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“Terrorism, moral depravity, disgusting…” anger erupts over Nikki Haley’s “finish them” message over Israeli shell

American politician and former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has sparked an avalanche of angry reactions on social media after she was photographed writing “Finish them off” on an Israeli rocket shell.

In a photo posted to the social media site

“Finish them.” America <3 Israel. Always, Nikki Haley,” we can see written by the former American diplomat in the photo.

Also read: Israeli airstrikes kill 37 Palestinians seeking shelter in tents near Gaza’s Rafah | 10 updates

The latest Israeli bombing of civilian tents in the Rafah security zone, which killed at least 37 people, the majority of them women and children, has sparked widespread condemnation and criticism from countries and on social media. .

The new photo showing Haley’s support for the Israeli offensive was thus interpreted negatively on social networks, notably X and Instagram.

Israeli offensive in Rafah

Israeli bombings and airstrikes killed at least 37 Palestinians sheltering in tents outside the southern Gaza town of Rafah during the night of May 28. The number of injured is at least 200.

As AP reports, the fire that ravaged the tent camp sparked widespread international condemnation, with even some of Israel’s closest allies expressing outrage over the expanded military offensive on Rafah. In addition, in a sign of Israel’s growing isolation on the world stage, Spain, Norway and Ireland officially recognized a Palestinian state on Tuesday.

Read also | Israeli-Palestinian war: UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting after deadly Israeli strike on Gaza camp that left 45 dead

Social media users rally for Palestine

“All eyes are on Rafah” – the phrase flooded social media on May 28 as many people around the world showed their support for Palestinians residing in the town of Rafah, located in the war-torn Gaza Strip. war.

“All eyes are on Rafah” is a phrase that refers to the ongoing genocide in Rafah, Gaza Strip, with more than 1.4 million Palestinians seeking refuge,” the Iranian Embassy published in India on X.

About half of Gaza’s population, more than a million people, live in Rafah, on the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Most Gaza residents fled there after Israel launched what it called a limited incursion into southern Gaza earlier this month. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has declared that there is no safe place in Gaza.

UNRWA said in a post on X on Tuesday that it was unable to establish full communication with its team in Gaza and said: “Gaza has become hell on earth. Families continue to seek refuge, trying to escape the war, but there is no safe place in the Gaza Strip.

Read also | ‘All eyes on Rafah’: Israel bombs southern Gaza city amid global outrage and ICJ ruling — Everything you need to know

Anger at Haley’s photo

Twitter users reacted angrily to Haley’s photo, especially at a time when civilians make up the majority of victims of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

Criticism came from users around the world, Americans and even Jewish and Israeli users on the social media platform, who called “unconditional support” for Israel “immoral.”

(With contributions from agencies)

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Published: May 29, 2024, 12:36 PM IST