Elon Musk visited Israel to meet top leaders and tour a kibbutz attacked by Hamas as accusations of antisemitism on his social media platform X continue to grow. He was accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Elon Musk’s Visit to Israel
Elon Musk, who has been facing backlash over allegations of antisemitism on his social media platform X, embarked on a visit to Israel. During the visit, he toured the Kfar Azza kibbutz, which was the target of a violent assault by Hamas militants.
Meeting with Israeli Leaders
Accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Musk visited the homes of victims, including the family of a 4-year-old girl with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship who was held hostage by Hamas. He was also scheduled to meet Israeli President Isaac Herzog and former defense minister Benny Gantz.
Engagement with Israeli Government and X
While the purpose of Musk’s visit remains unclear, government spokesperson Eylon Levy did not disclose whether Musk was invited or came to Israel on his own. X, previously known as Twitter, did not respond to requests for comments. Additionally, Israel’s communications minister, Shlomo Karhi, mentioned an agreement with Musk’s company Starlink for the operation of satellite units in Israel, including the Gaza Strip.
Accusations and Controversies Surrounding X
Accusations of antisemitism on X have been the subject of significant scrutiny, with the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations raising concerns about the platform’s tolerance of such content. The situation escalated when major brands like Disney and IBM suspended advertising on the platform due to a report by Media Matters, which revealed the placement of ads alongside pro-Nazi and white nationalist posts.
Response and Legal Action
Musk responded to a user’s accusation related to antisemitism, sparking further criticism. Subsequently, X filed a lawsuit against Media Matters, alleging that the organization fabricated the report in an attempt to drive advertisers away from the platform. This development comes in the wake of previous engagements between Musk and Netanyahu, with the Israeli Prime Minister emphasizing the importance of combating hate speech during his visit to California in September.