Wednesday, October 29, 2014

State Dep. Ambiguous on Violence of Dead US-Palestinian


Israeli troops shot dead a U.S.-Palestinian Arab teenager Friday, October 24, during clashes with rock-throwing protesters near Ramallah. Palestinian officials named the boy as Orwa Hammad, 17, saying he was shot while throwing firebombs - a regular occurrence near Silwad, near the Binyamin community of Ofra. The IDF said that troops opened fire towards the teenager upon identifying that he was preparing to throw firebombs towards a local road near Ramallah. The troops opened fire in order to prevent him from hitting Israeli vehicles.

Jen Psaki of The State Department statement later released this statement:

"The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.  Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation.  We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank."

The video:

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki leads the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on October 27, 2014. Below is a short snippet of the  briefing where the topic of discussion is Israel and more specifically the U.S.-Palestinian teen shot by the IDF.

State Department Doesn't Comment On U.S.-Palestinian Teen's Burial In Hamas Headband. "Palestinians Who Throw Molotov Cocktails at Israelis Are Not Terrorists."

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