U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blocked the U.N. from approving an independent investigation into the violence in Gaza and refused to place any blame on the Israeli military.
Sixty-one unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israeli military forces Monday, and an additional 2,700 were injured.
Monday’s violence brings the totals since the beginning of the protests on March 30 to at least 112 Palestinians killed and more than 12,000 injured.
During a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, Haley blamed the violence on Hamas and praised Israel for their display of “restraint.”
“This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake: Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday. I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”
To complete her display of petty delusion, Haley got up and walked out of the room when Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour took the floor.
Haley’s comments come on the heels of Senior Advisor Jared Kushner’s ill-conceived statements at the opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Monday in which he blamed Hamas and the Palestinian protesters for the ongoing violence.
“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution.”
An official transcript of the ceremony released later in the day omitted Kushner’s comment.
The White House has also supported a version of events in which Hamas is the perpetrator of violence.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told White House Correspondent Jessica Stone that the entire incident is an “unfortunate propaganda attempt.”
JESSICA STONE: Jared Kushner, in his speech, pointed a finger at the Palestinians, saying they were responsible for provoking violence. But given the fact that it’s only Palestinians who are being killed, should Israel not shoulder some of the blame?
DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY RAJ SHAH: Well, as I said earlier, we believe Hamas bears the responsibility. But this is a propaganda attempt. I mean, this is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence. And we find it very unfortunate.
JESSICA STONE: But people were throwing rocks 50 meters from the wall and were faced with sniper attack. I mean, is the White House in denial of the split-screen reality that’s occurring?
DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY RAJ SHAH: Again, we believe that Hamas is responsible for this.
On Monday, the Israeli military announced that one of their soldiers had sustained a “light injury” — the first injury sustained by an Israeli soldier since the protests began.
Much of the justification for the hundreds of Palestinian deaths and injuries is rooted in the fabrication that Israeli soldiers’ lives are threatened by the protesters, who are separated from the military by a chain-link fence and some 100 odd yards.
“Lethal force may only be used as a measure of last—not first—resort, and only when there is an immediate threat to life or serious injury. An attempt to approach or crossing or damaging the green line fence do not amount to a threat of serious—to life or serious injury, and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition.” – Rupert Colville, U.N. human rights spokesperson
The Israeli soldiers watch the protests from afar, atop sand mounds used by snipers.
“But you have to understand that the sniper bullets don’t come in quick succession. It’s not a barrage of fire. It’s methodical. It’s patient. It’s precise. You hear a shot, and someone falls down. Then his bloodied body is carried away. You wait a few minutes, you hear another shot, and another body falls. And that’s how 1,350 people were shot yesterday—slowly, by Israel.” – Sharif Abdel Kouddous, DemocracyNow! correspondent
To make matters worse for the Palestinian protesters, the Israeli military has begun using “butterfly bullets,” which explode inside a target’s body, ripping apart flesh and shattering bones, leaving gaping exit wounds that cripple and disable their victims for the rest of their lives.
“And when we’re talking about the injured, you have to understand, as I mentioned yesterday, these are high-velocity bullets that really cause terrible damage to the body. Bones are pulverized. There’s massive tissue damage, these massive gaping wounds. And many of these people are going to suffer long-term consequences. Many of these people are going to be disabled for the rest of their lives. So it really had a devastating effect.” – Kouddous
And yet, in light of all the evidence that points towards intentional, strategic targeting, crippling, and killing of Palestinian protesters, the U.S. will not condemn Israeli actions, nor will our government allow an independent investigation to take place.
Instead, we will continue to supply Israel with weapons and $10.2 million every day while they continue to commit mass murder.