Elon Musk Announces Starlink Will Service International Aid Orgs in Gaza After Israel Severs All Telecommunications [UPDATE]Chris Menahan
Oct. 28, 2023
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In the wake of Israel severing all telecommunications in Gaza through a relentless bombing campaign, X owner Elon Musk announced that Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in the besieged strip.
"Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza," Musk said. "We will support the UN and other internationally recognized aid groups."
The Israeli government immediately threw a fit and accused Musk of supporting terrorism:
"Israel will use all means at its disposal to fight this," Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi kvetched on X. "HAMAS will use it for terrorist activities. There is no doubt about it, we know it, and musk knows it. HAMAS is ISIS."
"Perhaps Musk would be willing to condition it with the release of our abducted babies, sons, daughters, elderly people. All of them! By then, my office will cut any ties with starlink," Karhi said.
As I reported last night, the Palestine Red Crescent Society emergency medical service lost all communications with their operations rooms and EMS teams:
Oxfam in Jerusalem said Israel's intense bombing "caused the destruction of all remaining international routes linking Gaza to the outside world."
The move to cut off all communications came as Israel launched it's most savage bombing campaign to date, leaving untold numbers of innocent civilians buried under rubble, hopelessly screaming for help with no way for EMS to respond and save them from their fate.
Musk told Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi that "we are not so naive" as to let Hamas use Starlink.
"Per my post, no Starlink terminal has attempted to connect from Gaza," Musk said. "If one does, we will take extraordinary measures to confirm that it is used *only* for purely humanitarian reasons. Moreover, we will do a security check with both the US and Israeli governments before turning on even a single terminal."
One could imagine a scenario in which the US was moved to allow this but Israel bombed Gaza's telecom infrastructure intentionally to hide their war crimes from the world. The odds of them approving this is next to zero. I don't think Musk is so naive as to not know that so hopefully his plan will evolve over the coming days to actually deliver on his pledge.
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