Elon Musk posted a series of late-night tweets attacking Soros days after reports that his foundation had sold its entire stake in Tesla. Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS
Elon Musk was accused of inciting anti-Semitism after he compared George Soros to the Jewish supervillain Magneto and said that the billionaire philanthropist “hates humanity.”
G- Musk has published a series of articles. about late-night tweets attacking Soros days after reports that his fund sold its entire $16m (£12.8m) stake in Tesla in the first quarter of 2023.
The comments overshadowed Tesla's annual investor day, at which Musk promised to launch new products and bet that the company's future success would be fueled by sales of humanoid robots dubbed Tesla Optimus.
Tesla's CEO tweeted: ” Soros reminds me of Magneto.”
Mr. Musk, the second richest man in the world, added: “He wants to destroy the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.”
Magneto is the nemesis of the X-Men in Marvel comics who wants to conquer the world and believes that superpowered mutants should replace humans as a master race.
Magneto's parents were killed during the Holocaust in the Auschwitz concentration camp. camp. Soros, 92, survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary and moved to Britain in 1947.
You are assuming they have good intentions. They are not. He wants to destroy the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023
The comments sparked a wave of criticism: The Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Jewish NGO Anti-Defamation League (ADL) accused Musk of fomenting anti-Semitism.ADL chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt said: “The far right often refers to Soros as the source of the world's problems using anti-Semitic clichés.”
David Saranga, head of digital at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said: Jews are trending #Twitter now , and is filled with anti-Semitic plots and hate speech against Jews around the world. Unfortunately, Twitter is doing nothing to address this issue.”
He continued: “Seeing Elon Musk, regardless of his intentions, fuel this segment – likening him to a Jewish supervillain, claiming that Soros “hates humanity” – is not just upsetting, it’s dangerous: it will embolden extremists who are already coming up with anti-Jewish conspiracies and are trying to attack Soros and Jewish communities as a result.”
Yair Rosenberg, a Jewish-American journalist for The Atlantic, called Mr. Soros and Magneto “literally ideological opposites.”
Concentration camp survivor Soros has become the target of right-wing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg < p> He said: “George Soros is an avowed universalist who grew up with Esperanto, an artificial universal language that was supposed to unite all people under one language. Magneto is a recognized particularist who devotes all his energy to his own people, the mutants.
Documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week showed that Mr. Soros' family office, Soros Fund Management, sold more than 132,000 Tesla shares between January and March.
The Fund began to buy shares of the electric car. maker for the first time in early 2022 and has gradually increased its stake throughout the year.
The sale is expected to bring Mr. Soros a significant profit after Tesla's share price surged earlier this year.
At Tesla's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, Musk predicted that his robot would create most of the company's long-term value.
He said the tech firm could make up to $20 billion. Tesla robots based on expected demand. “What I'm saying is that it's a very large number – a number that far exceeds the number of cars,” Musk said.
He also denied rumors that he was stepping down as Tesla's chief executive, instead saying that wants to observe his role in the development of artificial intelligence.