Foreign Ministry: Musk sparking flood of antisemitic conspiracy theories on Twitter

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Foreign Ministry is protesting rising antisemitism on Twitter and accuses owner Elon Musk of causing a flood of antisemitic conspiracy theories on the site

In a post, David Saranga, the head of the ministry’s digital diplomacy section, notes that “The Jews” is trending on the social media site.

“The Jews” is trending right now on #Twitter and it’s filled with AntiSemitic conspiracies and hate speech targeting Jews around the world,” he writes. “Unfortunately Twitter does nothing to address this problem.”

The post comes the same day Twitter owner Musk is himself accused of peddling antisemitic conspiracy theories on the site.

In a separate post in Hebrew, the ministry specifically calls out Musk’s tweets about George Soros, who he said “hates humanity.”

Soros, 92, has long been a target of conservatives for backing progressive causes and politicians in the United States and worldwide. In the last decade or so, some of the attacks have echoed antisemitic conspiracy theories, depicting Soros as satanic, accusing him of seeking world control and falsely accusing him of helping perpetrate the Holocaust rather than surviving it as a child.

“Musk’s tweet instantly led to a flood of antisemitic conspiracy theories on Twitter,” the Foreign Ministry says.

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