A Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official said on Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had not been appointed the world's "schoolmarm," criticizing her pledge to "take names" of countries that refuse to back Washington.
"She threatened and she pressured and she used coercion and so on at the United Nations, particularly by taking down names; I don't think people appointed her the schoolmarm of the world," Hanan Ashrawi, a top PLO official, told reporters.
Ashrawi was referring to Haley's multiple warnings that she would "take names" of member countries who refused to support the U.S. decision recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In December, the U.N. General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for the United States to reverse its decision.
After dozens were killed and thousands injured by Israeli troops on the Gaza border on Monday while the United States opened its new Jerusalem embassy, the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the massacre.
Haley, however, blamed the violence on "those who reject the existence of the state of Israel."
"Those who suggest that the Gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the American embassy are sorely mistaken," Haley told the council.
Ashrawi, among others, saw such claims as divorced from the reality of the situation: "It's extremely difficult to find any relationship between reality and the words we hear coming out from the American representative here," Ashrawi said.