Just hours after applauding Israel’s “restraint” in its response to Palestinian protesters Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made another bold – yet silent – statement as she left the National Security Council meeting just as the Palestinian envoy began to speak.
The Security Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the violence in Gaza. Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinians protesting along the border fence on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. That number included several children, one of whom was just 8 months old. More than 3,100 others were wounded.
In her speech, Haley praised Israel’s response to the protests, saying any country would respond with at least as much restraint should such a situation arise on its borders:
“I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?” she said. “No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”
The ambassador made no mention of Monday’s death toll, nor the fact that every life lost was Palestinian.
Then – less than two hours after saying her piece – Haley walked out of the meeting when Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour began to speak.
Haley’s words and actions were echoed throughout the Trump administration this week:
As Israeli forces dropped drones with tear gas and shot at Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner called the protesters “part of the problem and not part of the solution.” Kushner’s family has longtime ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and previously failed to disclose that he once led a group that funded West Bank settlements, which are illegal under international law.
Hours after Kushner’s speech, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also claimed that the Palestinian deaths on Monday were “an unfortunate propaganda attempt” by Hamas.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley followed suit as well, calling the protest “an organized, purposeful propaganda technique by Hamas to try and garner support and sympathy from media outlets and from the rest of the global community."