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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in the UN general assembly (photo: J.B. Pritzker)
UN ambassador Nikki Haley is facing a backlash from the United States and Israel after she made a series of politically charged comments at this week’s United Nations General Assembly.
During a panel discussion yesterday on the “international community’s responsibility to act,” the South Carolina Republican said:
“If the problem is a lack of good governance, then of course the international community… has to step in and say it’s happening here in South Africa and we have to do something…. When it comes to the world sitting down and having a conversation about [Zimbabwean president Robert] Mugabe’s regime, the international community… has to say this is unacceptable.”
Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor, who is in New York for this month’s UN General Assembly meeting, had a similar reaction:
“The United Nations stands for equality and freedom, not discrimination and dictatorship,” Prosor said at a dinner hosted by the Hebrew University’s Institute for Israel Studies last night. “The hypocrisy of Nikki Haley is clear…. The United Nations is a democratic institution, and the U.S. Senate is a democratically elected body. Nikki Haley can’t use the United Nations as an arena for her political gain…. She was an ambassador of hate. This has to stop.”
Earlier this week, Haley criticized Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, calling on the country’s African Union to get involved in the country’s political issues, including human rights.
Haley also said she believed the U.S. government would be able to “totally isolate” Mugabe if he had a “