Jared Kushner calls 40 Palestinians killed outside Jerusalem embassy opening 'part of the problem'
Jared Kushner speaks in Jerusalem (MSNBC/screen grab)

Jared Kushner, an adviser to President Donald Trump, suggested on Monday that dozens of Palestinians who were killed while protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem were "part of the problem" in the Middle East.

While speaking at the dedication for the controversial new embassy, Kushner referred to the protests outside the celebration, where more than 40 Palestinian demonstrators have reportedly been killed.

"President Trump was very clear that his decision [to move the embassy] and today's celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace," Kushner told the crowd. "A peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past to give our children a brighter and more boundless future."

"As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution," he added, prompting applause from the audience.

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