Israel’s new African friends will pay a price for this betrayal


The split-screen juxtaposition had most of us trembling with anger. On the left, here was Ivanka Trump, the US president’s daughter, beaming at the inauguration plaque outside the new US embassy in Jerusalem. On the right, Palestinians in Gaza were being pulled from the carnage of a bloodbath. At last count, at least 60 Palestinians were massacred. Another 2,700 injured by bullets and tear gas fumes. Gaza remains in trauma.

Without consequence

And while the usual tropes of Hamas involvement in inciting the protest movement have been spilling from American and Israeli mouthpieces – be they politicians, commentators or columnists – this week’s devastating events left even the most neutral of observers stunned. How was it possible, in the 21st century, that such an atrocity could play out without…

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