While the dignitaries were celebrating this major change in Mideast policy, protests against the decision to move the embassy turned violent in Gaza. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Israeli troops shot and killed at least 58 protesters while some 2,700 others were injured.
The demonstrations were not mentioned during the embassy ceremony, but many people took to social media to call out White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher for celebrating the opening in the wake of such deadly violence:
Kushner and Ivanka’s presence and public roles at this Jerusalem embassy opening are outlandish. They are Assistants to the President. They have no business and no rank to be speaking for the country at a geopolitical flash point. We don’t have Princes and princesses in America
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 15, 2018
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) May 14, 2018
You lose the PR advantage on this one, #MrTrump, with those two images side be side, Ivanka and Jared yukking it up in Jerusalem while the Palestinians get shot at. Perfect, you moron.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 14, 2018
Ivanka “Daddy’s Little Diplomat” Trump opens the new Jerusalem embassy with the traditional, seductive ‘I’m pretending to be a supermodel’ kiss to cameras [at 33 seconds], famous in diplomatic circles since John Adams coquettishly opened the White House.pic.twitter.com/xKo4M9VLoy
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) May 14, 2018
Jared Kushner failed to disclose that he served as a director for a foundation that funded a controversial Israeli settlement. Is he really the right person to serve as part of the US delegation to Jerusalem?https://t.co/mt8aifJUDk
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 14, 2018
Jared and Bubblehead outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. While they are smiling and Ivanka does her best Price Is Right model point, 41 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,600 were wounded by Israeli soldiers whiles protesting on the Gaza Strip. Talk about tone deaf. pic.twitter.com/ssyZY0VQUw
— Tiggerpawz Today (@tiggerpawz2day) May 14, 2018
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.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 14, 2018
Say what you will about Ivanka Trump, but she is ambitious. Today in Jerusalem she added whitewashing war crimes to her resume whereas before it had only been whitewashing sexual assault, adultery, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) May 14, 2018
People who told us Obama lacked experience are quite pleased that Jared Kushner is setting policy.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 14, 2018
"On behalf of the 45th President of the US, we welcome you officially, and for the first time, to the Embassy of the US, here in Jerusalem.” Ivanka Trump
This is not our Secretary of State. It’s Trump’s unqualified daughter. Proof nepotism is bad. pic.twitter.com/ACK4TNgUNd
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 14, 2018
Javanka appearing in Jerusalem with Jared making a speech saying trump keeps his promises. Really???
— Marcia Van Note (@317spier) May 14, 2018
Someone please remind me again why Jared Kushkush, who doesn't even have a security clearance, is delivering a speech at that embassy right now like he's the Secretary of State?? pic.twitter.com/MIUMVgwqb2
— John Christopher (@jayceekessel) May 14, 2018
Stands in the heart of the #TrumpRussia criminal investigation.
Has no security clearance.
No diplomatic experience.
Born a third generation multimillionaire.
Married Trump’s daughter.
Why is Jared Kushner speaking for the United States in Israel while Palestine burns? pic.twitter.com/7eao1aa8aN
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) May 14, 2018
This split-screen shot by @SkyNews on the Jerusalem embassy opening is everything wrong with the Trump administration and Javanka, in particular. Complete refusal to acknowledge how much their actions hurt or damage others, just furious, non-stop spin. pic.twitter.com/q5fi11Wgz1
— Nai Mei (@naimeiyao) May 14, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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