In a statement to the Daily Beast, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) slammed Rudy Giuliani’s offensive comments claiming that Holocaust Survivor George Soros is ‘”hardly a Jew’”
“Mr. Giuliani’s assertion that George Soros controls U.S. Ambassadors, employs FBI agents and is ‘hardly a Jew’ is baffling and offensive. Let’s be crystal clear: Mr. Giuliani is not the arbiter of who is Jewish and who is not, or what is anti-Semitic and what is not,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.
“For decades, George Soros’ philanthropy has been used as fodder for outsized anti-Semitic conspiracy theories insisting there exists Jewish control and manipulation of countries and global events. Mr. Giuliani should apologize and retract his comments immediately, unless he seeks to dog whistle to hardcore anti-Semites and white supremacists who believe this garbage.”
Speaking to New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi on Dec. 8, the former mayor of New York City had much to say about the philanthropist who survived the Holocaust.
He said the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who testified in the impeachment inquiry of United States President Donald Trump was controlled by Soros.
“He put all four ambassadors there, and he’s employing the FBI agents,” Giuliani told Nuzzi
“Don’t tell me I’m anti-Semitic if I oppose him,” he said. “Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn’t go to church, he doesn’t go to religion — synagogue. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, he doesn’t support Israel, he’s an enemy of Israel. He’s elected eight anarchist DA’s in the United States. He’s a horrible human being,” he added.
NBC News reached out to Giuliani for a comment.
“I’m more Jewish than half my friends,” he responded in a text message.