Palestinian president widely condemned for 'anti-Semitic' comments

Friday, 04 May, 2018

"Let Abbas's vile words be his last as Palestinian leader", the New York Times wrote while calling on him to resign.

Abbas also claimed that Israel is a European colonial project, that European Jews have "no historical ties" to Israel, and that "those who sought a Jewish state weren't Jews".

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Abbas has "reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their 'social behavior relating to interest and banks.' To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again".

According to Nazzal, Abbas has ensured that the Palestinian resistance against Israel's decades-long occupation did not have a religious component.

"And third, I said a Labour government in Britain would immediately review the sale of arms by the United Kingdom to Israel to ensure that none of the weapons sold by our country are being used by the Netanyahu government to attack innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza or anywhere else", she said. "They say 'it is because we are Jews'".

He added: "President Abbas has shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution".

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The largest lobby of the Palestinian Arabs in Germany (Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft ) issued a statement with the sharp condemnation of anti-Semitic speech of the President of the Palestinian authority Makhmudchala lobby of the Palestinian Arabs in Germany (Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft ) issued a statement with the sharp condemnation of anti-Semitic speech of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Our organization is clear and unequivocal distanciruemsa from the speech of President Abbas".

The first PNC meeting in 22 years was overshadowed by criticism of Mr Abbas's opening speech on Monday, which drew accusations of anti-semitism.

The minister said a hoped-for peace deal could not be based on denying history.

Giving a brief account of the failed peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the article notes that "Abbas, who oversees a governing system plagued by corruption and dysfunction, has lost support among the Palestinian people".

The Palestinian leader has a history of Holocaust denial. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.