Leaked Memo on Gaza: These Are the Three Phrases US Diplomats Must Not Use

Israeli airstrikes on besieged Gaza continue. Thousand killed. Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

The US insists on using a language that sees no other explanation of what is taking place in Gaza at the moment but an act of Israeli self-defense. A leaked memo, however, tells of a bigger story.

According to an internal email viewed by the HuffPost, the US State Department is telling its Middle East diplomats that they must refrain from using specific phrases when they speak of the bloody Israeli war on Gaza, which has killed thousands. 

According to the HuffPost, the memo was circulated on Monday. The phrases are: 

“de-escalation/ceasefire,” “end to violence/bloodshed” and “restoring calm.”

“The emails were sent hours after Israel told more than 1.1 million residents of northern Gaza that they should leave their homes and shelters ahead of an expected ground invasion of the region,” the HuffPost reported. 

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health the number of Palestinians killed and wounded in the Israeli war on Gaza rose to 2,215, and 8,714 wounded.

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In the West Bank, 54 were killed and more than 1,100 wounded since Saturday.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. I suspect they’d only be using “de-escalation” to disguise further escalations anyway – the US repeatedly did that in the Vietnam War, iirc, further eroding the US’s moral authority.

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