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Candace Owens’ opposition to genocide praised by Palestinian supporters

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Conservative political commentator Candace Owens received support from pro-Palestinian social media users on Friday for her opposition to genocide amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

On October 7, Hamas carried out the deadliest Palestinian militant attack in history against Israel. Israel then launched its heaviest airstrikes in its history on Gaza. According to Israeli officials, 1,400 people were killed in Israel in the Hamas attack, the Associated Press reported, while 9,488 Palestinians have been killed since Saturday, according to Gaza Health Ministry officials, a reported the AP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was “at war” and had cut off supplies of food, fuel, electricity and medicine to Gaza.

Owens wrote Friday on X, formerly Twitter: “No government anywhere has the right to commit genocide. There is no justification for genocide. a bit of a controversial thing to say.”

News week contacted Owens by email for comment.

Candace Owens is seen on the set of “Candace” on May 3, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The conservative political commentator received support from pro-Palestinian social media users on Friday for her opposition to genocide amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
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Although Owens later said she was not referring to any specific government, her comment comes as pro-Palestinian activists and progressive politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives accuse Israel of carrying out genocide in Gaza .

The United Nations (UN) describes genocide as “a crime committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, in whole or in part.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s supporters deny allegations that the country is committing genocide against Palestinians.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish nonprofit organization that fights anti-Semitism, said in response to the claims: “Genocide is a legal term, and under no circumstances are Israeli policies and actions meet this legal threshold. The ADL added that the use of the term genocide in this context “is not only inaccurate and misleading, but also serves to demonize the State of Israel and diminish recognized acts of genocide.”

News week contacted the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for comment.

Meanwhile, Owens is known for her controversial opinions on issues like the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19, but Friday’s post, which she wrote shouldn’t be controversial, turned heads.

“Sorry for all the hate you will receive for this @RealCandaceO,” wrote X user Omar Freij. “Thank you for standing up for basic human principles.”

User Samah Fadil wrote: “Candace Owens is now to the left of Biden and Bernie Sanders, what the fuck is this timeline.”

“You know they’ve lost the plot when I find myself agreeing with Candace Owens,” said Karen Attiah, a columnist for The Washington Post who has criticized Israel and expressed support for the Palestinians, wrote on X, sharing the conservative commentators’ message of “genocide.”

President Joe Biden has maintained his stance in favor of a two-state solution, which would recognize Palestine and Israel as two separate states, in an effort to promote peace in the region.

However, Biden, along with progressive senators like Bernie Sanders of Vermont, stopped short of calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, became the first senator to do so on Thursday, specifying that Hamas would release more than 200 hostages captured during its surprise attack on Israel last month.

An X user who goes by Sydney commented: “The fact that Elon Musk and Candace Owens share this opinion while Joe Biden doesn’t really shock me.”

Musk announced Oct. 28 that his company SpaceX would help humanitarian groups in Gaza communicate with Starlink internet terminals after Israeli airstrikes knocked out nearly all internet and cellular communications in the region.

“This world is in ruins, why is Candace Owens finally making sense,” commented X user Kira, while Q user Anthony Ali wrote: “Candace Owens screaming straight to Zionists was NOT on my 2023 bingo card.”

Owens, however, received backlash from some of his fellow conservatives.

Darrell Scott, pastor and former advisor to former President Donald Trump, wrote on X: “Candace Owens suggested that Israel’s retaliation against Hamas is genocide. I tried to tell the “right” that they were full (poop emoji), but they didn’t. I don’t want to listen. She is now biting the hand(s) that have been feeding her for years.

Owens also had a falling out with conservative political commentator Dave Rubin.

“Well, as I’m sure you know Candace, the Palestinian population has increased fivefold in just a few decades,” Rubin wrote on X, alongside a graph of Palestinian population growth. “But thank you for taking a strong stance against Hamas’s declared genocide of the Jews, which is contained in its charter.”

Owens responded: “The surprising thing is that I didn’t name any countries in this tweet. I simply stated that genocide is wrong – ALWAYS. This is not a controversial position. Interesting how you interpreted it.”

In a follow-up message to Rubin, she wrote: “In short, if the blanket statement that genocide is bad bothers you in any way, then you need to check yourself. I said exactly what I meant and I will not support or apologize or further clarify this statement.

News week contacted Rubin and Scott by email for comment.