A New York Magazine journalist has sparked outrage after claiming that “Zionists could have saved hundreds of thousands of Jews from the gas chambers during the Holocaust.”
Tirhakah Love, a senior writer and author of the Dinner Party newsletter, posted three sickening tweets to X on Oct. 11.
The messages didn’t catch the attention of other users until weeks later — and Love quickly set his account to private.
“Wait until they find out that the Zionists could have saved hundreds of thousands of Jews from the gas chambers and decided not to,” the journalist wrote.
‘The Nuremberg trials showed that they actively negotiated with the Nazis and even helped SS officers in Hungary to get rid of mass murders. this is not about anti-Semitism.”
He previously sparked controversy by tweeting his joy at the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year.
Tirhakah Love, the author of the New York Magazine newsletter Dinner Party, has been targeted by netizens for his inflammatory tweets
In three large paragraphs, Love claimed that “Zionists” could have saved Jewish people from the gas chambers during the Holocaust and “decided not to,” instead colluding with the Nazis.
Love is a senior writer at New York Magazine and has been there since 2021; he previously covered entertainment for The Daily Beast
Yascha Mounk, a German-American political scientist and writer for The Atlantic, quickly called him out.
It read: “Harvard students: ‘Israel is solely responsible for the brutal murder of 1,400 civilians by Hamas.’
‘Writer for Vox and New York Magazine: Hold my beer. Hmm. How can I defeat its wickedness? OK, I get it: ‘Zionists’ are responsible for the Holocaust.”
Mounk referred to a letter written by Harvard students that held Israel “fully responsible for all the unfolding violence.”
The fallout from the letter was, coincidentally, discussed in an article in the New Yorker just days before the response.
“I don’t want journalists to be fired over a single tweet, no matter how stupid and mean,” Mounk added.
“But one of the things that makes cancel culture so corrosive is that it turns everything into a zero-sum conflict – and shows very clearly who counts and who doesn’t.”
He continued, “Does anyone seriously think that a writer who suggested that slavery was ‘really’ the responsibility of Africans would remain employed by Vox or New York Magazine? Of course not.
‘But hey. They are Jews. They are white. And privileged. And guilty. So you can say whatever you want about them without consequences.’
Mounk himself was born in Munich, and much of his mother’s side of the family was killed during the Holocaust.
After the response, the writer set his account to private
Love was consumed by controversy in September over comments he made about the death of Queen Elizabeth II
“I don’t care,” Love wrote in the evening newsletter. “For 96 years, that colonizer has been sucking up the Earth’s resources.”
Love soon became the target of others, including oneauthor and quantitative marketer Eric Seufert.
“What you have written here is patently false,” Seufert wrote, “and the conclusions you draw from your own ahistorical interpretation of the facts are completely insane and reprehensible.”
Another critic was Ami Dar, the founder of Idealist.org, a job site for nonprofits and volunteering.
Dar, a native of Jerusalem, wrote: “You have to be careful. I am serious. Anti-Semitism is a virus that eats your brain. You may be too far gone, but get help before it’s too late.”
Love pwas roundly criticized for comments he made after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“For 96 years, that colonizer has been sucking up the Earth’s resources,” he wrote in a September edition of the newsletter.
“You cannot be a literal oppressor and not expect that the people you have oppressed will not rejoice at the news of your death.”
He added, “Now I’m supposed to be quiet, or better yet, actually mourn what was a barely breathing Glad ForceFlex garbage bag? Please do not.
“We all have our methods of grieving friends; doing the electric slide on a colonizer’s grave just happens to be mine.”
The Dinner Party newsletter launched in April 2022 and aims to “capture the most chaotic, absurd and controversial moments in entertainment, politics and corporate clowning.”
Before his current job, Love worked for four months as an entertainment reporter at The Daily Beast.
He describes himself as “adept in cultural criticism, essay writing, reporting, public speaking and leadership.”