The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called out Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Monday for falsely accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of antisemitism.
Last week, Cruz retweeted a humorous comment by New York magazine and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali, noting that Bloomberg News, which is owned by billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, had reported Bloomberg’s claim that the race for the nomination was a two-person contest.
Cruz, playing along with the joke, noted that Bloomberg “owns the media” — i.e. his own company.
It’s almost as if he owns the media. https://t.co/0tVTBg0DtT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 19, 2020
Greenblatt, a former official in the Obama administration, said that Cruz was making the antisemitic claim that Jews control the media because Bloomberg happens to be Jewish.
Is it antisemitic to point out that Mike Bloomberg owns a news service? No. Is it antisemitic to accuse a Jewish person of controlling the media? Absolutely yes. This assertion goes far beyond the facts and perpetuates harmful antisemitic tropes. https://t.co/p7xJt813Tm
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 19, 2020
Cruz never referred to Bloomberg’s religion and never used the word “control.”
In response, ZOA President Morton A. Klein demanded that the ADL apologize to Cruz, pointing out that his remark was innocuous and that Cruz had been one of the leaders in the fight against antisemitism:
The ZOA urges the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to apologize for falsely accusing Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) of antisemitism. The Senator’s innocent tweet about Mayor Bloomberg’s media buys was not antisemitic. Moreover, Senator Cruz is a major supporter, defender and friend of Israel, and has done and continues to do extraordinary work on behalf of the Jewish people – including leading Congressional efforts to combat antisemitism.
Indeed, on virtually every issue of concern to the American Jewish and pro-Israel communities, Senator Cruz had helped lead the way. He truly deserves an apology from the ADL.
Others agreed that the ADL was off-base: “Does the ADL Know What Anti-Semitism Is?” asked Liel Leibovitz in Tablet, an online Jewish magazine.
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