White House says Israel not committing ‘genocide’ in Gaza

The Biden administration stated Monday it doesn’t imagine that Israel is committing “genocide” in Gaza.

“We don’t imagine what is going on in Gaza is a genocide. Now we have been firmly on report rejecting that proposition,” Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan stated at a White Home press briefing — though he added that the White Home believes “Israel can and should do extra to make sure the safety and properly being of harmless civilians.”

His feedback got here a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated he agreed with a preliminary State Division report that declared it’s “cheap to evaluate” Israel has violated international humanitarian law throughout its conflict on Hamas terrorists within the Palestinian territory.

White Home Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan tells reporters Monday that the administration doesn’t imagine Israel’s actions in Gaza represent “genocide.” AP

President Biden has been fiercely criticized by some in his occasion for supporting Israel’s mission to eradicate Hamas from the Gaza Strip for the reason that terror group launched a lethal assault on the Jewish state on Oct. 7, killing greater than 1,100 civilians.

Biden’s critics have referred to as him “Genocide Joe” over the variety of civilians killed throughout Israel’s retaliation in Gaza, with protests around the country, together with by some teams which have interrupted the president’s occasions and brought over elements of some college campuses.

The White Home has walked a line of supporting Israel but additionally issuing warnings over the country’s plans to invade Rafah — a densely populated metropolis within the Gaza Strip — out of concern for extra civilian deaths.

The Gaza Ministry of Well being, which is managed by Hamas, has claimed that greater than 34,000 folks have died within the conflict between Israel and Hamas, however the United Nations has not been capable of independently affirm the quantity.

Palestinian kids wounded by Israeli hearth in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp obtain remedy in a tent on the Kamal Adwan hospital Monday. REUTERS
A person holds one of many fliers dropped by the Israeli army on the northern Gaza Strip urging folks to “quickly evacuate to shelters in western Gaza Metropolis” on Might 11. AFP through Getty Photos

Within the briefing, Sullivan additionally stated the Biden administration paused the bomb shipment to Israel, reported final week, “as a result of we don’t imagine they need to be dropped in densely populated cities.”

He reiterated {that a} floor invasion of Rafah can be a “mistake” as a result of it places civilians in danger “with out a clear strategic acquire.”

“We’re nonetheless working with Israel to make sure the defeat of Hamas in all places in Gaza, together with in Rafah,” Sullivan added.

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