Islamophobe Frank Gaffney argued Tuesday that the Jewish philanthropist and Democratic donor George Soros and the refugee aide organization HIAS have not been the victims of anti-Semitism, despite the pipe bomb mailed to Soros last week and the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter’s social media posts citing HIAS as a motive for allegedly killing 11 Jews.
In claiming that the two are not victims of anti-Semitism, Gaffney echoed the shooter’s online rhetoric that HIAS is responsible for bringing purportedly dangerous foreigners into the United States.
Rather than arguing the facts of the anti-Semitic ire focused against Soros and HIAS, Gaffney appeared to argue that their left-wing politics made them ineligible for such attacks. “Political violence is one, unacceptable form of political warfare. Lying for political advantage is another,” he said at the conclusion of his podcast Tuesday.
“Billionaire George Soros’ security detail got one of the so-called pipe-bombs and we’re told now he’s a ‘victim of anti-Semitism,’” Gaffney said on the podcast. “In fact, for years his funding has promoted hostility towards Israel and enabled the world’s most aggressive anti-Semites: rabid leftists and their Sharia-supremacist allies.”
He added: “The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society was an object of the Pittsburgh shooter’s enmity. But this organization, another putative ‘victim’ of anti-Semitism, has long brought here inadequately vetted and potentially Jew-hating Muslim refugees – and savaged President Trump for opposing such practices.”
Gaffney currently leads the Center for Security Policy, an anti-Muslim think tank, but National Security Adviser John Bolton’s outgoing chief of staff will soon take over atop the organization.
Soros and has been the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories for decades, most recently through a lie propagated by even some elected Republicans and conservative groups that he is funding migrants and asylum seekers currently making their way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. President Donald Trump has frequently falsely accused Soros of paying protesters.
Robert Bowers, the man charged with killing 11 Jews after opening fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, obsessed over HIAS’ mission of aiding refugees in numerous anti-Semitic posts on the website Gab.
In fact, Gaffney’s assertion that HIAS “has long brought here inadequately vetted and potentially Jew-hating Muslim refugees” echoes Bowers’ last post online before the murders. Bowers wrote: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.”
H/t Right Wing Watch.
- -Hiring More Journalists
- -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
- -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism