The US government is “supporting the genocide” that Israel is committing against Palestinians in the Gaza strip, says Paul Larudee, an Iranian-born American political activist in California. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion on Wednesday that progress had been made on forging a ceasefire to halt the fighting in Gaza between Israel’s military and the Palestinian resistance fighters is “a very carefully stated lie,” said Larudee, a founder of the Free Gaza Movement and the Free Palestine Movement. “John Kerry has said that more time is needed for the Gaza truce and that they are making progress. I think these are two very carefully stated lies that they’re not making any progress at all,” Larudee said on Wednesday. The activist said Kerry’s objective to stop Israel’s invasion of Gaza is to lessen the pressure on the Zionist regime. “Kerry has not accomplished anything by this. He’s only gone there to look like he’s doing something and he’s not.” Last week’s unanimous passage of a resolution by the US Senate expressing support for Israel’s atrocities in Gaza indicates that the US government “very clearly supports the genocide.” The death toll from the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 700, as the Israeli offensive continues on to a 17th day. At least 4,250 Palestinians have also been wounded since Israel started its air raids on July 8 and its ground invasion nearly 10 days later. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 150 Palestinian children have been killed. Another 107,000 children are in need of direct and specialized psychosocial support, the report said. The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Israel has so far confirmed the death of at least 32 Israelis soldiers.