ADL Director Says Attacks on George Soros ‘Appalling’, But Anti-Semitism Isn’t an Issue of Left vs Right


National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt appeared on Meet the Press following the horrific attack on a synagogue on Saturday. Host Chuck Todd asked the director about Republican attacks on billionaire Democratic donor and funder of liberal causes George Soros, who is Jewish. Greenblatt also brought up Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor and funder, who is also Jewish, and said “this isn’t an issue of left-right.”

Prior to the beginning of the clip above, Greenblatt discussed the resurgence of anti-Semitism “from the margins to the mainstream” because politicians and people with public platform “literally repeat the rhetoric of white supremacists, and they think it’s normal and permissible to talk about Jewish conspiracies, manipulating events, or Jewish financiers somehow controlling activities, and that is awful.”

That is when Chuck Todd brought up Soros. who has come up several times over the weekend as an example of someone attacked by Republicans using anti-Semitic stereotypes.

“You talk about financiers,” said Todd. “George Soros is a democratic donor, and he frequently is always described, his religion is always included in the description, other billionaires, their religion isn’t always included in their description when they contribute to candidates. What would you say to that?”

“The attacks on George Soros are appalling. And the continued invocation of class anti-Semitic themes, to see this way the man is mis-characterized online is just repulsive,” he said.

“Now I don’t agree with every donation he makes. But I also don’t agree with every donation Sheldon Adelson makes,” he said. “But you see it from the left and sometimes from the right, and it is all incredibly troublesome.

“I think whether you are, you know, an elected official bringing a holocaust denier to the well of the House of Representatives for the State of the Union, or you’re a political candidate again, invoking Antisemitic myths about Jewish conspiracies, or frankly you’re a religious leader who calls Jews termites,” he said, referring to head of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan.

Todd interjected that he was about to ask about Farrakhan and the “tolerance that some on the left still have for him.”

“This isn’t an issue of left-right, it’s about right and wrong,” said Greenblatt. And we should be able to speak truth to power whenever people in public life speak out with stereotypes and scapegoats that we know, as you alluded to before, have been used for hundreds and thousand of years, not just to slander the Jewish people, but to wound them and kill them.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of NBC News.

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