France, Britain blast Abbas for anti-Semitic speech

Leroy Wright
May 4, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2017.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas' remarks were "the pinnacle of ignorance" and that the Palestinian leader was "again reciting the most disgraceful anti-Semitic slogans".

"His comments were out of keeping with the tone of the Council as a whole", she added, "and of my discussions with other delegates, and I hope President Abbas will immediately apologise for them, so that the message to come out of this important Council meeting can remain positive and progressive, and focused on reestablishing peaceful and constructive dialogue".

Abbas also charged that Ashkenazi Jews have "no historical ties" to the Land of Israel.

"The proof of this is that there were Jews [living] in all Arab countries", Abbas said, going on to assert that Jews had lived in the Arab world for some 1,400 years without facing religious persecution. "We deplore them and consider them false, unfortunate and inappropriate".

"Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated".

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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein called Abbas' remarks "obscene" and said they "exonerate" the Nazis.

The Times his refusal to stand for reelection and thus "overstaying his term by many years and preventing younger leaders from emerging", as well as his failure to unify the Palestinians under his rule in the West Bank and those in Gaza ruled by Hamas.

U.S., European Union and Israeli officials Wednesday slammed remarks by the Palestinian president about the causes of 20th century anti-Semitism in Europe.

He went on to say that the Holocaust was not the result of anti-Semitism, but rather of the Jews' "social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters".

In those apparently unscripted remarks, Abbas said that recently "a number of rabbis in Israel made a clear declaration and asked their government to poison water to kill the Palestinians". He claimed that Jews moved to Israel exclusively for ideological and colonial reasons, not because of persecution "even during the Holocaust".

Abbas has already faced accusations of Holocaust denial based on his 1982 doctoral dissertation titled.

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