November 18, 2012
Kardashian, Murdoch slammed for tweets involving Israel
Reality star Kim Kardashian apologized for tweeting about the Gaza conflict, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch slammed the "Jewish-owned media" for its "anti-Israel coverage" in a tweet.
At the same time, Twitter suspended three accounts held by an Orthodox Jew from New York after he tweeted an offensive anti-Obama cartoon from one of them.
Kardashian apologized after two tweets in which she first told her followers she was “Praying for everyone in Israel," and then tweeted that she was “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!"
Kardashian later deleted both tweets and issued an apology: "(A)fter 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,” the statement, published on her blog, said in part.
The statement continued: “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,”
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday blasted what he called the "Jewish-owned press" for their "anti-Israel" coverage.
"Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?" tweeted Murdoch, who has positioned himself as a supporter of Israel.
In a second tweet he added: "Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment."
Meanwhile, Twitter late last week suspended three accounts held by Benjamin Reisman, 25, of New York City, The Daily Caller reported.
The suspensions came after Reisman tweeted a cartoon which graphically showed an arm reading Obama plunging a bloody knife into a man's back, which depicted an Israeli flag. “Don’t worry Israel, Obama has your back,” Reisman tweeted last week, linking to the image.
Twitter did not warn Reisman that it was suspending his accounts, and would not tell the Daily Caller whether the cartoon was the reason for the suspension.
The suspended accounts were called @RealGazaPeace, @RealGazaPeace1 and @GazaRealStory.
The Daily Caller reported that at least 12 other Twitter accounts tweeted the cartoon, but were not suspended.
Reisman also pointed out that tweets reading "Death to Jews" and other equally offensive tweets have not led to the suspension of those Twitter accounts. He said three of his four grandparents were interned in Nazi concentration camps.