On Saturday, Kylie Jenner shared an Instagram post in support of Israel as the nation faces an unprecedented terrorist attack by Hamas. The post, featuring the image of the Israeli flag and the words, “Now and always, we stand with the people of Israel!”, was captioned, “SHARE if you stand with the people of Israel as they face one of the most frightening situations in many years.”
However, Jenner later deleted the post after receiving backlash from her followers. Many expressed their frustration and disappointment with her decision to highlight pro-Israel content, with one user commenting, “You’re gonna lose a lot of followers after that story post. Clueless.”
Another user replied, “U support israhelll?? Eweeee but urmm are we suprised??” while someone else called her a “zionist.”
The terrorist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, firing thousands of rockets and infiltrating its territory by land, air, and sea. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared that the nation is “at war” and that the terrorists “will pay a price it has never known before.” So far, over 700 people have been killed and more than 2,200 wounded in the attacks in Israel. Hamas claims to have captured Israeli Defense Force soldiers and civilians during their assault on Israeli border towns outside Gaza. In response, Israel launched “Operation Sword of Iron” and has reported 198 Palestinian deaths and 1,864 injuries.
Following these events, Jewish institutions around the world have increased their security measures. Over 250 civilians have been killed, and 1,500 people have been wounded in the attacks. The Israeli Defense Forces have also stepped up their efforts to protect their citizens from the ongoing threat.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 8, 2023
As news of Jenner’s post began to spread, social media users expressed their opinions on her decision to delete it. Some called her a “coward” for backing down in the face of criticism, while others praised her for standing up against the “mob mentality.”
Many also pointed out the influence of Hollywood and the Democratic National Committee on Jenner’s choice to delete the post, suggesting that she was pressured to change her stance on the issue. However, some urged her not to give in to the pressure and to stand by her decision to support Israel.
In times of conflict and crisis, tensions run high, and opinions can be divisive. Whether or not Jenner’s post was made with full knowledge and understanding of the situation in Israel, it sparked an important conversation about the ongoing conflict and the role of individuals, especially those in the public eye, in voicing their opinions. While some may disagree with Jenner’s stance, it is essential to respect the rights and perspectives of all individuals and to promote meaningful and respectful dialogue rather than resorting to attacks and insults.