Netanyahu accuses Palestinian president of antisemitism

Hannah Rogers
May 3, 2018

Previously, he was also condemned by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany. He claimed that Jews moved to Israel exclusively for ideological and colonial reasons, not because of persecution "even during the Holocaust".

David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, said Abbas had reached a "new low", while President Donald Trump's envoy Jason Greenblatt said "peace can not be built on this kind of foundation". "To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again".

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Wednesday he was "shocked" at what he described as an "attack orchestrated by Israel around the world to accuse president Abbas of anti-semitism". These statements are all false and inconsistent with history.

"Antisemitism is not only a threat for Jews but a fundamental menace to our open and liberal societies", it continued. The European Union remains committed to combat any form of anti-Semitism and any attempt to condone, justify or grossly trivialise the Holocaust.

Speaking in Ramallah in front of hundreds, Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a "history lesson", as he sought to prove the 3,000 year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false. "The statement that the Jewish people has no roots in the Holy Land, also erroneously", reads the organization published a statement.

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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". "Now there's a peace partner".

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that Abbas's "anti-Semitism" was "all the more shocking considering that he presents himself as wanting to make peace with Israel".

In June 2016 the ADL condemned Abbas for using language in a speech before the European Parliament that is "reminiscent of age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes".

Relations between the USA and Palestinian leadership have broken down over the controversial American plan to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

'His comments were out of keeping with the tone of the Council as a whole, 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 re-establishing peaceful and constructive dialogue'.

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