Dershowitz Strongly Defends Musk’s Remarks About Soros, Says He’s Not an Antisemite

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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, Attorney Alan Dershowitz leaves federal court, in New York. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (VINnews) — Former Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, a leftist Jew who is a civil libertarian and defender of free speech, and has defended President Trump against attacks by the left, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal defending Elon Musk.

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Musk came under fire from leftist Jewish groups, including the ADL, over his recent criticism of George Soros. Dershowitz wrote that Musk was “falsely accused” and said Soros’ “Jewishness shouldn’t shield him from criticism.”

He also wrote that “Soros also has had a pernicious influence on American domestic issues, such as funding leftist candidates for district attorney, who have politicized law enforcement.”

He said that he agrees “with Mr. Musk that Mr. Soros’s acts contribute to fraying the ‘fabric of civilization.’”

Here are excerpts from Dershowitz’s Journal piece, entitled “Elon Musk Is Right About George Soros—and Not Anti-Semitic”

“Elon Musk has been accused of anti-Semitism because of his criticism and mockery of George Soros. Mr. Soros is Jewish; Mr. Musk isn’t. But Mr. Musk stands falsely accused. Mr. Soros is an active participant in politics, and his Jewishness shouldn’t shield him from criticism.”

“Further, no single person has done more to damage Israel’s standing in the world, especially among so-called progressives, than George Soros. His financial support has multiplied the influence of the two major organizations that have done the most to shift the left-wing paradigm against Israel.”

“One of them is Human Rights Watch…in 1993 Kenneth Roth became executive director and turned HRW into an organization that specialized in demonizing Israel.”

“By 2009 the Israel bashing had become so severe that [Robert] Bernstein wrote: “As the founder of Human Rights Watch, its active chairman for 20 years and now founding chairman emeritus, I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the group’s critics…recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.”

“Mr. Roth has deployed “human rights” as a weapon against Israel. ‘Here is an organization created by the goodwill of the free world to fight violations of human rights, which has become a tool in the hands of dictatorial regimes to fight against democracies,’ observed Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident and Israeli Knesset member, in 2009. ‘It is time to call a spade a spade. The real activity of this organization today is a far cry from what it was set up 30 years ago to do: throw light in dark places where there is really no other way to find out what is happening regarding human rights.’”

“In 2010 Mr. Soros said he planned to give $100 million, “the largest gift by far that Human Rights Watch has ever received,” the New York Times reported. The paper quoted Mr. Soros: “Every Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock, a group at Human Rights Watch got together and discussed issues with the managers,” he said. “I was an active participant in that group, and human rights remains an important element of my foundation’s current activities.””

“The other organization is J Street…J Street has done much to turn most progressive and some liberal Democrats—including members of Congress, academics and media figures—against Israel. Last year Haaretz reported that Mr. Soros contributed $1 million to J Street’s super PAC, ‘20 times larger than any previous donation J Street Action Fund received.’”

“Mr. Soros also has had a pernicious influence on American domestic issues, such as funding leftist candidates for district attorney, who have politicized law enforcement…I agree with Mr. Musk that Mr. Soros’s acts contribute to fraying the “fabric of civilization.” And Mr. Musk has shown no hostility toward Israel or the Jewish people.”

Dershowitz concluded:

”Some right-wing anti-Semites have focused on Mr. Soros in promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about “the Jews” controlling the world. Critics of Mr. Soros should join supporters in condemning such misuse of his Jewish heritage. But this misuse shouldn’t deter legitimate criticism of the malign influence Mr. Soros has on the world—irrespective of his being Jewish.”

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Segmail
Segmail
1 year ago

The real Antisemite is non other than Soros himself

yosher
yosher
1 year ago

Soros is a real HATER of Jews and Israel. We should put him
and his family in a formal Cherem