All at once, major American conservative figures seem to be using the Israel-Hamas conflict as an opportunity to flaunt antisemitic views.
After Hamas’ deadly incursion into Israel last month, and as the death toll continues to climb in Gaza from Israel’s ongoing retaliatory invasion, right-wing leaders from Charlie Kirk to Elon Musk have found a way to fault Jews worldwide.
Essentially, they argue that left-wing Jews who have supported progressive causes have incited racial division and hatred. Antisemitic claims along these lines have been around for years — they’re just usually dressed up as opposition to “cultural Marxism.”
Musk is perhaps the most notable example recently. On Wednesday, one user on X — the social media company Musk owns that was formerly known as Twitter — shared a video of an advertisement about combating antisemitism. The user, whose X profile indicates that he identifies as Jewish, urged anyone who anonymously posts “Hitler was right” to “say it to our faces.”
“Okay,” another user posted in a response. “Jewish [communities] ... 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.”
In other words, the post not only accused Jews collectively of pushing hatred against white people, but further suggested that Jews’ supposed actions justified attacks against them by “hordes of minorities.”
“You have said the actual truth,” Musk replied in agreement.