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U.S. Ambassador Walks Out On U.N. Security Council

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

UNITED NATIONS/JERUSALEM (K-LOVE News) – The American ambassador to the United Nations walked out of a Security Council meeting, apparently fed up with demands from the Palestinian government to condemn Israel after a deadly response to violent attacks from Gaza.

Nikki Haley later tweeted that protesters, egged on by Hamas, were lighting Molotov cocktails and sending fiery kites over-the-border into Israel. Referring to the dozens of deaths at the hands of Israeli soldiers, Haley said, “Make no mistake. Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday."

RT @USUN: “I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would.” pic.twitter.com/gh0ukdqCCp

— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) May 15, 2018

Above image, Palestinian protesters lob slingshots at Israeli soldiers (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Below: Palestinian protesters, including women, take part in border protest (AP/Khalil Hamra)

The violent protests along the Gaza border came as the United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The action was celebrated by many Israelis, but was considered a provocation by some in the Muslim world.

Below: Presidential Daughter Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attend opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem (AP/Sebastian Scheiner) 

Meanwhile, a senior Hamas official says the vast majority of protesters whose lives were taken by Israeli fire during protests on the Gaza border this week were members of the Islamic militant group. Salah Bardawil says 50 of the nearly 60 protesters killed  were members of the group that rules the Gaza Strip. He spoke in an interview Wednesday to Baladna TV, a private Palestinian news outlet. The statement could bolster Israeli claims that Hamas has been using weekly mass border protests as cover to stage attacks. Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt when Hamas seized power in 2007.

In a tweet posted by the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), an alleged Hamas supporter claims Palestinians are strong-armed by Hamas to go to the Israeli border, and women and children are positioned as human shields because ‘the IDF won’t shoot at them.’

BREAKING: Hamas terrorist who reached the border fence between Gaza and Israel caught on camera explaining how Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel #HamasLied pic.twitter.com/gYF954ufWc

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 16, 2018

On Friday, the U.N.'s top human rights body will hold a special session to discuss "the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory" in the wake of a deadly crackdown on protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces. The 47-member Human Rights Council says Friday's session is being convened following a request by Palestine and the United Arab Emirates that was supported by 17 members — one more than required under council rules — including Cuba, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Israel and the United States have repeatedly accused the council of anti-Israel bias. Israel's ambassador in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, tweeted that convening the session "rewards Hamas' terror strategy & its use of civilians as human shields to advance its terror activities" against Israelis.

Remaining in total agreement with the Trump administration, Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu tweets that Jerusalem will always be Israel’s capital:

A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. You can only build peace on truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 14, 2018

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)  © 2018 K-LOVE News