The hostility of the State Department against Israel was demonstrated again during Monday's press briefing. When State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked if she would consider the Palestinian-American teenager who was killed while throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars a terrorist, her answer was no.
On Friday, the U.S. issued a statement offering condolences to the family of Orwa Hammad, 14, after he was fatally shot by an IDF soldier. The Israeli military said the teenager was throwing a Molotov cocktail at a highway used by Israelis near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
During Monday's briefing a reporter asked if throwing Molotov cocktails at cars on a highway made Hammad a terrorist:
There are reports out there that he was throwing Molotov cocktails at cars on a highway, and I’m wondering, if that is the case, would you still have been so speedy in putting out a statement and offering your condolences to the family? The argument that is being made by some in Israel is that this kid was essentially a terrorist, and you don’t agree with that, I assume.
Psaki answered, "Correct, we don’t. I don’t have any more details on the circumstances now,”
The reporter followed up by mentioning that at Hammad's funeral he was wearing an Hamas headband. Then the reporter asked, “Is that of concern at all to you guys?” Psaki declined to comment, saying only, “I just don’t have any more on this particular case.”
The State Department's statement about Hammad offered “deepest condolences,” appealed for calm, and called for “a speedy and transparent investigation” into the incident. Two days earlier when a Hamas-connected terrorist rammed his car into people on a sidewalk in Jerusalem, killing 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who was also a U.S. citizen, the State Department issued a statement appealing for calm and offering condolences. There was no call for an investigation when it was a Jewish child killed.
On Monday, Psaki also criticized Israel's plans for building over a thousand housing units in East Jerusalem. Neither Psaki nor anyone else in the Obama administration indicated other places in the world where the U.S. government banned Jews from living.