Commentary

Criticizing Soros Is Not Anti-Semitic

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | October 22, 2021 | 2:28pm EDT
George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations arrives for a meeting in Brussels, on April 27, 2017. (Photo credit: OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP via Getty Images)
George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations arrives for a meeting in Brussels, on April 27, 2017. (Photo credit: OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP via Getty Images)

The charge by Terry McAuliffe’s supporters that his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, is anti-Semitic because he criticized George Soros is preposterous. 

No person is beyond criticism simply because he is a member of a minority community. Mr. Soros actively and openly engages in politics and in influencing state and local governments and is, therefore, a legitimate object of criticism, especially concerning the left-wing policies he’s tried to force on America through his massive underwritings. Thus, this accusation is just another dishonest attempt to win an election by playing the "anti-Semitism card." It is specious chutzpah.

Furthermore, those who point to Soros do so not because he is Jewish but because he is Soros, Soros being the most high- profile and effective opponent today of American traditional values. As is well-documented, he is by far the primary funder of radical leftist candidates and groups vowing to transform America into a transnational entity. Most people don’t even know the ethnic background of George Soros. 

Most ironic and disingenuous is casting Mr. Soros as a symbol of Jewish peoplehood when, in fact, Mr. Soros has spent a lifetime working against Israel’s defense and Jewish survival and needs. He has been proud of his disassociation from the Jewish community. To make him into a Jewish martyr is ludicrous inasmuch as he has spent a lifetime distancing himself from anything identifiably Jewish. Those on the left who too often abandon Israel and never care about the rampant anti-Semitism within their own political left are showing themselves to be hypocrites and putting victory at all costs above truth.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is president of Caucus for America, author of "Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit," and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.

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