Jewish Group Calls MSNBC Host’s Tweet ‘Anti-Semitism’
A Jewish group is calling a controversial tweet sent out by MSNBC host Toure last week is “disgusting anti-Semitism.”
“It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse-racism basically,” Efraim Zuroff, Israel office director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told The Blaze.
Last week, Toure engaged with another Twitter user, after the host sent a link to an article posted at the website Policy Mic titled “7 Actual Facts That Prove White Privilege Exists In America.”
The twitter user, @hope_and_chains, responded to Toure mentioning that some of his relatives survived a Nazi concentration camp before coming to the U.S.
“My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work,” wrote the user.
“The power of whiteness,” Toure responded.
The power of whiteness: RT @hope_and_chains: My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.
— Touré (@Toure) May 23, 2014
“There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy. This is a perfect example: ‘Jews made it because they’re white and Jews,'” Zuroff told The Blaze.
While MSNBC did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment, the Twitter user who was the target of Toure’s remark did.
“It didn’t really hit me at first that what Toure said was really, really low,” said the user through email. He said that his grandfather migrated to the U.S. after surviving Dachau, an infamous Nazi concentration camp.
But then the tweet was picked up by Twitchy.com, a site that crowdsources so-called Twitter wars, often between liberals and conservatives.
“Perhaps I should have known better and recognized from the start that he was about to make a lot of people angry,” said the user.
Toure is “known for drumming up race wars via Twitter,” he told TheDC.
“Toure is among the worst of these people, in my book. And it really does a great disservice to some good, thoughtful, and respectful debate in the public realm,” he said.
In a separate Twitter incident involving another MSNBC host, Ronan Farrow, sent a tweet on Monday comparing his dating life to the movie “Schindler’s List,” which depicted a German man who helped rescue Jews from concentration camps.
“All my business meetings are like ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ and all my dates are like ‘Schindler’s List’, am I doing something wrong,” Farrow tweeted.