White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Monday afternoon that reports of Palestinians being killed at the Gaza border are a “propaganda attempt” and that Hamas is responsible for the bloodshed.
“Look…this is a gruesome & unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence, and we find it very unfortunate,” Shah said at a press briefing. “Again, we believe Hamas is responsible.” Fifty-two people have reportedly died and 1,200 have been injured after Israelis fired on protesters attempting to rush the border Monday.
Q: Given that it’s only Palestinians being killed, shouldn’t Israel shoulder some of the blame?
Raj Shah: "Look…this is a gruesome & unfortunate propaganda attempt. The Israeli govt has spent weeks trying to handle this w/o violence… Again, we believe Hamas is responsible." pic.twitter.com/0LcOKcE7qn
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast