Kim Kardashian has broken her silence on Hamas’ attacks on Israel which has left at least 2,300 Israelis and Palestinians dead.
The reality star, 42, sent ‘love and support to her Jewish friends and family’ in an Instagram post on Wednesday in which she said she is ‘particularly sensitive’ to the atrocities due to her campaigning to stop another Armenian genocide.
1,200 Israelis were killed in Saturday’s carnage, which begun when Hamas militants crossed from Gaza into Israel and murdered people at a music festival and in their homes near the border.
Kardashian’s message read: ‘A message to my Jewish friends and family. I love you. I support you. I have heard about how scared you feel during this time and I want you to know you are not alone in this.
‘My heart is broken seeing the videos of these babies and families being terrorized and murdered in front of the whole world!
Speaking out: Kim Kardashian has broken her silence on Hamas’ attacks on Israel
The reality star, 42, sent ‘love and support to her Jewish friends and family’ in an Instagram post on Wednesday in which she said she is ‘particularly sensitive’ to the atrocities due to her campaigning to stop another Armenian genocide
‘As human beings with a heart, how can anyone not be devastated by these horrific images that we will never be able to unsee?
‘Brutal terrorism has taken innocent lives and now both Israeli and Palestinian civilians are suffering and paying the greatest price there is.
‘As an Armenian, I am particularly sensitive to these issues because I have been talking about the Armenian genocide for years, and now after months of blockade with minimal media coverage and no external support, Armenians are the victims of an ethnic cleansing themselves in Artsakh.
‘They are in this moment also suffering from an extreme humanitarian crisis and there are still prisoners of war being held captive or missing.
‘No matter whose side you are on, or how you have been triggered by the horrors of these past few days, our hearts should always have room for compassion towards innocent victims caught in the crosshairs of warring over power, politics, religion, race and ethnicity.
‘Although I know there is nothing I can do to personally get rid of the pain of those who are suffering, my family and I are praying for the safe return of hostages, for those that have died and their affected families, for peace for all the innocent and for the perpetrators of this indefensible violence to be brought to justice.
‘My call to action today, something that we can all do, is simply to reach out to your friends, colleagues and those in your community, those who are hurting, no matter what side they are on, check in on them and tell them you love them.
The star also urged fans to have leniency towards people who had not spoken out publicly about the attacks, writing: ‘I also ask that, during difficult times like these, not to judge who is or isn’t speaking out, because everyone should be allowed to deal with times of crisis in the way that they feel most comfortable whether it is privately or publicly.
Last month Kardashian urged president Joe Biden to prevent another Armenian genocide by economically sanctioning its enemy nation Azerbaijan and boycotting international events there
In 2020, Kardashian announced a $1million donation to the Armenia Fund. She is pictured with her daughter North in Armenia in 2019
‘Prayers and peace always.’
Last month Kardashian urged president Joe Biden to prevent another Armenian genocide by economically sanctioning its enemy nation Azerbaijan and boycotting international events there.
In a joint essay with Dr. Eric Esrailian, the reality star, who is of Armenian descent, claimed that since December, Azerbaijan has blocked the Lachin Corridor – which she called ‘the only lifeline between the indigenous Christian Armenians of Artsakh’ and the rest of the world.
Azerbaijan leaders say there are established routes for food and aid to reach Christian Armenians in Artsakh, but Kardashian said those claims are ‘disingenuous at best.’ The countries have been involved in a decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994.
‘WE ARE ARMENIAN. We are the descendants of Armenian genocide survivors, and we do not want to be talking about the recognition or commemoration of yet another genocide in the future,’ the mom-of-four wrote for Rolling Stone magazine.
Kardashian claimed that because many countries are relying more on Azerbaijan for oil and gas since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the nation has become emboldened in its attempts to advance on Armenia.
She accused governments and organizations around the world of looking away as signs point to a forthcoming genocide in Armenia.
She noted that several organizations such as United Nations’ own independent Special Rapporteur have concluded that Azerbaijan is systemically starving Armenians and denying them medical care in the contested region and violating their human rights.
On Wednesday the US President said he had seen photos from Israel this weekend of ‘terrorists beheading children’ – confirming Israeli soldiers’ stories of almost unimaginable horror
The billionaire added that American taxpayers ‘are now facilitating and enabling this behavior by providing foreign aid to an oil-rich nation.’
In 2020, Kardashian announced a $1million donation to the Armenia Fund after conflict was reignited that July between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed the disputed region.
Kardashian’s father’s family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey. Kim visited the land with her kids and sister Kourtney.
However, the region is primarily populated by and governed by ethnic Armenians, who prefer the name Artsakh.
In 2021, Biden officially recognized that the the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces amounted to ‘genocide’.
An estimated two million Armenians were deported and 1.5 million were killed in the events known as Metz Yeghern in 1915-16.
President Biden called the Hamas attack on Israel on Saturday ‘the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust’.
On Wednesday the US President said he had seen photos from Israel this weekend of ‘terrorists beheading children’ – confirming Israeli soldiers’ stories of almost unimaginable horror.
Biden held a meeting with Jewish community leaders in the White House on Wednesday, and said he had been shocked by the brutality of the Hamas attack.
‘This attack was a campaign of pure cruelty, not just hate, but pure cruelty, against the Jewish people,’ Biden said.
He added: ‘I never really thought that I would see and have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children.’
The lethal war has already claimed more than 2,300 lives on both sides, with thousands more left wounded.
The Israeli military has said more than 1,200 people, including 189 soldiers, have died since the surprise attack on Saturday while Gaza’s health ministry says 1,100 have been killed and more than 5,300 injured.
Earlier today in an unprecedented move, Netanyahu joined forces with key members of the opposition party, including Benny Gantz who said ‘it’s time for war’.
His comments end speculation about the truth of the claim of beheaded children, which was originally made by an IDF soldier, David Ben Zion a Deputy Commander of Unit 71 of the Israeli army.
Ben Zion told i24 News: ‘We walked door to door, we killed a lot of terrorists. They are very bad. They cut heads of children, they cut heads of women. But we are stronger than them.’
The IDF later said they could not confirm his account.
But Biden’s statement ended the debate.
Hamas terrorists are seen on Saturday morning entering the kibbutz
Nicole Zedeck, the i24 News reporter who spoke to Ben Zion, on Tuesday addressed skepticism over her reporting.
‘I witnessed some of those scenes with my own eyes as we were walking through this community that may be a quarter of a mile from the Gaza border, the atrocities that were still left behind, children, cribs, baby cribs overturned on their side, splattered with blood. Horrible, horrible images,’ she told The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.
She said the soldiers she spoke to told her of the horrors.
‘There’s no words to describe what they’ve seen,’ said Zedeck.
‘I mean, babies’ heads cut off. That’s what they encountered when they came there.
‘So as horrible as it is and I wish that it wasn’t true. And I see how those images and those words are hard to comprehend because it’s hard to comprehend how anyone could commit such heinous, heinous crimes.
‘But that’s exactly what happened in just one of the kibbutz communities.’
The death toll now stands at 1,200 in Israel, including 14 Americans, and another 1,100 in Gaza.
Hamas is believed to have taken 150 hostages, including Americans, and is threatening to execute them if Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said Wednesday that Hamas militants beheaded soldiers and raped women in their attack on Israel.
Netanyahu, in a late night televised address, detailed some of the atrocities that took place during the attack.
He said boys and girls were shot in the head and that people had been burned alive.
Netanyahu compared Hamas to ISIS, and vowed that Israel’s retaliation against the terrorist group ‘will reverberate with them for generations.’
Benjamin Netanyahu. the Israeli prime minister, has said that Israel will ‘crush and destroy’ Hamas and that every member of the terrorist organisation is a ‘dead man’
Israel has continued to pound the Gaza Strip, with residents of the enclave facing ever-growing uncertainty after the territory’s only power plant was shut down. Pictured: Smoke rises from buildings in Gaza following an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday
Biden, after the call, said that Hamas’ attack was reminiscent of the Holocaust.
‘This attack has brought to the surface the painful memories and scars left by a millennium antisemitism and genocide against the Jewish people,’ he said.
‘And this moment we have to be crystal clear: There is no justification for terrorism, no excuse and the type of terrorism that was exhibited here is just beyond the pale. Beyond the pale.’