Yad Vashem Slams Abbas for 'Assault' on Holocaust

US envoy to Israel: Palestinian leader's remarks a 'new low'

On Wednesday, the European Jewish Congress called on European leaders and officials to cease all contact with the Palestinian leader until he apologizes for his outrageous anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

UK Labour Party's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, attended the Palestinian National Council summit in Ramallah this week, where she slammed the policies of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump.

Abbas also appeared to dismiss media reports quoting Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as saying the Palestinians should stop complaining and accept what they are being offered by the Trump administration. They were massacred because Jews were bankers, charged usury, "and so on", Mahmoud Abbas said.

"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. "They say "it is because we are Jews", he told the hundreds of delegates.

"President Abbas has shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution", Burt said in a statement.


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.

"Those who sought a Jewish state weren't Jews", Abbas said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as "a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism" to safeguard European interests.

"The speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel's legitimacy", a spokesman for the EU's diplomatic service said in a statement.

"Apparently the Holocaust denier is still a Holocaust denier", Netanyahu said, calling on the global community to condemn Abbas's "severe anti-Semitism". "I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations". He claimed that Jews moved to Israel exclusively for ideological and colonial reasons, not because of persecution "even during the Holocaust". His 1982 doctoral dissertation was titled "The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism", and he has in the past been accused of denying the scope of the Holocaust.

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