Since the start of conflict between Israel and Palestine in late April, there has been a reported Palestinian death toll that has been steadily increasing as violence continues. But recently, US President Joe Biden has chosen to dismiss these reports and insists that there has been no substantial increase in the death toll in the region. In a speech delivered on May 10th, Biden brushed off reports of a high death toll in Gaza and stated that there had been “no meaningful change” in the casualty count since the start of the conflict. He further argued that “the United Nations has not produced credible evidence of a significant increase.” The US President’s comments have stirred up debate on whether or not the death toll has indeed been greatly underreported. His dismissal of the matter serves to exclude the stories and experiences of Palestinians who have lost their lives in the conflict, suggesting that their deaths are insignificant and unimportant. This decision of Biden to dismiss the Palestinian death count largely overlooked by media outlets. What’s more, it is a decision that overlooks the moral imperative to recognize and honor those who have tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives in the recent and ongoing violence. The international community has long accepted that reliable and accurate casualty counts are essential in order for justice and peace to eventually be achieved in a conflict zone. But Biden’s stance on the matter implies that the truth about the reported death toll, as well as the consequences of the conflict, can be disregarded and ignored. In an era of rising tensions in the region, Biden’s decision to reject the reported death count indicates a dangerous undermining of democracy and a disregard for free press. Refusing to acknowledge the true impact of the conflict ensures that the real victims of the conflict will never receive the justice and recognition they deserve. Ultimately, Biden’s dismissal of the reported Palestinian death toll stands as a callous gesture that ignores the hard facts of the tragedy and sends a troubling message to the international community. The message being that those who have been tragically and unnecessarily taken by the conflict, including both Israelis and Palestinians, are not worthy of recognition or remembrance.