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By Pesach Benson, TPS

Elon Musk, owner of X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, said on Friday that people using terms such as “from the river to the sea” and “decolonization” would have their accounts suspended.

“As I said earlier this week, ‘decolonization’, ‘from the river to the sea’ and similar euphemisms necessarily imply genocide,” the South African magnate posted on X.

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

Musk was responding to a user who asked if people using those terms would be suspended.

Musk also said that “’decolonization’ necessarily implies a Jewish genocide, thus it is unacceptable to any reasonable person.”

The slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” is a call for a Palestinian state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, encompassing not only Judea and Samaria but the entire state of Israel.

On Wednesday, a than 30 people participated in a video call on Wednesday with Adam Presser, TikTok’s head of operations, and Seth Melnick, the company’s global head of user operations, pressing the video-hosting service to take action against antisemitic bigotry and incitement against Israel.

Included were actors Sacha Baron Cohen, Debra Messing, and Amy Schumer.

Cohen said “shame on you” to executives, demanding that they “flip a switch” to stop the flow of hate. “What is happening at TikTok is it is creating the biggest antisemitic movement since the Nazis,” he noted.

Melnik and Presser disputed that ending bigotry on the platform could be done with the ease of pushing a button.

The creator of “Borat” pointed out that indoctrination starts young, alluding to the fact that TikTok is the most popular social platform for kids, according to studies across the board.

“If you think back to Oct. 7, the reason why Hamas were able to behead young people and rape women was they were fed images from when they were small kids that led them to hate,” Cohen said.

When Messing urged TikTok to stop the use of the Israel-eliminationist phrase, “From the river to the sea,” she received pushback from the executives, who claimed that was open to interpretation.

Presser said TikTok’s “approach up until Oct. 7 (and continuing today), has been that for instances where people use the phrase where it’s not clear, where someone is just using it casually, that has been considered acceptable speech.”

 

This suggestion of “casual” use of the phrase drew objections. Messing urged TikTok to reconsider its position.

“It is much more responsible to bar it at this juncture than to say, ‘Oh, well, some people, they use it in a different way than it actually was created to mean,’ ” said the former “Will and Grace” star. “I understand that you are in a very, very difficult and complicated place, but you also are the main platform for the dissemination of Jew hate.”

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