White House blames Hamas for Gaza protester deaths: 'Israel has the right to defend itself'

Original article by Robert Spencer on JihadWatch.org.

What Raj Shah said is true, but it is startling to see it come from the White House after so many years when Israel was always the one to blame there.

“White House on protester deaths: ‘Israel has the right to defend itself,'” CNN, May 14, 2018:

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah addressed the deaths of more than 50 Palestinian protesters at the White House press briefing just now and blamed the militant group Hamas for their deaths.

“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rest squarely with Hamas,” Shah said, adding that “Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response.”

He added: “As the Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo] said, Israel has the right to defend itself.”…

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