Palestinians in Gaza continue to hold unarmed demonstrations to demand their freedom, and Israel continues to use deadly violence against them. And the latest Israeli excuse for violence against Palestinians is more deranged than anything they’ve said before: “There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip." These were the words of the Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The question, of course, is just how far is the Trump administration willing to go in excusing Israel’s worst behavior? The answer this week is, pretty damn far! Journalist Said Arikat asked State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to react to the claim that there are no civilians in Gaza: “Do you have any comment on that?” Nauert responded: “I do not. I do not.” That’s right, folks, pandering under this administration has reached a level where our own government cannot definitively say whether any of the children in Gaza are innocent. Take a moment to reflect on the horror of that thought.

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