Fifty-five people died today and more than 2,400 others were injured as a result of the clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces along the border in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Today marks the deadliest day since these protests began at the end of March, and pushes the total death toll past 100.
The escalation of violence in Gaza coincided with the opening of new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. That ceremony was attended by an American delegation that included Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, who gave a speech at the event. At Monday afternoon’s press briefing at the White House, deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters that the “responsibility for these tragic deaths rest squarely with Hamas.” Shah also noted, “As the Secretary of State said, Israel has the right to defend itself.”
First question at today’s White House press briefing is about the violence along the Gaza border https://t.co/00NCphiISU
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) May 14, 2018
Deaths in Gaza result of utter disregard of Messers Trump & Netanyahu for Palestinian rights & homeland. By moving Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump played politics, destroyed US peacemaker role. New generation of Israelis/Palestinians need to isolate extremists to find path to peace.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) May 14, 2018