Elon Musk prohibits use of ‘from the river to the sea’, ‘decolonisation’ on X

Slogan notes Palestinians’ right to their land, their struggle against Israel’s atrocities since its occupation of Palestine

Tesla, X, formerly known as Twitter and SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk attends the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Bletchley, Britain on November 1, 2023. — Reuters

Tech giant Elon Musk on Saturday stated in a post on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that anyone who uses the slogan “from the river to the sea” and the word  “decolonisation” will be suspended.

According to Musk, these words and phrases are anti-Semitic and lead to an increased hatred towards Jews.

He reposted his previous tweet in which he says that the term decolonisation, “necessarily implies a Jewish genocide, thus it is unacceptable to any reasonable person.”

While reposting the tweet, he wrote: “As I said earlier this week, ‘decolonisation’, ‘from the river to the sea’ and similar euphemisms necessarily imply genocide.

“Clear calls for extreme violence are against our terms of service and will result in suspension.”

“From the river to the sea” is a Palestinian slogan that signifies the liberation of occupied Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

It originated in 1964 when the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) called for a single state to encompass its historic territories under Yasser Arafat’s leadership.

However, this proposition was never accepted and more than 750,000 Palestinians were instead driven from their homes in what became known as the Nakba, or the “catastrophe”.

The slogan asserts Palestinians’ right to their land, highlighting their struggle against Israel’s atrocities since its occupation of Palestine.

Nevertheless, as they maintain that the land is rightfully theirs based on their scriptures, the West and Israel believe the use of these phrases and words to be anti-Semitic statements.

The move comes after Musk was heavily criticised by the White House for backing an anti-Semitic post on Wednesday, which resulted in leading brands to pause advertisements on X.

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