X owner Elon Musk on Wednesday endorsed an antisemitic post on his social media platform that accused Jewish people of driving hatred against white people.
“You have said the actual truth,” Musk responded from his personal account on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Musk has faced accusations that hate rhetoric and antisemitism have grown significantly on X since he took over the company in 2022, as well as accusations of having using antisemitic tropes himself. Global antisemitism has spiked after war erupted between Israel and Hamas when the terror group carried out a devastating attack that killed some 1,200 people in Israel, and took some 240 hostage.
Elon made the comment when a user posted a video that is part of a campaign against antisemitism, depicting a father reprimanding his son for making antisemitic remarks on the internet.
Another user responded, “Jewish communties [sic] have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.
“I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much.”
Elon Musk pushing unvarnished anti semitism at a time of rising antisemitism and violence against Jews pic.twitter.com/N5bSQxWsr9
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 15, 2023
The comment was apparently posted from an account that only allows followers to see its posts.
Musk responded that it was “the actual truth.”
In follow-up posts, Musk wrote that he doesn’t believe that “all Jewish communities” hate white people but said the Anti-Defamation League “unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel. This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat.”
“I am deeply offended by ADL’s messaging and any other groups who push de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind,” he wrote. “I’m sick of it. Stop now.”
And, at the risk of being repetitive, I am deeply offended by ADL’s messaging and any other groups who push de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind.
I’m sick of it. Stop now.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
Musk and the ADL have been at odds for about a year. Soon after Musk’s takeover of the platform in 2022, the ADL encouraged companies to pause their ad spending on the site in protest of Musk removing guardrails against hate speech, though the ADL resumed its own paid ads on the platform.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, researchers reported in June that English-language antisemitic tweets have more than doubled since October 2022.
Musk has also faced controversy relating to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
A day after the Hamas attack he posted a message urging followers to track the news using two accounts that are known for posting false information. He later deleted the post.
In September, Musk met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who implored him to “roll back” antisemitism on the X social media platform.
“I am against attacking any group,” Musk told Netanyahu, adding that he is in favor of that which advances civilization and enables it to understand the nature of the universe. “We can’t do that if there’s a lot of infighting, hatred… Obviously, I’m against antisemitism, I’m against anything that promotes hate and conflict.”
In May this year, Israel accused Musk of stoking antisemitism over remarks he made against Jewish philanthropist George Soros.
Musk tweeted that Soros “hates humanity,” and wrote that the billionaire and progressive megadonor “reminds me of Magneto,” a comic book villain who features in Marvel’s X-Men series. Soros, a Holocaust survivor, is at the center of multiple antisemitic conspiracy theories.
“The phrase ‘The Jews’ spiked today on the list of topics trending on Twitter following a tweet with antisemitic overtones by none other than the owner and CEO of the social network, Elon Musk,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry tweeted on its official account at the time.