Why does Elon Musk keep getting accused of being anti-Semitic?

Sweta Gupta
Sweta GuptaNov 20, 2023 | 17:04

Why does Elon Musk keep getting accused of being anti-Semitic?

People have accused Musk of not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation and anti-Semitic content. (Photo Credits: Reuters)

X's (formerly Twitter) owner, Elon Musk, is refuting accusations of anti-Semitism, labeling them as "bogus" after his recent backing of controversial content on the platform.

This endorsement triggered outrage, leading major advertisers like Apple, IBM, and Disney to distance themselves from the platform.


  • The uproar began when Musk agreed with a post suggesting that Jewish people harbor a "dialectical hatred" toward white individuals, a perspective associated with white supremacist conspiracy theories. Musk responded to this tweet emphatically, stating, "You have spoken the actual truth."

  • Musk's remarks surfaced amidst escalating tensions surrounding anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the US, notably during the Israel-Gaza conflict.
  • His endorsement encountered criticism from diverse sources, including the White House and dissatisfied Tesla investors.
  • Additionally, corporate giants such as the Walt Disney Company reportedly pulled their advertisements from X in response, as per AP report.

Why he keeps getting accused of anti-Semitism

  • Musk getting involved in controversies isn't new. He had previously accused the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of causing a decrease in ad revenue at X without evidence. ADL is an international Jewish non-governmental organization and advocacy group that specializes in civil rights law and combats antisemitism and extremism.
  • Media Matters for America, a left-leaning watchdog, reported instances where ads from IBM, Apple, Oracle, and Comcast's Xfinity appeared alongside content containing Hitler quotes, Nazi praise, and Holocaust denial

  • People have accused Musk of not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation and anti-Semitic content. It has led to reputational damage for Musk.
  • Later on, he stepped up by removing numerous Hamas-related accounts.
  • Musk has also been intensifying his criticism of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) during a social media campaign against the group.
    He said that they are "ironically the biggest generators of anti-Semitism on this platform!" This response was prompted by a video clip where conspiracy theorist Alex Jones labeled the ADL as "pro-Hitler."

  • When the hashtag #BantheADL gained traction on X, Musk joined the campaign by expressing support.
  • A tweet from @keithwoodsyt, a pseudonym for far-right Irish activist Keith O’Brien, claimed that Musk liked the call to #BanTheADL, suggesting alignment with those advocating for free speech.
  • Musk responded with laughing emojis to a tweet from Andrew Torba, the CEO of a far-right social media platform known for promoting antisemitic views.

  • Torba has a history of making discriminatory statements against Jews, including claiming that the US is a Christian nation and making derogatory remarks about the Jewish population.

  • Musk's reaction to such content raises concerns about his stance on antisemitism.

  • Musk responded to an antisemitic tweet linking President Joe Biden and actor-director Mel Gibson, known for making offensive statements about Jews.

  • The tweet suggested a false conspiracy involving a chemical called adrenochrome and implied harmful stereotypes about Jews.

  • Musk's response, praising Gibson's physique, raised concerns about his stance on antisemitism.

  • Musk compared George Soros to the X-Men villain Magneto, suggesting Soros hates humanity. This comparison, drawing on the X-Men character who is a Holocaust survivor, raises concerns about Musk's views on Soros, and the tweet received criticism from Israel's Foreign Ministry.

  • George Soros is a Hungarian-American billionaire investor and philanthropist. He was once a hedge fund tycoon who managed client money in New York.

The controversies surrounding Elon Musk's recent statements and interactions have raised significant concerns about his stance on antisemitism and generated criticism from various quarters.

Last updated: November 20, 2023 | 17:04
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