PLO official slams US envoy Haley for leading anti-Palestinian ‘crusade’
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PLO official slams US envoy Haley for leading anti-Palestinian ‘crusade’

Hanan Ashrawi says UN ambassador uses intimidation and threats against anyone who challenges Israeli impunity

Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks during a press conference on February 24, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. photo credit: AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks during a press conference on February 24, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. photo credit: AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)

A senior Palestinian official on Wednesday blasted US President Donald Trump’s United Nations envoy, accusing her of carrying out a “crusade” against the Palestinian people.

Hanan Ashrawi, an senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said Nikki Haley was leading a “one-woman crusade … against Palestine and the Palestinian people individually and collectively.”

“Through an obsessive and targeted campaign of intimidation and threats, Miss Haley’s crusade does not miss an opportunity to put pressure on anyone that seeks to challenge Israeli impunity,” she added.

Ashrawi said Haley was echoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

US envoy Nikki Haley speaks at the UN Security Council's monthly meeting on 'the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question,' April 20, 2017 (YouTube screenshot)
US envoy Nikki Haley speaks at the UN Security Council’s monthly meeting on ‘the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question,’ April 20, 2017 (YouTube screenshot)

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon defended Haley’s work.

“Small wonder Hanan Ashrawi is unhappy – @nikkihaley fights for a fair treatment of #Israel, exactly what the #Palestinians don’t want…,” he wrote on Twitter.

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