Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is “absolutely entitled” to censure left-wing billionaire financier George Soros “without being labeled an antisemite,” according to former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind, who accused Soros himself of “legitimiz[ing] antisemites.”
In a post from Wednesday, Hikind, who serves as chairman of Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA), highlighted the error of automatically attributing any criticism of the Democrat megadonor to antisemitism.
His remarks followed Musk’s comparison of Soros to the notorious X-Men villain Magneto who draws on his experiences as a Holocaust survivor to motivate his hatred for humanity.
“[Elon Musk] is absolutely entitled to criticize Soros without being labeled an antisemite!” Hiking argued. “Soros is not beyond critique by dint of his being Jewish and Elon didn’t mention anything about Soros’s religion. Using ‘antisemitism’ to insulate Soros is sick!”
Hikind went on to explain that criticism for Soros did not warrant a label of “antisemitism,” though Nazi or Holocaust imagery, references to the Jewish religion, and the use of Jewish symbols should be avoided.
“Don’t tie individuals to global conspiracies unless you can prove the conspiracy,” he said. “You can do that. That is legitimate. Explain why you disagree with the person who’s advocating a particular policy or supporting particular candidates or whatever it may be,” Hikind said. “Stick to policy.”
“He supports the BDS movement to boycott, divest and sanction the Jewish state — the only BDS movement in the entire world only directed against the Jewish people,” he said. He also accused Soros of “legitimiz[ing] antisemites.”
“I’ve got a problem with him: he legitimizes the [Ilhan] Omars and the [Rashida] Tlaibs and others. He supports them. This is my problem,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the fact that he is Jewish; that is totally irrelevant.”