Palestinian President Abbas Apologizes For Holocaust Remarks

Aaron Brown
May 6, 2018

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose to use his speech at the opening of the Palestinian National Council to repeat some of the most contemptuous anti-Semitic slurs, including the suggestion that the social behavior of Jews was the cause for the Holocaust", said United Nations envoy Nikolay Mladenov on Wednesday.

The British Government has finally condemned anti-Semitic language used by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, days after others reacted in horror. "I want to make it clear that it wasn't my intention and say that I have the utmost respect for the Jewish faith, as I do for other monotheistic religions".

"Germany bears responsibility for the most atrocious crime of human history", he said, adding the memory of the Holocaust was a constant reminder to tackle any form of anti-Semitism. The New York Times called on him to resign.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas apologized on Friday for his statements that were widely considered anti-Semitic, aftre being re-elected the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) executive committee.

Abbas's speech in Ramallah, where he said that Jews caused the Holocaust with their "social behaviour", was slammed by Israeli President Rivlin.

"Khazar was a kingdom with no religion, then they became Jews and left the kingdom and spread all over Europe", Abbas said.

"It was not due to their religion", he said, "but because of [the practice of] lending money [at interest] and banking".

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"I apologize to them".

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman swiftly rejected Abbas' apology. "President Abbas is a man of peace who has dedicated his entire political career to finding a just and lasting peace based on worldwide law, freedom, justice, equality and coexistence between Israel and Palestine".

He also said that Zionism and the founding of Israel was a European colonial project, saying "history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland".

"Palestinian president Abbas's comments at the Palestinian National Congress were deeply concerning".

Such rhetoric has no place in civilized society, and Mr. Abbas's comments stand as a particularly troubling example of political anti-Semitism.

In a January 14 address to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council, Abbas spent more than two hours ranting about the history of Zionism in a conspiratorial fashion. One of the bill's sponsors, MK Avi Dichter was quoted while discussing the bill: "Anyone who does not belong to the Jewish nation can not define the State of Israel as his nation-state".

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