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Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

"The days of Israel-bashing are over", she declared, adding "For anyone who said you can't get anything done at the United Nations, they need to know there's a new sheriff in town".

During her remarks on Wednesday morning, Haley said she intends to focus on two areas when the US assumes the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council next month: The role of human rights in national security and reforming the U.N.'s peacekeeping operations, including "winding down" the missions in Haiti-"It's not needed anymore"-Liberia and Ivory Coast".

However, this is not the first time that Haley has defended Israel at the United Nations and on many other platforms.

"Basically what it comes down to is that I'm not there to play, and what I wanted to make sure of was that the United States started leading again", she told the lobby group's invitees.

"I personally believe that the organization that you're representing is an anti-Semitic organization that chooses to ignore the law and chooses to ignore reality in order to push back on Israel in the Jewish community", Clemmons said to loud cheers.

Haley called BDS a "movement away from truth and away from history", and slammed those who condemn Israel for human rights violations, while ignoring the behavior of countries like Iran, North Korea and Syria.

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He avoided any reference to the issue of illegal settlements, which Trump raised before their first meeting last month. He further strengthened his resolve and said that "the world will know this - America stands with Israel".

"So how are we kicking?"

Haley said she plans to dedicate a Security Council meeting to "the broader question of how human rights abuses can lead to a breakdown in national peace and security", which, she said, would be a first for the council. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

"We're aggressive. We're stubborn", she said to the crowd, earning thunderous applause.

Trump's administration has already made several gestures to reassure Israel's government that, in Haley's words to AIPAC, "a new sheriff is in town" and U.S. policy has changed. "The days of Israel-bashing are over", declared Haley.

"That's why I want to pledge right here and now that so long as I am speaker, we will meet our military assistance commitments to Israel and provide additional funding in times of crisis".

U.S. officials still insist they support the eventual goal of Israel and a future Palestine living side-by-side within agreed borders - but they will not pressure the Jewish state for concessions. On Wednesday, Haley alluded to "yet another ridiculously biased report attacking Israel" that resulted in the resignation of Rima Khalaf, the executive secretary of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

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