADL stated in a statement last month.

According to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, a hate campaign against the organisation has gained momentum as a result of Musk's remarks about the organisation.

The ADL announced at the beginning of October that it will start running advertisements on X "to bring our important message on fighting hate to X and its users," following a break in the campaign.