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Elon Musk visits Auschwitz with X’s son and meets Holocaust survivors, weeks after facing huge backlash for endorsing an anti-Semitic post on X, as he continues to fight claims that hate speech has exploded on his website since Hamas invaded Israel October 7th

X owner Elon Musk was scheduled to address anti-Semitism online Monday at an event in Poland where he will be interviewed by conservative activist Ben Shapiro, just weeks after causing a firestorm by endorsing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

The conference, which is being organized by the European Jewish Association, comes after Musk retweeted the theory in November, calling it «the real truth» – before apologizing.

Musk touched down in the city in Poland early on Monday in a private jet, then drove the Tesla from the airport.

Auschwitz concentration camp was the place where one million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. A total of six million Jews perished in the death camps during World War II.

The tech mogul has also faced accusations of spreading hate speech on X, formerly Twitter, since his takeover of the social network in October 2022 for $44 billion.

Following the barbaric attack on Israel by Hamas on January 7, the platform’s prevalent anti-Semitism was highlighted.

In December, the Anti-Defamation League reported a 337 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents between October and the end of 2023 compared to the same period last year.

Musk holds his son X Æ A-12 and participates in a private visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with European Jewish Association President Rabbi Menach Margolin, Ben Shapiro and Holocaust survivor Gidon Lev.

Musk looks at the map alongside Rabbi Menachem

During his visit, Musk lights a candle behind a sign echoing the cry: Never again

Musk pictured alongside Ben Shapiro at the site of the Nazi German extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Auschwitz, Poland

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Senior political leaders from European countries and Musk will meet in Krakow to «discuss and find solutions to the astronomical rise in anti-Semitism affecting Europe,» the European Jewish Association said.

Musk arrived in Poland on a private plane and took a Tesla car from the airport

Senior political leaders from European countries and Musk will meet in Krakow to «discuss and find solutions to the astronomical rise in anti-Semitism affecting Europe,» the European Jewish Association said.

«This worrying trend» has been escalating since the Gaza war.

The conflict erupted when Hamas terrorists launched unprecedented attacks on Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of about 1,140 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to AFP statistics based on official figures.

The militants also took about 250 hostages during the attacks, of whom about 132 remain in Gaza, according to Israel.

Israel responded with a relentless bombardment, and the ground offensive killed at least 25,105 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

Musk was scheduled to speak on a panel at 4:00 p.m. local time alongside right-wing political commentator Ben Shapiro.

The symposium comes shortly before the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp on January 27, a date that has become Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The conference, which is being organized by the European Jewish Association, comes after Musk retweeted the theory in November, calling it «the real truth» – before apologizing.

Musk has also been accused of contributing to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving liberal philanthropist George Soros.

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One million European Jews died in a camp built by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland between 1940 and 1945, along with more than 100,000 non-Jews.

On Tuesday, the conference participants are scheduled to visit the site of the former death camp.

– “An example for others” –

During a live discussion broadcast on X in September, the chairman of the European Jewish Association, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, invited Musk to visit Auschwitz.

Margolin said it would be a «very powerful statement» and «could do a lot to raise awareness of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism.»

Musk agreed that it could be «useful … as an example for others.»

Elsewhere in the discussion, Musk described himself as «aspirationally Jewish» and said he attended a Hebrew preschool.

«It’s absurd to be accused of something when all the evidence points in the opposite direction and my entire life story is actually pro-Semitic,» he added at the time.

Musk has threatened to file a lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy group, over its claims that problematic and racist speech has soared on the site since he took over.

X Corp is also currently suing the non-profit organization Media Matters on the grounds that it drove away advertisers by portraying the site as saturated with anti-Semitic content.

– “I play a huge role” –

In a November comment on X, Musk called the post «the real truth,» saying that Jewish communities advocate «dialectical hatred of whites.»

The post was criticized as echoing an old conspiracy theory among white racists.

Musk’s announcement sparked a flurry of exits from X’s top advertisers and the White House accused him of «heinous promotion» of anti-Semitism.

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The social media titan later apologized for what he called «literally the worst and stupidest post I’ve ever made.»

He said it was misinterpreted and that he tried to clarify the remark in subsequent posts to the thread.

After the controversy, the SpaceX founder visited Israel, but said the trip was planned earlier and was not an «apology tour.»

Israel’s representative Isaac Herzog told the tech mogul that he has a «huge role» in the fight against anti-Semitism.

«We have to fight this together because unfortunately there’s a lot of … anti-Semitism harbored on the platforms that you run,» Herzog said.

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