“Free Speech Absolutist” Elon Musk Says X Will Suspend Accounts Using “From The River To The Sea”

Owner of the X platform, Elon Musk announced that it would suspend accounts that use the phrases “From the river to the sea”, “decolonization”, and similar “euphemisms.” Earlier, Musk has called himself a “free speech absolutist”, and took the position that the hotly disputed terms are clear hate speech meant to incite “extreme violence.”

“From the river to the sea” is a Palestinian slogan that signifies the liberation of occupied Palestine. The river referred to here is the Jordan River, and the sea references the Mediterranean Sea. It dates back to 1964, four years before the Nakba “catastrophe” which saw the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians. The slogan simply asserts their right to land. On the other hand, the term ‘decolonization’ is originally an academic one emerging from ‘post-colonialism’ which refers to the literal, and abstract undoing of a colonial occupation, either from the land itself or from the psychological, cultural, and generational aspects.

Preceding these remarks, Musk faced controversy over other comments that have been labeled as anti-Semitic by several organizations. On Wednesday, he replied to a post by X user, saying that Jewish people are promoting hatred against white people, which Musk called the “actual truth.” Many organizations have accused Musk of being anti-Semitic and boycotted Ads on X.

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