Middle East minister condemns Abbas' 'deeply concerning' Shoah remarks

May 04, 2018, 10:00
Middle East minister condemns Abbas' 'deeply concerning' Shoah remarks

The foreign Minister Heiko Maas reminded the Palestinian leader that his country is responsible for "one of the worst crimes in human history".

Abbas' latest words were widely condemned.

The Palestinian leadership has become increasingly frustrated with the American administration, particularly since President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, in a break with decades of worldwide consensus that the city's fate should be decided in peace talks. His speech was quoted by the Times of Israel and other news agencies.

In a closing statement from the National Council, the Palestinian National Assembly accused Israeli and American officials of orchestrating a campaign to accuse Abbas of anti-Semitism as a diversionary tactic.

A spokesman for pro-Israel think-tank BICOM said she had not mentioned Abbas's anti-Semitic statements "despite posting a lengthy statement on Facebook about her experiences". "Even basic acquaintance with European history would inform Abbas about the escalation of anti-Semitism throughout Europe during the second half of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, and that this was in effect the prime context for the murder of Jews during the Holocaust", said the statement.

A New York Times editorial has called on Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas to resign following an anti-Semitic speech he delivered to the Palestinian leadership in which he alleged that the Jews' own conduct caused anti-Semitism and that Jewish usury led to the Holocaust.

"Leaders have an obligation to confront anti-Semitism everywhere and always, not perpetuate the conspiracy theories that fuel it", stressed Mr. Mladenov.

The organization emphasized that the statement, according to which the Jewish people is irrelevant to the Holy land is erroneous.

"By succumbing to such dark, corrosive instincts he showed that it is time for him to leave office", the Times editors stated. "To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again".

"France shares the emotions roused by these remarks by President Abbas. Peace can not be built on this kind of foundation".

The editorial gave a brief history of Abbas' rise and laid blame on Israel's "hardline" government for some of Abbas' woes in the West Bank, but concluded he "oversees a governing system plagued by corruption and dysfunction" and "has lost support among the Palestinian people".

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