Musk Refuses Hamas Invitation to Tour Gaza

Elon Musk, a US billionaire, has declined an invitation to visit besieged Gaza, citing the fact that it is “a bit dangerous” there right now.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has declined an invitation from a top Hamas leader to travel Gaza and view the aftermath of Israel’s continuous attacks on the Palestinian territory.

The US millionaire recently visited Israel and agreed that the country had no choice except to destroy Hamas.

On Tuesday, Hamas politburo member Osama Hamdan told a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, that the Palestinian armed group would be happy to show Musk “the extent of the massacres and destruction committed against the people of Gaza, in compliance with the standards of objectivity and credibility.”

When asked to respond on the invitation on X (previously Twitter), Musk said, “[it] seems a bit dangerous there right now.” “But I do believe that a long-term prosperous Gaza is good for all sides,” he added.

Musk made the statements after visiting Israel on Monday, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog and toured through a kibbutz that had been destroyed by Hamas.

He also spoke with Netanyahu and agreed with the latter’s stance on Hamas, noting that “those who are intent on murder must be neutralized.”

Musk’s trip to Israel comes after the billionaire was chastised for allegedly harboring “anti-Semitic” beliefs. He strongly agreed with one article that accused Jews of “pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.”

He’s also had run-ins with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish advocacy group that accused him of enabling hate speech on X. Musk has disputed the claims of anti-Semitism and has vowed to sue the organization.

The fight, which began on October 7 with a Hamas strike on Israel, has resulted in thousands of dead on both sides, as well as a humanitarian crisis and massive devastation in Gaza. Tensions between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli communities around the world have risen as hostilities have escalated.

Hamas’ Non-Advertising Accounts in the X Platform Were Removed

Since the militant group’s attack on Israel, the X social media platform has banned hundreds of Hamas-affiliated profiles and taken measures to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content, according to its CEO.

The decision was made in response to EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton’s 24-hour ultimatum to Elon Musk to combat the propagation of disinformation on X – formerly known as Twitter – since the Hamas attack in order to comply with new EU online content standards.

Breton stated that he had evidence that X was being used throughout the European Union to transmit unlawful content and disinformation.

The recently enacted Digital Services Act (DSA) mandates significant internet platforms, such as X and Meta’s Facebook, to delete illegal information and take steps to address threats to public safety and civic discourse.

CEO Linda Yaccarino said on Thursday that X has shifted resources and refocused internal teams to manage the quickly growing issue.

She stated that the Musk-owned corporation formed a leadership group to analyze the issue in the aftermath of the attack.

“We wish to reiterate that we welcome further engagement with you and your team, including a meeting, to address any specific questions and look forward to receiving further specifics to which we can respond,” Yaccarino stated in the letter that was published on the company’s website.

According to the letter, X has reacted to more than 80 takedown requests received in the EU within the appropriate schedule and has not received any notices from Europol reporting unlawful content on the site.

On Wednesday, Breton issued a similar warning to Meta, ordering the business 24 hours to inform him of actions taken to stop the spread of disinformation on its platforms in the aftermath of the Israeli attack.

2 thoughts on “Musk Refuses Hamas Invitation to Tour Gaza”

  1. Requests to comply to contents standards in an EU that often prides itself for upholding ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSIONS. Wow, this shows how EU is beginning to alas, progress to Third World censorship standards !

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