Israel brushes off criticism over death of 2 Palestinian protesters


 Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman brushed off on Wednesday a U.S. demand to investigate the killing of two Palestinian youths by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) last week near Ramallah.The U.S. demand came after footage showed Israeli soldiers shooting at two Palestinians last week during the Nakba Day protests which commemorated the 1948 expulsion of 700,000 Arabs from their homes.U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the American administration is “looking for the government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation to determine the facts surrounding this incident, including whether or not the use of force was proportionate to the threat posed by the protesters.”The hawkish foreign minister, on his part, brushed off the demand, saying the army is already conducting an internal inquiry, and said the implied criticism is plain “hypocrisy.”

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