Amy Schumer met with vitriol over Instagram post about war between Israel and Hamas


Actress and comedian Amy Schumer is being criticized by fans on social media following an Instagram post made earlier this month, which took aim at Hamas supporters and those calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian-occupied Gaza region.

In her post the 42-year-old Rockville Centre native and South Side High School alum, accuses people who are speaking out against Israel’s response to the October 7 terrorist attacks as antisemitic.

She also criticizes how mainstream media outlets were quick to speak about “Israel’s tragic bombing of the hospital in Gaza,” without retraction when they learned it was actually caused by Islamic jihadists.

Schumer shared the post via comedian Brett Gelman, which states, “If you scream ‘genocide’ but were silent about the massacre of October 7th, you might hate Jews. If you call for a ceasefire but not the release of hostages, you might hate Jews. If you oppose Israel’s right to defend itself but say nothing of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Syria’s continuous rocket launches toward the civilian population of Israel, you might hate Jews. If you spoke out against Israel’s tragic bombing of the hospital in Gaza, but made no contraction once you learned that it was actually done by Islamic Jihad, you might hate Jews.”

“If you use inflammatory language regarding Israel no matter how flawed their government, but use measured and apologetic terminology around Hamas, a terrorist organization whose charter clearly states their intent to kill Jews, you might hate Jews,” the post continues. “If you chant ‘decolonize,’ but fail to condemn the chanting of ‘gas the Jews’ at rallies in city streets and universities worldwide, you might hate Jews. If you’re pained by the tragic loss of Palestinian life, as we all are, but take no responsibility for being complicit in the spreading of rhetoric that equals pre Holocaust propaganda, you might hate Jews. We the Jewish people, should have been given the space to mourn, but instead have had to use all our energy to defend not only our right to grieve, but to exist. And if you disagree with this statement, you might hate Jews.”

Despite having a salient point about the incorrect claims and the media’s coverage of the explosion at the northern Gaza hospital, she has continued to be the subject of much vitriol and negativity on social media following her post.

Evan Nierman, the chief executive of a global relations firm and author of “The Cancel Culture Curse,” told Newsweek in a recent interview that the fact she is being attacked is “outrageous.”

“Since when has delivering factual information and encouraging people to be careful to verify before buying into falsehood become an offense?” he said. “The world has turned upside down.”

Schumer had already drawn criticism from some fans immediately following the attacks on October 7, over a post she shared by activist Mandana Dayani.

“Never in my years as an activist, have I seen other activists, upon seeing footage of little girls being killed and dragged through streets, immediately find the burning need to go on the internet and justify their deaths,” Dayani states in the post. “’Oh, here all the reasons that girl was burned alive!’ For complete clarity, the only reason you do this, is because you have been made to believe that the killing of Jews can even be justified. Because every civilization has taught that the life of a Jew is less valuable than your own. It’s the Hitler playbook. Your antisemitism is not unconscious. It is so deeply rooted in your bones and you are so comfortable with it, you are not even able to consider its impact on your friends.”

Nierman said that while Schumer is by no means an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, he calls the actress/comedian’s stance a demonstration of moral courage.

“If people want to be offended by her post, that’s their problem and not hers,” he said. “She’s been canceled for insisting that people pay attention to the truth. That’s the world we’re living in.”