WATCH: Confirmation hearing for Trump’s Israel ambassador was a total circus
Activists repeatedly disrupted the confirmation hearing on Thursday for US President Donald Trump’s pick for US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
Just as Friedman began his opening remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a young Palestinian man stood up and said: “Mr. Friedman said that Palestinian refugees don’t have a claim to the land... My grandfather was exiled, was kicked out, by the state of Israel. And I’m right here, holding up the Palestinian flag!... Palestinians will always be in Palestine.”
Minutes later, another young man with a Palestinian flag stood up and declared, “David Friedman is supporting the theft of Palestinian land!”
However, it didn’t stop there. Many other activists, who were members of Jewish peace groups, joined. One man even blew a shofar, a traditional Jewish horn, inside the hearing in protest.
Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer Trump has called a longtime friend and trusted adviser, has supported Jewish settlement building and advocated the annexation of the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war.
His nomination has been fiercely opposed by some American Jewish groups.
Friedman repeatedly expressed regret for likening liberal American Jews to Jewish prisoners who worked for the Nazis during the Holocaust, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in his opening statement, “I regret the use of such language.”