Blumenauer Statement on Gaza Violence

May 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the outbreak of violence in Gaza:

“I am deeply troubled by the violence and tragic loss of life on the Gaza border. This is devastating for supporters of a peaceful, two-state solution to this decades-long conflict, as well as for supporters of Israel.

“Israel has the right to defend itself, but Palestinians have the right to peacefully demonstrate. Where Israel’s use of deadly force against unarmed protestors is absolutely unjustifiable, Palestinian demonstrators have an obligation to renounce terror and violence.

“One thing is clear – Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in this manner and at this time has exacerbated tensions rather than reduced them, fueled violence, empowered extremists on both sides of the conflict, and undermined prospects for peace. He should be ashamed.”