MLK's Daughter Bernice King Fact Checks Amy Schumer’s Post Concerning Gaza Conflict

King confirmed her father’s thoughts on militarism to the comedian.

Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., posted on social media that her father would have supported a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

King’s message on Tuesday (Oct. 31) was in response to comedian Amy Schumer, who has faced backlash over her posts on the conflict. Schumer posted videos of the civil rights icon defending Israel’s right to exist and denouncing anti-Semitism.

“Certainly, my father was against antisemitism, as am I. He also believed militarism (along with racism and poverty) to be among the interconnected Triple Evils. I am certain he would call for Israel’s bombing of Palestinians to cease, for hostages to be released, and for us to work for true peace, which includes justice,” King stated in a series of posts.

She encouraged Schumer to read MLK’s 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, and to view a video of him talking about withdrawing from the Vietnam War and moral power.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer, who is Jewish, has used social media to repost content about the conflict and share her thoughts, which have received some negative responses.

Schumer’s most troublesome posts equate Hamas, the militant wing of a Palestinian political party that has vowed to eradicate Israel, with all Palestinians living in Gaza and, more subtly, with all Arabs.

The Israel–Palestine crisis continues.

Israel-Hamas War: An Explainer About This Battle, the Key Players and What’s Really At Stake

On Oct. 7, Hamas launched a surprise assault, firing thousands of rockets into Israel. Hamas troops then crossed the border, infiltrated 22 Israeli towns and army bases, and abducted civilians (including some Americans) and soldiers. Hamas killed at least 1,400 Israelis, including women and children, and took about 150 hostages.

Israel responded with a bombing campaign that Gaza officials said killed more than 5,000 Palestinian civilians by Oct. 23, including children, the United Nations reported. Israeli airstrikes continue amid a growing humanitarian crisis.

“I’m sad to have lost so many friends these last few weeks but feel powerful and free knowing I stand for the truth and will fight for it always,” Schumer responded on Instagram to the backlash. “I’m a proud Jewish woman and have every right to be. Head high. Spirits high. Love to my fellow brothers and sisters.”

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