Rupert Murdoch Addresses Controversial Israel Tweet, Anti-Defamation League Accepts Apology
After raising eyebrows and drawing criticism for a tweet accusing "Jewish-owned press" for being anti-Israel, and issuing a brief clarification the next day, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has issued a formal apology to a leading Jewish advocacy group.
In a letter to the Anti-Defamation League, Murdoch wrote, “I feel very strongly about the righteousness of Israeli’s cause, particularly when its citizens are under missile attack. So I do get very upset when I see coverage that I feel is unfair and biased towards Israel. But I should have stuck to the substance of the issue and not bring in irrelevant and incorrect ethnic matters."
In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, ADL head Abraham Foxman said he accepted Murdoch's mea culpa.
"After speaking with Mr. Murdoch, it is clear that he deeply regretted posting his remark on Twitter and understands how his reference to 'Jewish owned media' could play into the age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about 'Jewish control' of the news media," he said. "We appreciate his effort to apologize, and to make clear that his remarks were an attempt to defend Israel made at a time when the Jewish state is under direct assault, and were not intended to hurt or to offend."
Murdoch has been an ally of the ADL, speaking in front of the organization on several occasions. In 2010, the ADL honored Murdoch at its International Leadership Awards, where he said in a speech, "We live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews."