After omitting a controversial line from its official transcript of Jared Kushner’s speech on Monday during the opening ceremony for the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, the White House has restored the line.
During his speech at the opening ceremony, Kushner suggested that the terror group Hamas was responsible for the recent bloodshed in Gaza.
While Kushner spoke, the violence was ongoing. Israel’s defense specialists had snipers posted and firing at the protestors. 58 Palestinians have died during the engagement.
“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” Kushner told the crowd.
Just two hours later, a representative for the White House distributed a transcript that omitted the line.
MSNBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin drew attention to the omission with a tweet, criticizing the White House and Kushner.
“Wow!! Jared Kushner’s controversial comment about Gaza during Embassy opening saying “as we have seen from the protests of the last month & even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem & not part of the solution” was omitted from official White House transcript,” he wrote on Twitter.
Wow!! Jared Kushner’s controversial comment about Gaza during Embassy opening saying “as we have seen from the protests of the last month & even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem & not part of the solution” was omitted from official White House transcript! pic.twitter.com/M6zRdg4Jcp
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) May 14, 2018
The task of hiding Kushner’s words is perplexing. The speech was broadcast worldwide, so altering the speech was a futile task. A spokesperson for the National Security Council attempted to contain the situation, claiming that “an incomplete version of his remarks were initially distributed to the pool. An amended version of the remarks was later provided.”
On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah seemed to propagate Kushner’s sentiment, telling reporters that “Hamas is responsible for these tragic deaths.”
“This is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt,” Shah said later, rejecting the idea that Israel was the aggressor. “I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence.”
The deputy press secretary asserted that “the responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response.”
35,000 protestors have rallied against the U.S. embassy’s opening and thousands are estimated to have been wounded. Notable stories of young adults, children, and infants being hurt by the violence have become viral.
A 14-year-old was listed among those shot and killed. The day is being deemed the deadliest day in the Israel-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.
Amnesty International has stated that the bloodshed is an “abhorrent violation” of human rights.
It is widely believed that Trump’s recognizing of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused a shift in the United States’ role in the region. The decision was incredibly divisive and outraged Palestinians.
On Monday, Russia said it feared that the embassy would increase tension in the Middle East. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan stated that the U.S. had forfeited its role as a mediator and was now “part of the problem.”
Video of Kushner’s speech can be watched below:
H/T: Daily Mail