Elon Musk throughout a go to to Israel on Monday toured a kibbutz that was attacked by Hamas militants as he faces backlash over antisemitic content material on X, previously Twitter.
The proprietor of X and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Kfar Azza kibbutz, the place Hamas fighters led a lethal assault on Israeli civilians, together with girls and kids, on Oct. 7. The pair additionally visited the households of victims, and Musk was briefed on a few of the particulars of the assault.
“It was jarring to see the scene of the bloodbath,” Musk mentioned in an X Spaces conversation with Netanyahu later within the day.
Netanyahu’s workplace additionally mentioned Israeli officers advised Musk about Abigail Idan, a 4-year-old American-Israeli citizen who was taken hostages by Hamas on Oct. 7 after she witnessed her mother and father being killed. She was one of many 17 hostages launched Sunday amid the four-day truce struck between Hamas and Israel.
Netanyahu and Musk of their X Areas dialog on Monday largely mentioned the continuing battle and the next results it’s had around the globe, however they didn’t talk about the antisemitic accusations Musk is going through.
Musk confronted a wave of criticism after he appeared to endorse an antisemitic publish on X earlier this month.
One person claimed on X that Jews have been encouraging “dialectical hatred towards whites” and referenced the “hordes of minorities that assist flooding their nation.” Musk then steered that the person had mentioned “the precise reality.” This declare echoes an antisemitic conspiracy principle that accuses Jews of desirous to flood Western nations with nonwhite immigrants.
The White Home slammed the remark as “unacceptable” as antisemitic incidents rise across the U.S. amid the Israel-Hamas warfare.
Musk’s X additionally faces corporations halting their promoting on the platform after Media Issues for America mentioned it had discovered advertisements for corporations together with Apple, Bravo, Oracle, Xfinity and IBM positioned subsequent to posts celebrating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Celebration on the platform. This, together with Musk’s publish, prompted main corporations, together with IBM, Lionsgate, Disney, Apple and Paramount, to go away the platform.
Shlomo Karhi, the Israeli minister of communications, additionally mentioned on Monday that he and Musk got here to an settlement over using Starlink satellite tv for pc items in Israel. Starlink, which is operated by Musk’s SpaceX, is a community of hundreds of satellites that may present high-speed Web the world over.
“Because of this important settlement, Starlink satellite tv for pc items can solely be operated in Israel with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Communications, together with the Gaza Strip,” Karhi wrote on X.
The Hill has reached out to Starlink and X for remark.
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