Elon Musk’s Tour Of Hamas’ Devastation In Israel Could Have Waited?
Billionaire Elon Musk is trying to make amends, or at least do damage control, after endorsing an antisemitic post on his platform X, previously known as Twitter. This week, he paid a visit to Israel to prove, as he put it, that “actions speak louder than words.”
Actions speak louder than words— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2023
In the latest controversy, Jewish groups on social media quickly pointed out that the statement Musk endorsed as “the actual truth” is actually a version of a racist conspiracy theory. This ugly “Great Replacement” theory has been behind terrible mass shootings in the US.
Musk’s Conversation With Benjamin Netanyahu
The theory states welcoming immigration policies – particularly those impacting non-white immigrants – are part of a plot designed to undermine or “replace” the political power and culture of white people living in Western countries, according to National Immigration Forum.
The backlash to the billionaire’s comments was swift. Musk came under international criticism and advertisers pulled their campaigns from X. Subsequently, he set off on a trip to Israel, a nation in the midst of a bloody conflict with Hamas militants.
He and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a live conversation on the platform, during which Musk said, “Those who are intent on murder must be neutralised. Then the propaganda must stop.” He also noted he’d “love to help” make Gaza “prosperous”.
A Tour Of Israel In The Middle Of A Bloody Conflict
The Chief Executive of Tesla and SpaceX toured a kibbutz that was attacked by Hamas on October 7 and met some of the family members of the hostages taken by the Palestinian Islamist militant group that day. But could have the meeting waited?
It seems meeting with a billionaire on a reputation-saving mission should certainly not be on the top of the list of priorities for Israeli leaders. A tour of Israel in the middle of a bloody conflict doesn’t even come close to solving the root problem of antisemitism.