Elon Musk bans the use of ‘from the river to the sea’ and ‘decolonisation’ on X

Slogan emphasizes Palestinians’ right to their land and their resistance against Israel’s injustices 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 mogul Elon Musk announced on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that individuals using the slogan “from the river to the sea” and the term “decolonisation” will face suspension.

According to Musk, these words and phrases are considered anti-Semitic and contribute to increased hostility towards Jews.

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

In his repost of the tweet, he added: “As I mentioned earlier this week, ‘decolonisation’, ‘from the river to the sea’, and similar euphemisms inherently imply genocide.

“Explicit calls for extreme violence violate our terms of service and will result in suspension.”

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

It originated in 1964 when the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) advocated for a unified state encompassing its historic territories under the leadership of Yasser Arafat.

However, this proposal was not accepted and instead, over 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes in what became known as the Nakba, or the “catastrophe”.

The slogan embodies Palestinians’ entitlement to their land and highlights their resistance against Israel’s injustices since its occupation of Palestine.

Despite this, the West and Israel perceive the use of these phrases and words as anti-Semitic statements, as they believe the land rightfully belongs to them based on their scriptures.

This action follows criticism directed at Musk by the White House for endorsing an anti-Semitic post on Wednesday, prompting major brands to pause their advertisements on X.

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