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A government which once praised a Saudi dictator who ordered the murder and dismemberment in its embassy of a dissident journalist as doing a “spectacular job” has justified the attack on Gaza by Israel as “self-defence”.

The statement by the White House refused to use the term ‘war crimes’ to describe the violence and did not express sympathy for the victims of the attacks.

A source from within the activist community called the statement by the White House despicable and accused the group of being “apologists for atrocities”.

The White House issued its statement as part of what it said was a joint statement by the leaders of 5 Western nations, all of whom took part in the failed invasion of Afghanistan.

CAGE, a Muslim advocacy group, said that “every signatory of this statement has brought shame on to themselves and their countries”.

The White House’s statement said: “Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities. We further emphasize that this is not a moment for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks to seek advantage.

“Over the coming days, we will remain united and coordinated, together as allies, and as common friends of Israel, to ensure Israel is able to defend itself, and to ultimately set the conditions for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region. “

The statement featured a list of high-profile Western leaders figures that the White House said supported its message.

Muhammad Rabbani, the international director at CAGE, said: “This is a disgraceful and shocking attempt to justify the most heinous terrorism. Hundreds of young people, women and children, have been massacred in their own homes, in addition to the thousands of civilians including children who are already being held hostage in Israeli prisons.

“I hope the police and other authorities take a close look at what offences may have been committed.”

In 2019, the White House described Mohammed bin Salmam, also known as “Mr Bonesaw”, who ordered the murder and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in the Saudi embassy in Turkey, as doing “a spectacular job” and as “a friend”. 

A Cage spokesman said: “When more than 700 people, including women and children, are butchered by terrorists because of where they live, this is no time for moral equivalence. Once again, we see the usual suspects lining up to act as apologists for atrocities carried out under the false flag of freedom — it’s despicable and should be remembered.”

A White Hall spokesman said that its statement sought “to express a fundamental right that is subscribed to by all racist and fascist groups in this country”.

It added: “Only a nefarious interpretation could deem this to amount to stirring up hatred but those in support of Russia to be lawful. It is ludicrous and the height of mendacity to suggest otherwise and those who do must be regarded as enablers of terrorism.”

* This article is a parody of the following piece by The Times.

(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)