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While Razan lost her life, Nikki Haley lost her humanity

By Professor Kamel Hawwash | MEMO | June 3, 2018

Last Friday, 1 June, a Palestinian volunteer medic, Razan Al Najar, was fasting and tending to the wounded at Gaza’s artificial fence with Israel. Thousands of miles away, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was scheming on behalf of Israel at the world body. The day ended with martyrdom and glory for Razan and shame and humiliation for Nikki.

Just like she had done since the start of the Great March of Return on 30 March, Razan said goodbye to her family to go to the border, knowing that her skills would undoubtedly be called upon to treat Palestinians planning to march to the fence that artificially separates Gaza from the rest of historic Palestine. They have been marching to exercise their right of return to the homes they and their families hail from and which Israel and its terrorist gangs had expelled them from in 1948 and continued to do since then. Razan’s medical skills would surely be needed because Israel decided to deploy tens of highly trained snipers to kill Palestinians. The number killed has now reached 119, with over ten thousand injured; some estimates put this figure at over 13,000.

A post on Facebook whose accuracy I cannot verify says that her last words to her mother were to ask her to cook stuffed vine leaves for her breaking of the fast meal at sunset. She said her goodbyes and left to join her medical colleagues at the fence. Nikki Haley would at that time probably been having her breakfast before heading to the UN to decide how to deal with the 15-member Security Council. It had failed to agree on any statement regarding the events at the Gaza fence since the start of the marches, despite the high number of casualties. The choice for the Council that day was whether to back a resolution tabled by Kuwait calling for protection for the Palestinian people or to back an American resolution condemning Hamas for a volley of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip in response to Israeli crimes.

Twenty-one-year-old Razan was the eldest of six siblings. She had a diploma in general nursing and had completed some 38 first aid courses. Although she had not secured paid work, she volunteered in hospitals and with NGOs and medical organisations, building skills and experience that made her an asset when it came to the Great March.

In an interview with The New York Times last month, Razan explained why she had volunteered to help with the Great Return March, especially as a woman. “Being a medic is not only a job for a man,” Razan said. “It’s for women, too.”

She also bore witness to the final moments of some of those who were fatally wounded. “It breaks my heart that some of the young men who were injured or killed made their wills in front of me,” she told Al Jazeera. “Some even gave me their accessories [as gifts] before they died.”

In a post on her Facebook account on the 16 May, Razan denied claims that she and others went to the fence under duress.

On 1 June, she was shot in the back by an Israeli sniper, the human rights group Al Mezan stated, citing eyewitnesses and its investigations. She was100m from the fence the moment she was shot and was wearing clothing which clearly identified her as a medic. Her blood stained medical vest accompanied her to her grave during what was a massive funeral the following day.

Contrast the humane and selfless acts of 21-year-old Razan, with limited opportunities to bring peace and justice to her people, with the shameful and brazen attempts in the Security Council by US Ambassador Nikki Hayley to deny another people, Razan’s people, protection from Israeli terror. While Kuwait had brought a resolution to the Council to call on it to fulfill its responsibility to an oppressed people and ensure their protection, Hayley was bringing a resolution to denounce Hamas for the volley of rockets that were launched into other Israeli controlled areas following the deadly attacks at the fence and bombings of the beleaguered enclave.

Votes on the two texts came shortly after Razan’s death. Haley failed to garner any votes for the resolution except her own, with three countries voting against it and 11 abstaining. A complete humiliation for the US and for Haley personally, leaving observers scrambling through historical records to find another occasion when a resolution only had the support of the country proposing it. None were found at the time of writing this piece.

Haley was again isolated when the US vetoed a resolution to protect Palestinians. With her Israel proxy[sic], she had turned her back on a largely unarmed Palestinian people, facing the might of Israel’s military, aided by American military hardware worth billions of dollars. She had walked out of a previous Council meeting on Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters when their representative began to speak. It was a clear breach of protocol which brought heavy condemnation.  Given her overall performance as US ambassador, President Trump should, without delay, sack Haley. She has brought isolation and disgrace to her country; all for the sake of an undeserving ally, Israel.

On 1 June 2018, Razan lost her life while Nikki Haley lost her humanity defending the terrorist actions of a rogue state, Israel. Razan died a proud Palestinian full of humanity and will be remembered with the same name she was born with. In contrast, Nimrata Randhawa, the daughter of Sikh immigrants will one day pass away to be remembered by her adopted name, Nikki Haley, hiding her Indian heritage. Razan will be remembered for her selfless volunteering while Haley will be remembered for her astonishing role, supporting and shielding the world’s only apartheid state.

Razan had little power to change the dynamics and bring peace to the holy land, while Haley, from one of the most powerful offices in world politics, could have helped protect Palestinians and bring peace to the region. If only Razan had such a high profile office, the world would be a better place.

Rest in peace Razan Al-Najar, you are worth more than a million Nikki Haleys.

June 3, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Agreement and appreciation to this.

    To the disgrace and moral dishonor the likes of Nikki Haley, the American body politic which she represents and which put her there, this ambassador had no humanity in the first place. She has slovenly, whorishly defended and promoted Israel. She may as well be an ambassador from Israel.

    And, consider just one other aspect of what she defends and promotes: the incarcerations of Palestinians, such as Ahed Tamara, her relatives or anyone else as her, and the release of murdering Israeli soldiers, such as Elor Azaria.

    Consider the crimes of so-called Israeli ‘settlers’, who attack, kill, poison livestock and destroy Palestinian crops, while protected from defense of such crimes, by Israeli soldiers.

    The world should act on these barbarities and not be dissuaded by accusations of anti-semitism: Israel is a terrorist state and its supporters, world-wide, are complicit. Most especially so, the likes of Nikki Haley and what put her in that place.

    Does she represent America? If so, American is equal and complicit in these crimes.

    Comment by michael | June 3, 2018 | Reply

  2. “The day ended with martyrdom and glory for Razan and shame and humiliation for Nikki.” So simply and elegantly stated. I am in shame for having to endure the arrogance and evil of Embarrassador Haley. I am also shedding tears of frustration, anger, and sadness for Razan, this young lady of quality and passion (three years younger than my sole granddaughter), her family, and her people.

    (Michael: with admiration for your comment, one correction. Ahed’s family name is Tamimi.)

    One plaintive question: Will the NYTimes follow up on its interview with Razan, perhaps with front-page exposure? Surely my question is purely rhetorical….

    Comment by roberthstiver | June 3, 2018 | Reply

  3. Thank you, roberthstiver. And, though hard to imagine any reader of this site not aware of the plight of and cruelty to Ahed Tamimi and family, if so, please research this. All the better, all the better to make aware as broadly as possible what Israel is about.

    Which brings to mind another aspect of the cruelty and criminality of Israel: as has been said in the past officially and now moving toward officially enacted, to film or otherwise make public such criminality by the Israeli military will result in prosecution. And by extension, its official legality is continually declared by the Israeli judiciary. From every aspect, Israel makes itself a criminal enterprise.

    The United States is a partner in this; it has in effect incriminated itself. By extension, that is, its citizens. If Nikki Haley speaks for the United States, she speaks for its citizens.

    She doesn’t speak for me.

    As stated in the first comment, for the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations to continually vouchsafe Israel’s war on the Palestinians, that condones it. Thus, the United States is complicit by agreement.

    Consider this: exposure, if done by a conscientious objector of American citizenship; that is, to have exposed at large any Israeli committed crime. How will Israel react?

    Extend this one more step. Suppose a citizen of the United States was to expotse the crime committed by the Elor Azaria, while in Israel. Any doubt? Think, Rachel Corrie. Know that she wasn’t the only American murdered.

    That’s Israel. It not only wants to justify its criminality, it wants to conceal its criminality.

    Comment by michael | June 3, 2018 | Reply

  4. Nikki Haley, the venomous snake representing (Israel’s) USA government(not the USA people)at the United Nations(surely the UN should be renamed “The Divided Nations”), they don’t seem to be able to agree on fundamental fairness these days.

    Such is Israel’s grip on the USA Government, that the USA votes for oppression and Tyranny in Palestine, while the rest of the World looks on, and wonders why?
    Israel is dragging the USA’s name through the mud these days.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 3, 2018 | Reply

    • …..and America’s “bought and owned” Politicians turn a blind eye to this travesty of Justice……..

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 3, 2018 | Reply

  5. May Razan al-Najar rest in peace. My condolences to her family. May the evil Zionist entity vanish from the earth.

    Comment by traducteur | June 3, 2018 | Reply


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