TEL AVIV – A senior Palestinian official with a long history of supporting terrorism on Wednesday slammed U.S. envoy to the UN Nikki Haley for carrying out a “one-woman crusade” against the Palestinian people.
In a statement distributed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, senior member Hanan Ashrawi said 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 accused Haley of doing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bidding.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon came to Haley’s defense.
“Small wonder Hanan Ashrawi is unhappy – @nikkihaley fights for a fair treatment of #Israel, exactly what the #Palestinians don’t want,” he tweeted.
While there have been several Palestinian media reports of the Palestinian leadership’s dissatisfaction at the Trump administration’s pro-Israel overtures, until now nothing has been said publicly.
Ashrawi said Haley was “compounding the victimization of the Palestinian people and browbeating the institutions that are meant to defend their rights.”
She continued with the claim that President Donald Trump’s envoy was undermining the chances of peace by “pursuing her own agenda consistent with her anti-Palestinian obsession and as an apologist for Israel.”
Ashrawi, a longtime deputy to arch terrorist Yasser Arafat, has an extremist past.
Breitbart Jerusalem’s Aaron Klein previously documented:
During the First Palestinian Intifada, or war of “resistance” against Israel, in 1988, Ashrawi joined what was known as the Intifada Political Committee, which sought to advance Palestinian goals through both politics and “resistance.” She served there until 1993.
In 1991, Arafat appointed Ashrawi to serve as the PLO’s Minister of Higher Education and Research. The Palestinian school system is notorious for its glorification of “martyrdom,” or suicide bombings, and has long preached against the existence of Israel.
…In 1998 Ashrawi founded MIFTAH, a nonprofit that seeks to undermine Israel’s legitimacy and refers to that Jewish state’s 1948 creation as “Al Nakba,” or “The Catastrophe.”
Discover the Networks notes that Ashrawi authored an article denying the Holocaust:
In the July 2, 1998 edition of the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, she published an article calling the Holocaust “a deceitful myth which the Jews have … exploited to get sympathy.”