Kardashian rues Gaza tweets, Murdoch hits Twitter to slam anti-Israel coverage


(JTA) — Reality star Kim Kardashian apologized for tweeting about the Gaza conflict, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a tweet slammed the "Jewish-owned media" for its "anti-Israel coverage."

Also, Twitter suspended three accounts held by an Orthodox Jewish man from New York who tweeted an anti-Obama cartoon.

Kardashian tweeted Friday that she was “Praying for everyone in Israel," and then that she was “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!" On the same day she deleted both 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.”

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, The Daily Caller reported, after he tweeted a cartoon that graphically showed an arm with Obama written on it plunging a bloody knife into a man’s back depicting the 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 — @RealGazaPeace, @RealGazaPeace1 and @GazaRealStory — and would not tell the Daily Caller whether the cartoon was the reason for the suspension.

At least 12 other Twitter accounts tweeted the cartoon but were not suspended, according to The Daily Caller.

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. 

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