The populist Right was thriving on social media until 2017.
After Donald Trump was elected, Jonathan Greenblatt and the ADL’s Center for Technology and Society in Silicon Valley worked with Big Tech to censor the internet. The censorship was gradual at first, but culminated in purging Trump when he was the president of the United States. The people who are still standing on social media have been throttled, demonetized and shadowbanned. Recently, Greenblatt has called on the cable companies to deplatform FOX News to censor Tucker Carlson.
“In our super-charged partisan times, it is often said that every issue has become politicized, with each side of the spectrum lining up on “their” side. This is also true of antisemitism which, like so many other issues in society, is polarized with partisan interpretations.
We know this from our long history, and we have seen it over the past several weeks. The left too often claims that the only real antisemitism is on the right. The right claims that the left is the sole problem.
This is unfortunate from all directions, because neither side has a monopoly on morality, and antisemitism shows up across the political spectrum. It is the world’s oldest conspiracy theory, a sick set of beliefs that can spread with alarming speed. To fight this virus, we need leaders from all corners to stand up and root it out, even when it comes from one’s allies and friends.
While extremism on the right has dominated the public conversation for much of the past five years, from moments during the 2016 campaign to the Jan 6 insurrection, right now the challenge is also rising among certain elements of the far left. …
Demonizing Zionism as a concept represents a kind of anti-Jewish racism. Delegitimizing the Jewish state with exaggerated claims and unhinged charges, then dismissing the connection between that level of inflammatory rhetoric and the violence perpetrated against Jewish people, is willfully ignorant at best, intentionally malign at worst. Excluding Jews from political coalitions or public activities is discrimination, plain and simple. …”
The power to censor the internet was always going to be abused to silence political opposition, crush independent media and criticism of the political establishment. Greenblatt is signaling that it is now time to purge “elements of the far left” who are “demonizing Zionism.”