Kim Kardashian tweeted about Israeli-Palestinian conflict, faces political backlash

Kim Kardashian is in trouble! No, not with PETA and not with Kris Humphries and not with Kanye West. Kim brought the trouble on herself, although I do feel like her intentions were well-placed. Sort of. Still, she should have known that she was wading into a hornet’s nest of political controversy. Late last week, Hamas operatives began targeting civilian targets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and Israel pushed back by bombing targets (some associated with Hamas) in Gaza. Israel also threatened to “put boots on the ground” if Hamas continued to target their rockets at civilian targets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and many feel like a ground war – with Israel re-invading Gaza – is coming, and that if comes it will be an enormous clusterf—k which draws in US, Egypt and other international players. Basically, this situation is the kind of devastating geopolitical disaster which every dumb famewhore should have enough sense to avoid commenting on.

So what did Kim do? She started tweeting about it. Yes. First she tweeted “Praying for everyone in Israel” and then a few hours later (when her Twitter was exploding with messages) she tweeted “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!” Which, of course, did nothing to calm the situation. So Kim deleted those two tweets and posted this message on her Celebuzz page:

I want to own up to and explain that earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize. I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them. The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn’t choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires.

[From Kim’s Celebuzz post]

Yeah, I understand what she’s trying to say. She’s not taking some hyper-political position on Middle East politics or anything, she was just trying to take a general position on “killing people is bad, it makes me sad when people are caught up in these situations.” She doesn’t have a lot of nuance nor does she completely understand what the situation is – although who among us can really say that we comprehend everything about the Israeli-Palestinian situation? So, what’s the moral of the story? If you’re a famewhore reality star, just don’t tweet about politically sensitive subjects, I guess.

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  1. Amelia says:

    Meh. I don’t think she set out to make an inflammatory comment. She might be lacking in common sense but she’s no Madonna/Lady Gaga who would probably do that crap for attention.
    Just make sure you mention both sides of the conflict if you don’t want to be accused of being rabid supporter of either side, mkay, Kimmy?

  2. Mimi says:

    Clusterf-ck is right. Even if you were to post totally diplomatic & educated tweets you would get hammered by either side. Sad situation over there; I care less about KK but yeah prayers to ALL that are affected by political violence. :(

  3. Elisabeth says:

    i’d like her to point out both places on a map first

  4. girlnbayou says:

    she is damned if she does and damned if she doesnt.

    • Chris says:

      Uhhh not really…
      I don’t often see people being outraged that she isn’t involved in foreign politics…

      “Oh my gosh Kim doesn’t ever tweet about the European financial crisis! What a cow!”

      But also, I do not see why people care – she can have her own opinion… I hate that every American is so offended by everything these days and demand phoney apologies from celebrities, which they then tear apart anyway?

      • Melony says:

        No body demanded an apology_she did it because she has to keep her fans happy_no fans no money_her fans which by the way threatened to kill her. I don’t hate Kim but after the Kris Humphries situation I just don’t waste my time with this bunch they are just a joke “in my eyes”

  5. truetalk says:

    Well…this story is so last week and I think the heat has already died down for Kim.
    what I really want to know however is the name of the publicist who ghost-wrote Kim’s apology.

  6. Amy625 says:

    I don’t see what the uproar is about. I don’t see what’s wrong with praying for Isreal and Palestine. If anybody else did this nobody would care. But odds are Kim has no idea what’s going on.

    • Jaime says:

      + 1 I don’t see the big deal here at all. KK gives us plenty of crap to make fun of her for. This one just seems like people are hating on her just to be hating.

      I don’t even remotely like the girl, which makes the scenario all the more the more baffling.

      • Mimi says:

        Okay, sorry for nitpicking but this particular topic is a very heated & divisive debate for a lot of people in this world. Sure KK gets a lot of hate, but I would think that anybody with her level of celebrity opened up with a specific prayer for Israel, they are going to get a huge amount of backlash, and vice versa.
        Also, her being of Armenian heritage is of note here too.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I don’t see what her Armenian heritage has to do with it, she’s as American as they come. She only plays that Armenian thing up when she’s undergoing laser hair removal on that wretched show. Which should tell us everything we need to know about the “severity” of this tweeting situation.

        The problem is that people lose their sh*t over the dumbest things, like this. She’s Kim frickin’ Kardashian for the love of all that’s holy, why do people even pay attention when she tries to get political??? I understand that this topic is incredibly dangerous because whatever your opinion, you’ll get slammed and being half German, … I can’t even go there, people will rip me to shreds. But that’s not the point. She doesn’t know what the situation is, she’s just randomly praying for everyone and frankly, there are worse problems than KK praying for anyone. Or not praying for them, for that matter.

        I’m thinking she probably landed on CNN by mistake or heard her boyfriend mention it and decided to get all serious on Twitter.

        And now I’ve defended KK. The world will end any minute now.

      • Mimi says:

        Yeah I totally get you, I brought up the Armenian thing because a lot of the nasty tweets she got were from folks who were disgusted that someone with an Armenian background would be praying for Israel. But ITA with you on all sides and I’m half Geman too. ;)

      • Mimi says:

        I brought up the Armenian thing because a lot of the nasty tweets she got were from folks who were disgusted that someone with an Armenian background would be praying for Israel. But ITA with you on all sides and I’m half Geman too. ;)

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Really? Oh my god, people on Twitter are ridiculous. Now we’re banning idiot celebrities from praying because of their ethnicity? Shouldn’t we encourage it? Ugh.
        But yeah, the German thing excludes me from opening my mouth on this so you know what I mean. :-) I’m Greek on the other side, can you imagine the discussions I’m having on the debt crisis? “My people” on all sides suck so right now, the heritage thing is a touchy subject for me. ;-)

  7. Kiki says:

    It’s not about being a reality star who doesn’t have to give an opinion about political issues. Au contraire it’s necessary to have an opinion. You should discuss, exchange your ideas and learn from your mistakes – this is the real spirit of democracy. So Kim should twitter whatever she wants, somebody will bring her back to earth. In the end all opinions are important, no matter who you are or which side you choose.

    • oh dear says:

      i agree. people should actually discuss issues more often, i’ll always favour dialogue and diplomatic solutions over weapons and violence.

      • Melony says:

        I don’t think she tweeted to hear what everyone thought about the situation or. To further educate herself…she tweeted just because y’know she likes to to tweet and stuff and unfortunately her 16million fans which she loves so much pretty much told her to go bungee jumping without the chord

        Shame poor kimmy_why must it be so difficult I mean she’s just trying

      • Kiki says:

        I think no one wants to be teached. The problem is that everybody thinks he’s just right. And if you are clever enough, you can learn something from the other side. I don’t know about Kim. But it’s great for her that she’s so outspoken and this situation gives other people the opportunity to discuss.
        Ha look what Kim just did! We both discussed!

  8. jen d. says:

    I’m guessing the trouble came from her tweeting about praying for Israel first. I mean, she tweeted about Palestine soon afterwards, but people probably thought she was taking sides…. Either way, it’s silly.

  9. debbie says:

    hate to defend KK, it makes me feel dirty but she didn’t do anything wrong. In fact in my opinion both tweets were lovely, why can’t she pray for both the people of Israel and Palestine? Neither party is some innocent victim of the other, they both pull dirt and blame the other for it while their innocent citizens suffer for it. We should all be praying for both of them, it is terribly sad what is going on.

    Now that being said, everyone with an ounce of common sense and a knowledge of what is going on in the world knows that this is a hot topic that gets people enraged and its best to not speak of it on twitter.

    Next time Kimmy stick with the beauty pageant answer and pray for world peace.

  10. Guesto says:

    Meh. At least Kim K realised prayers were needed even if she didn’t appreciate the bigger political picture. I’m saving my disgust for Stacy Keibler who posted a pic of herself in a bikini in the Dead Sea with this comment:

    “Love that I got to take a dip in the Dead Sea before I left. It’s unfortunate what is going on there now :(

    ‘Unfortunate’? Sad face? Yeah, Stacy, helpless people being murdered, being bombarded with rocket-fire morning noon and night, their homes and lives being systematically destroyed IS quite unfortunate, isn’t it? But hey, good for you that you got your dip in the Dead Sea and the oportunity to post a pic of yourself in a bikini, eh, and didn’t allow that ‘unfortunate’ conflict to get in the way of your enjoyment.

    Her disgusting vapidity and ignorance leaves Kim K in the shade and off the hook.

  11. Bubbling says:

    oh please, I’m not Kimmy-hater, she actually amuses me to no end, but she knew damn well what she was doing. It’s like Jessica Simpson in tube dress with horizontal stripes!

  12. Mia 4S says:

    Someone needs to explain to this waste of space that she is not in the public eye due to her thoughtfulness, brains, or talent. She’s a porn star who got lucky.She can tweet what she likes but she needs to know her place. She doesn’t have the capacity to engage in these issues in a meaningful way.

    • MerryHappy says:

      I’m going to hate myself for this, but, she does have the right to voice her own opinion on the subject, however premature the opinion may be. Yes, she didn’t actually disclose much more than prayers to both sides of the conflict, and I do agree with a previous poster who said she probably landed on CNN on accident, but, even then, she is allowed to discuss her opinion. Just because she started out in a sextape doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be allowed thoughts. That is too much of a slippery slope argument–if she isn’t allowed to voice her opinion because of the ‘job’ she chose, then am I, a student who works at Office Depot, allowed to voice my opinion? I haven’t graduated from college yet, and I work minimum wage–does my platform deserve listening to? If we say that ‘so and so’ shouldn’t voice their opinion because of ‘such and such’ reason, then that can quickly be used to continue to quiet people who ‘shouldn’t’ be talking. I think she should talk. I think she should be engaged–we all should. We can’t create some sort of political science and current events caste system.
      I did what I never wanted to do. I defended a Kardashian. I am actually scowling right now, lol.

  13. hannah says:

    Great. Now I feel bad for Kim f-ing Kardashian.

  14. Carolyn says:

    I’m surprised a kartrashian would know where both countries are, let alone what’s happening there. Shame on her for famewhoring onto it. It makes her look even more stupid.

  15. Saphana says:

    it dont want to defend her but i think people should just stop to care what a reality star says about politics. it really doesnt matter what she says, no need to get offended by it.

    i for one dont think people should stop posting things just because someone might be offended, its their problem if they follow those people and make them important by being offended.

  16. BengalCat2000 says:

    I can’t believe I’m defending her either, but at least she was putting out positivity, despite the ignorance of her statements. Frankly I’m more concerned w/the fact that she keeps wearing those leather pants, which, imo do her no favours.

  17. judyjudy says:

    Ugh. From every possible angle.

  18. Cam S says:

    I’ve done this before. A few years ago when I was still Christian and my friend’s fiance was going to Iraq. I prayed for all the American soldiers, but not the Iraqi. Not on purpose, I just don’t remember praying for the other soldiers. Of course, I didn’t tweet it.
    I still pray. It’s good to put positive thoughts out into the universe and perhaps it helps Kim.

  19. Riana says:

    For once it doesn’t sound like Kim Kardashian did anything wrong.

    The people who angrily responded to her should have tapped the brakes and realized there was no deeper pseudo message other than some concern on her part.

    Every so often people just hop on someone’s comment and make it bigger than it ever should have been.

  20. Jennika says:

    I think that its not her actually tweeting about peace, its because EVERYONE can see through it. There is a 99.9999% she doesn’t care about this, she’s only using it to make her seem knowledgeable. If someone more likeable tweeted this, there probably wouldn’t be such a backlash. Her popularity is waning, and everyone is so sick of her

  21. Kate says:

    Kim K: “She doesn’t have a lot of nuance…” Great line. Made my morning.

  22. some bitch says:

    Kim doesn’t care about the well-being of any human being besides herself and likely doesn’t even know where Gaza is located. This is the same sociopath who cried over losing a diamond in the ocean and televised her sham wedding for millions.

  23. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    I agree MIA 4s, Jennika, and Annie2 no one cares; as Plato said Opinions without knowledge are all ugly; I’m sorry if we are taking guidance on issues, such as the complicated difficult Israeli/Palestinian conflict, from the likes of a Lardassian we are truly lost; And the all purpose cliche about everyone has the right to express their opinion is nugatory if you have no idea of what you’re talking about, and haven’t done any reading or research on the topic (There’s a mountain of literature on this subject). The extent of Kimbob’s “knowledge” is how to look at herself in the mirror.

  24. twoblues says:

    The real travesty here is that anyone would even care what Kimbo thought.

  25. truetalk says:

    Come on people,give her a break. It’s not like she’s popular for her intelligence.

  26. Tazina says:

    She is allowed to have an opinion just like anyone else. The fact that these people would even care what she tweeted about is ridiculous.

  27. Mew says:

    This is one thing where people really avoid taking sides.. it’s very all very hush hush around, people don’t want to say one thing or another in social media. She did that and realized why so many don’t.

    And all the while Syria’s President is happy that nobody is paying anymore any attention to sh!t going on there – people still die in Syria too.

    Is there any sense in this world?

    • busy ramone says:

      I’m pretty sure Syria’s president isn’t happy that NATO is funding Al Qaeda to overthrow his government.

      • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

        Nato isn’t funding Al queda to overthrow the assad dictatorship; there have been numerous reports in the NY Times, WSJ, etc. of how the Obama admin, France have been as careful as possible to support the more secular groups; of course there are jihadists, supported by Saudia Arabia,Qatar,etc., but there are also non-jihadists syrian groups, THis is the kind of canard the Assad dictatorship spreads to hang onto power – we are bad, the alternative is worse. BTW, it is Russia and China for economic reason that have blocked any UN resolutions/actions on Syria, Surely you must know this.
        You can be pro-Palestinian if you want, but to dismiss the suffering of the Syrian people out of a convoluted attempt to attack western, and only western, policy in Syria is dishonest, BTW, Assad has destroyed numerous mosques in Syria ( there are pics on youtube) as part of his scorched earth policy and I see no outrage from the usual quarters in the west or the Islamic world.

      • littlestar says:

        Where on earth did you come up with that? As IF NATO is going to fund an organization they have worked at the past decade to get rid of. It’s spreading foolish lies like that that really make things worse.

  28. KellyinSeattle says:

    Well, I don’t know what to say…I guess everyone is entitled to their opinions/tweets. I doubt she knows much at all about what’s going on, but I’ll concede for her that a lot of people don’t understand the whole history/present situation of the Middle East. (shucks, I’m defending Kim K. on this one, someone shoot me)

  29. mar says:

    I actually am going to defend her and say, she did not do ANYTHING to deserve backlash. That is the nicest thing I will say about her – ever

  30. littlestar says:

    I’m actually really surprised by reading people’s comments on here that everyone thinks Palestine is an actual country. It isn’t one and has never existed before either. (In case people bash me, I have a degree in political science and focused on international relations while in university :D ).

  31. busy ramone says:

    Well it’s clear whose side you guys are on, anyways. You might want to try reading & watching some news sources that aren’t based in North America as they are extremely biased in favour of Israel because our governments are FUNDING Israel and their military assaults on a next-to-defenseless population of people.

    Even the Prime Minister of Britain has come out publicly and said the way Palestinians are being forced to live is deplorable and called Gaza “an open air prison”.

  32. busy ramone says:

    Israel is bombing women and children with technology they bragged last year could discern the colour of a woman’s headscarf from their altitude, over 100 Palestinians have so far been killed in a matter of days, Israel is subjecting Palestine to rolling blackouts so they cannot even ensure a steady supply of electricity to their hospitals to deal with the near 1000 people wounded so far…Israel has violated numerous international treaties and the years-long blockade of the import of necessary goods as well as the export of goods, deliberately crippling the economy and any self-sustainability Palestine might have left…and you’re going to delete my post suggesting people look at other news sources than North American ones?

    I didn’t realize this was a Pro-Israel, Anti-Palestine site.

    • Lady D says:

      Your anger and pain comes through your post loud and clear. I really hope you can find some peace.

      • Leen says:

        how can you find peace when your friends and family are getting bombed?

        I can’t speak for busy ramone, but everything they said was right. In times like these, you need outrage at the human violations and International law violations, as long as it does not manifest into hatred or call for violence. Seriously, for the last 6 days, I have been worrying sick about family and friends in Gaza.

    • Mariyah says:

      I agree with you completely, busy ramone. The Palestinians have been pushed onto a tiny strip of land where their lives have been destroyed and crippled by a fascist, racist Israeli government.

    • Jennifer12 says:

      Um, wow. Are you serious? They’ve been attacking Israel with bombs and missles and rockets for quite some time. They target anyone who is Jewish and loudly proclaim they want to decimate Israel and kill Jewish pigs, as they call them. They have yearly anniversaries to celebrate those they killed. What’s crazy is people seeing them as victims and gentle souls when they themselves celebrate their own violence. Did you see the photo Anderson Cooper tweeted of them stripping and killing an old man they accused of spying for Israel? They dragged his body through the streets, shooting guns in the air, screaming with joy and being blatantly proud of their actions.

      • Leen says:

        A blockade and being under siege is a casus belli, under international law.
        Killing people, even if they are military people, while they are not in combat is illegal under international law and is a war crime.

        The root cause of the problem here is occupation, siege and blockade. Gaza has already been reported by the United Nations as unliveable by 2020. Even if Hamas disappeared from the face of the earth, it does not eliminate the fact that Palestinians are under occupation, under siege, under blockade and have different rights than Israelis.

        Again just to reiterate, Hamas came into existence in 1987, and the first targeting of civilians was in 1993 after the Kach’s massacre of Palestinians in Hebron. (This can all be backed up if you have a look at US congress records), 25 years after the occupation of West bank, Gaza Strip and East jerusalem, 45 years after the expulsion of the Palestinian population (Hamas was started by a group of refugees who were expelled from Israel). Palestinian organized armed resistance came into existence around 1969 in the form of the PLO and Fatah who are now dubbed by the Israeli and US governments as partners for peace, 2 years after the occupation of West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, 21 years after the expulsion of 70% of the Palestinian population from Israel (again this can be backed up from googling something called Plan Dalet, which was a document published by Zionist organizations such as Hanagah and Irgun, who were ironically dubbed as terrorist organization and Menachim Begin as the first MIddle Eastern terrorist, detailing a systematic ethnic cleansing of what is now called Israel).

        Now I do not condone violence, not do I justify the actions of Hamas. But facts are facts, and this is something that Israel needs to address if it ever hopes of achieving a long-lasting peace with Palestinians.

        Quite honestly, I am all for the ICC opening a war crimes investigation on everyone involved in this, this includes Netanyahu, Sharon, Hamas leaders, Peres, Ehud Barak, Abbas, Tzipi Livni, etc. Why? Because I believe in justice.

  33. CT says:

    I don’t understand why people have to get all outraged and butthurt over benign stuff like this? It’s so stupid and the feigned outrage DOES NOT make you a better person. If you feel so strongly about something that you go nuts just because someone tweeted about it, go out ad do something to change it. At least try to give your viewpoint to that person without losing your sh*t. All this faux outrage over harmless celebrities is so ridiculous and contrary to what you may think, it doesn’t make you a better person. This Country has become so hyper-partisan that you can’t even say “I hope innocent people aren’t getting killed” without someone jumping down your throat. SO STUPID!

  34. dcypher1 says:

    Shes so dumb she should just stick to tweeting pic of herself of plugs general dumb kimtype topics like her clothing line.

  35. Katija says:

    Not gonna get involved, because as someone who’s lived there and has Arabic, Jewish, and Christian friends still in the region, you get more than a smidge sick of hearing Americans who’ve never left the country or KNOWN a Middle Easterner telling you how you “should” feel. But I digress…

    Saying “Praying for the people of _______” is NEVER wrong. I don’t care if you’re praying for German civilians during WW2. In any war, civilians on either side suffer. Yeah, you can gather my allegiance to Israel, but I send prayers to innocent civilians in Gaza or WB who just want to live their lives and were born into a situation they have no control over.

    Non-Jewish or Muslim Americans, I *implore* you… to quote that old Biography show that MTV used to run, you think you know, but you have no idea. Don’t make so many assumptions about either side of the conflict. You have *no* idea how many apolitical people there are on both sides who just want to live their goddamn lives. Stop casting an entire people, be they Israeli or Palestinian, into a villain role that you have constructed based on what the internet told you.

    • busy ramone says:

      I realize there are Israelis who do not agree with the actions their government is taking. I also know that there are IDF soldiers who refuse to go on offensive missions against Palestinians. However, their opinions are not reported in our media here in the west for a reason.

      Regardless of your allegiance to Israel, it is impossible to deny that their present assault on Gaza is a cruel and merciless indiscriminate massacre.

  36. MsMileHigh says:

    That pic of her barefoot at the airport security line? THAT is why I never go barefoot in public places. I am sure she is spreading athletes’ foot and all sorts of warts and the like all over the floor.

    Plus, she seems like she would have stinky, sweaty feet.

  37. crystalcastle says:

    just another example of passive sympathy from an ignorant person. but in her defense, if she’s getting her ideas from the news, it is VERY biased and she wouldn’t know any better.

  38. Zvonk says:

    This woman has never got down on her knees to pray. Unless “pray” is a euphemism.

  39. aenflex says:

    We can thank religion for this clusterf*uck. Another war and more bloodshed in the name of Holy.

  40. OMGthatass says:

    Total Elephant-Ass in those grey pants. She should soak those pants in gasoline and burn them immediately.

  41. Grace says:

    Kim is an ass-kisser. She probably has no idea where either country is if she needed to find them on a map. Someone probably paid her to test the social waters about Israel being on a child-killing spree.
    She has no personality of her own which is why Kanye dresses her in those awful clothes, her sisters have better lives than her, her mother outright owns her, and no one respects her.

  42. Moore says:

    I dont see anything wrong with what she said.

  43. Nymeria says:

    She’s exceedingly stupid; who’s surprised?

    In that last photo, she looks like a Teletubby with a loaded diaper.

  44. Green is Good says:

    This dumb tw@t is AWARE of things that don’t involve her ass, humping Kanye and tweeting pictures of herself every two damn seconds? I may faint.

  45. tim says:

    She’s a nasty skank who doesn’t care about anybody but herself. Did you notice she is on her tip toes because her ass looks disgusting when she’s in her bare feet. What a poser.

  46. Denise says:

    It’s clear by the last photo that her brains are in her ass. This explains EVERYTHING.

  47. mrMackie says:

    Killing people is… is… bad. M’ok?!

  48. Leen says:

    The whole Armenian thing is because there is a sizable Armenian community within the Palestinian community, and they are targets of Israeli occupation just as the Palestinians. They’ve been living there for over thousands of years (the Armenians). That’s why it was a big deal for her as supposedly an American who was proud of her Armenian heritage.

  49. Joanna says:

    wow, people really know how to overreact. geez. another example of why i don’t fb, twitter, etc.

  50. la chica says:

    Her problem was mentioning Israel first. Her thoughts for the Palestines seemed like an afterthought as a result. If she had mentioned both sides in the same tweet, she would not have been slammed. As a woman who has spoken about the Armenian massacre, it would seem hypocritical to her fans that she expressed sympathy for Israel first. Truth is that she was actually just trying to cater to her American fan base. She just didn’t count on the harsh backlash. But I do agree that she made a big mistake on this one. This conflict is too contentious to risk seeming to take sides.

  51. danni says:

    i will tell somthing to all of my moslem/palastinian friends:
    the jewish brain will allways win… and that is the reason that we are winning!!!
    we are not busy in terror…we are busy of protecting the civilians!!!

  52. Jennifer12 says:

    Don’t care for her, but I don’t see what she did wrong. She wasn’t doing anything but offering sympathy and prayers. And since Hamas has been aiming rockets and missles at Israeli civilians until they threw their hands up and started fighting back, it’s pretty damned cut and dry.

  53. Tuxedo Cat says:

    This reminds me of the saying: Better to be thought a fool than speak, and remove all doubt…..