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Rep. Price Issues Statement on the Violence in Gaza

May 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (May 16, 2018) – On Wednesday, May 16, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement on the violence in Gaza.

“Earlier this week, while the Trump Administration was celebrating its misguided and provocative decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli security forces killed dozens of Palestinian protesters and injured more than 2,500 just a few miles away. 

To be clear:  the fact that many of these protesters appear to have been organized by Hamas—without any regard to their life or safety—is deplorable, and the use of violence by protesters is unacceptable.  Israel has a right to defend itself proportionately against such violence.

Yet nothing about Israel’s response this week was proportionate, measured, or acceptable.  Israel’s actions only serve to inflame tensions in an already volatile region, to undermine U.S. and Israeli security, and to push a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict even further out of reach.  The international community should condemn the use of violence by all sides and work immediately to de-escalate tensions and begin restoring the conditions necessary for peace negotiations to resume.”