Media magnate Rupert Murdoch has spoken out against what he sees as an “ongoing war against the Jews” and Israel and “virulent strains” of anti-Semitism from the left.
Murdoch spoke on Wednesday at a dinner in New York where he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for his stalwart support of Israel and his commitment to fight against anti-Semitism.
He said attacks against Israel have evolved over the years from conventional warfare to terrorism and international isolation, the ADL disclosed in a statement.
“Now the war has entered a new phase,” Murdoch said. “This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it. The battle ground is everywhere – the media, multinational organizations. In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah.”
He also told the ADL gathering: “When Americans think of anti-Semitism, we tend to think of the vulgar caricatures and attacks of the first part of the 20th century. Now it seems that the most virulent strains come from the left. Often this new anti-Semitism dresses itself up as legitimate disagreement with Israel.”
Murdoch said the United States should stand by its ally Israel in times of crisis, and that the White House should not distance itself from Israel to seek credibility in the Muslim world.
“Some believe that if America wants to gain credibility in the Muslim world and advance the cause of peace, Washington needs to put some distance between itself and Israel. My view is the opposite,” he said. “Far from making peace more possible, we are making hostilities more certain.”
Murdoch was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award and was feted by film producer Harvey Weinstein, Fox News President Roger Ailes, ADL National Chair Robert G. Sugarman, and ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman, among other dignitaries.
Foxman recalled how his first introduction to Murdoch was in a private setting, “away from the media spotlight.”
“I have come to know the man, not his image,” Foxman said in presenting the award. “I learned that he cared deeply about the safety and security of Israel. I learned that he was as distressed as I was about efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, to hold it to a double standard, and to seek its demise by some.”
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