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The Trump Administration’s Despicable Response to the Gaza Massacre

The Trump administration’s response [1] to today’s massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces was as appalling as we would expect it to be:

The Trump administration blamed Hamas for the deaths of dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers on Monday during mass protests along the boundary fence, the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

We know that the Trump administration consistently indulges U.S. clients and encourages them in their worst behavior, but the refusal to hold Israel accountable for obvious, egregious crimes like this one is nonetheless breathtaking and despicable. Hamas bears responsibility for its own crimes and misrule, but it is ludicrous to hold them responsible when Israeli forces shoot live ammunition into a crowd of unarmed people. The administration’s attempt to shift the blame from the government that killed nearly five dozen unarmed protesters and wounded hundreds more to anyone else is similar to their responses to Saudi coalition crimes in Yemen: ignore them for as long as possible, absurdly claim that the client state is acting in “self-defense,” and when all else fails find some other group or government to blame for things that the client has done.

Refusing to hold Israel responsible for its crimes guarantees that there will be more of them in the weeks and months to come. As long as the administration doesn’t object to this excessive and illegal treatment of Palestinians, the Israeli government will assume that it has Trump’s full support and will keep doing more of the same. The Trump administration is giving Israel a green light to shoot Palestinian protesters, and its determination to ensure that there is “no daylight” between our two governments means that there is practically nothing that the Israeli government can do that this administration won’t tolerate.

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#1 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On May 14, 2018 @ 7:40 pm

Has any Solon besides Bernie been heard on this?

#2 Comment By Dee On May 14, 2018 @ 8:27 pm

Well, I am astonished. Not many or any will put this on their byline.. It is however how we all feel, left or right I think.. We stand by you.

#3 Comment By b. On May 14, 2018 @ 9:13 pm

Next: Hamas will be denounced as an “Iranian proxy”

#4 Comment By Youknowho On May 14, 2018 @ 9:17 pm

Mr. Larison

Someone had to say it, but you are the one with the guts to do it.

The US is hardly innocent. It has left trails of blood all over the world. But that does not give us the right to be jaded by the latest atrocity. And one that might have easily been avoided…

We need your voice, and your indignation. We need to remind America the price it pays in blood for its dreams of exceptionalism and manifest destiny.

#5 Comment By Mark. D. On May 14, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

Re: Last paragraph.

Even if this administration objected, I don’t think it would have any impact on Israel’s actions. They know, as all world leaders know at this point, that even if Trump got angry with him, a little flattery turns that right around.

#6 Comment By General Manager On May 14, 2018 @ 11:46 pm

I disagree with Mark D. If the US told Israel that they must fight all future self-started wars themselves, without the US, they would mitigate their behavior. How can the world stand by and watch the Gaza slaughter?

#7 Comment By mrscracker On May 15, 2018 @ 9:47 am

I guess an additional question would be when do the poor Palestinian people hold Hamas accountable?

#8 Comment By Kurt Gayle On May 15, 2018 @ 9:58 am

You can read the White House’s words, but when you hear spokesman Shah read the 15-second prepared statement, it’s especially sickening:

#9 Comment By Going My Way On May 15, 2018 @ 10:47 am

Mrscracker – It is not Hamas killing these Palestinian civilians. It is the IDF and their sophisticated weaponry (largely paid for by US taxpayers). A favorite neocon tactic has been to shift the blame and denigrate the victims (“poor Palestinian people”). These arguments are wearing thin in the light of the reality of religious subjugation.

#10 Comment By Kurt Gayle On May 15, 2018 @ 11:13 am

I’m surprised at you, mrscracker.

#11 Comment By mrscracker On May 15, 2018 @ 11:18 am

Going My Way,
We have a number of Palestinians in our area who were forced to leave their homeland. “Poor” is the condition that they lived in before coming to the States. They are intelligent, hardworking, & resourceful.

Hamas doesn’t kill Palestinians with missiles but through corruption, propaganda, & using victims’ body counts for their own agenda.

#12 Comment By mrscracker On May 15, 2018 @ 12:19 pm

Kurt Gayle says:

“Iā€™m surprised at you, mrscracker.”
I’m surprised at myself sometimes.

I very much support Israel but certainly don’t condone everything they do either.

#13 Comment By T. Sledge On May 15, 2018 @ 10:07 pm

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. – Thomas Jefferson