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Netanyahu and Musk Visit Kibbutz Kfar Aza, Confronting the Aftermath of October 7th Massacre

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Elon Musk toured Kibbutz Kfar Aza. The Prime Minister showed Musk the horrors of the massacre at the kibbutz on Oct. 7th. Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council Acting Chairman Yossi Keren and IDF Spokesperson representative Liad Diamond briefed Musk on the massacre at the kibbutz.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Elon Musk went to the Leibstein family residence where the latter heard about the heroism of the late Ofir Leibstein, the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council Chairman who was murdered on the morning of Oct. 7 in exchanges of fire with terrorists who had entered the kibbutz.

“We have to demilitarize Gaza after the destruction of Hamas, and we have to deradicalize Gaza … and then we have to also rebuild Gaza,” Netanyahu said in a live chat with Musk on X.

“I’d like to help as well,” Musk said, before mentioning the importance of rebuilding Japan and Germany after WWII.

Israel and Hamas on Monday agreed to extend a pause in the fighting in Gaza by two days, Israeli, Hamas, and Qatari officials said. Monday was originally scheduled to be the last day of a four-day pause, which was agreed upon to secure the release of 50 of the hostages that Hamas took in the Oct. 7 attack. Israeli and U.S. officials have said the deal is structured to incentivize Hamas to release more of the hostages. Under the terms, Israel has agreed to extend the pause by a day for every 10 additional hostages Hamas releases.

“While this deal marks significant progress, we will not rest as long as Hamas continues to hold hostages in Gaza.  My highest priority is the safety and security of Americans overseas, and we will continue our efforts to secure the release of every hostage and their swift reunification with their families,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said.

The Prime Minister and Musk proceeded to the Itamari family residence where Musk heard about Avigail Idan (4), whose parents were murdered and she was abducted to Gaza and released yesterday from Hamas captivity. At the family home, an IDF Spokesperson representative showed photographs that were taken a few days after the massacre.

War And Social Media

Disinformation about the war has spread on social media platforms, particularly X (formerly known as Twitter). The European Union warned Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg that X and Meta were hosting disinformation and illegal content about the war, with potential fines of up to 6% of the companies’ global revenue according to the Digital Services Act.

In response to the reports, X’s CEO Linda Yaccarino told EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton that it had “taken action to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content” and removed hundreds of accounts linked to Hamas.

According to NewsGuard, “at least 14 false claims related to the war garnered 22 million views across X, TikTok, and Instagram within three days of the Hamas attack”. On 13 October, the EU opened an investigation into X about the spread of disinformation and terrorist content related to the war.

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