UN Ambassador Nikki Haley visits University of Houston campus, sparks pro-Palestine protest


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A pro-Palestine protest sparked by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continued in the lawn in front of the Cullen Performance Hall for 20 minutes after participants were escorted from the address.


Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, voiced Tuesday afternoon during a speech at UH’s Cullen Performance Hall that the United States needs to end divisions in order to make progress. Moments earlier, dozens of students protested her visit, shouting “Nikki Haley you will see, Palestine will be free” before exiting the building.

Haley was visiting the University to give a 20-minute speech followed by a Q&A with UH Regent Peter Taaffe. Multiple students, including members of Students for Justice in Palestine, shouted out in dissent and were escorted out by law enforcement officials to continue their demonstration on the lawn in front of the building.

“We are not listening to each other,” Haley said about the country 10 minutes later. “We are focusing on our differences rather than what brings us together. We are increasingly viewing those who disagree with us not just as wrong, but as evil.”

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