George Soros: Not An Antisemite; Tony Blankley: Probably Is
In an attempt to discredit billionaire George Soros, who has been pouring tons of cash into defeating George Bush in the coming election, as well as other various progressive causes, conservative pundits are portraying Soros as a self-hating Jew and as a vile Jew, all at the same time.
Look, if he wasn’t a multi-billionaire, he’d just be another ignored left-wing crank […] This is a man who has blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism […] This is a man who, when he was plundering the world’s currencies, in England in ’92, he caused the Southeast Asian financial crisis in ’97 […] He said that he has no moral responsibility for the consequences of his financial actions. He is a self-admitted atheist, he was a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust.
Translation: he’s a Jew-hating Jew, he’s a greedy Jew, he’s a conniving and heartless Jew, he’s an atheistic Jew, and he’s a Jew who must have been (if you get my drift, wink wink) a Nazi collaborator. Anyone who’s not a child knows perfectly well what Blankley was saying here.
Regarding the charge that Soros “blamed the Jews for antisemitism” — this allegation was made in response to remarks made by Soros at an annual meeting of the Jewish Funder’s Network where he basically said that, looking back on his conduct as a Jewish business person, he feels guilty for besmirching the name of Jews with his actions, and suggested that others evaluate their own behavior, whereas corrupt practices by high profile Jewish people contribute to a negative image of all Jewish people. And in fact, if I recall correctly, isn’t there is a verse in Perkei Avot which states pretty much the same thing?
“I’m also very concerned about my own role because the new anti-Semitism holds that the Jews rule the world. As an unintended consequence of my actions, I also contribute to that image,” said Soros. Uh, is that antisemitic? Mmm, no…
Soros also offered a warning to supporters of bush and sharon’s middle east policies: “There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that. It’s not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. I’m critical of those policies. If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish. I can’t see how one could confront it directly.” Is that antisemitic? Mmm, no…
These quotes were initially presented by Uriel Heilman reporting for the JTA, under the headline “George Soros says Jews and Israel cause anti-Semitism,” which was subsequently carried by the majority of Jewish newspapers throughout the US and Israel.
In a letter to the editors of the JTA, Mark Charendoff, president of the Jewish Funders Network, wrote, “The problem is not the words that were spoken by Mr. Soros, but more how they were heard, pasted together and then distorted.”
Of course, far be it from Soros’ enemies to latch onto this falsified “evidence” of Soros’ self-hatred, and use it to paint him in a negative light. I think it’s easy to determine who the antisemite is here—and it sure ain’t Soros.