Left: US and Israeli officials applaud during the opening of the new US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. © Ronen Zvulun. Right: Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. © Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters
RT News.com Mon., May 14, 2018
As American officials smiled and clapped at the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian protesters were gunned down by Israeli bullets at the Gaza border.
Twitter users were quick to point out the competing visuals and bad optics on a day when US officials were touting the opening of the new embassy as a “magnificent tribute to peace.”
Many users pointed out the images of White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump smiling and laughing at the opening of the embassy with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while protesters, among them children, were shot dead in Gaza.
Others pointed out the hypocrisy of top US and Israeli officials rubbing shoulders and talking about peace as bullets rained down on protesters a mere 50 miles away.
The split screen of Ivanka, Kushner and Netanyahu smiling as the Israeli army shoots scores of unarmed Palestinian protesters less than 50 miles away 10:02 AM – May 14, 2018
Eugene Gu, MD
✔ @eugenegu Jared and Ivanka partying it up in Jerusalem while Israeli forces massacre Palestinians in Gaza is a level of depravity you can only find in the Trump and Netanyahu administrations.
✔ @RanaAyyub Watching Netanyahu’s speech being telecast globally, calling it a glorious and historical day while Gaza witnesses perhaps the worst bloodbath in years. Tyranny has a face.
✔ @Mark_Coughlan There’s Jared Kushner, working hard to bring peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict presumably… at the opening of the US Embassy in the divided city of Jerusalem. 37 Palestinians dead today so far from Israeli sniper fire at protests against the embassy and #Gaza blockade.