Monday, November 27, 2023
Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has begun his wartime visit to Israel as he landed in Tel Aviv on Monday to discuss "rising antisemitism" on social media with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
During his visit to Tel Aviv, the tech billionaire will also meet the relatives of the hostages held by Hamas following their October 7 attack.
“In their meeting, the president will emphasise the need to act to combat rising antisemitism online," said President Herzog's office on Sunday after announcing the meeting with Musk.
His meeting comes after the tech guru was accused by civil rights groups of amplifying anti-Jewish hatred on the microblogging website X, formerly known as Twitter.
The tweet accused Jews of promoting hatred against whites, and Musk's reply, acknowledging the statement as the "actual truth," triggered a fierce online backlash.
Musk, later defending himself against accusations of anti-semitism, asserted that such claims were "nothing could be further from the truth." He clarified his intentions, expressing goodwill towards humanity and a desire for a prosperous future for all.
In an effort to counterbalance the controversy, Musk announced his commitment to donating advertising revenue from his company, X, to hospitals in Israel and Gaza.
Last week, Israeli media reported that Musk would visit Israel this week, with plans to tour Gaza border towns.
According to N12, the Tesla magnate was expected to engage in discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Herzog during his visit.
Additionally, Musk had previously pledged to provide internet satellite connectivity to Gaza's remaining civilians and humanitarian workers.