John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, condemned leftist claims that Israel was committing “genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza, emphasizing that Hamas, not Israel, was the genocidal organization.
Kirby expressed these views at a press conference hosted by the White House on Monday, where he discussed how the term “genocide” was being used in an inappropriate manner by a variety of individuals.
“What Hamas wants, make no mistake about it, is genocide. They want to wipe Israel off the map, they’ve said so, publicly, on more than one occasion, in fact just recently. And they’ve said that they’re not going to stop. What happened on the 7th of October is going to happen ‘again, and again, and again’. And what happened on the 7th of October? Murder, slaughter, of innocent people in their homes, or at a music festival. That’s genocidal intentions.” Kirby said.
Kirby subsequently endeavored to pacify individuals outraged by the massive amount of fatalities caused by Israeli airstrikes against terrorist targets within the Gaza strip.
“Yes, there are too many civilian casualties in Gaza, yes the numbers are too high, yes too many families are grieving, and yes we continue to urge the Israelis to be as careful and cautious as possible. That’s not gonna stop, from the president and right on down. But Israel is not trying to wipe the Palestinian people off the map, Israel is not trying wipe Gaza off the map. Israel is trying to defend itself against a genocidal terrorist threat. So if we’re going to start using that word, fine, let’s use it appropriately.” he continued.