Netanyahu accuses Palestinian president of antisemitism

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2017.

The Palestinian National Council, which met this week for the first time in over two decades, was set to formally announce the measure yesterday evening.

The editorial was an unusual move for a paper whose editorial board has, in the past, harshly criticized Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While trying to present a moderate face for years, recent developments show that the Palestinian president has become a hostile and outwardly racist leader that continues to alienate the Palestinian people.

Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a "history lesson", attempting to prove that the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.

He added that there were no attacks on Jews in Arab countries. "They say 'it is because we are Jews'".


An editorial in The New York Times published Thursday described a speech given earlier this week by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's as "vile" and called on him to leave office.

"This is why attempts to rewrite, downplay or deny it are risky", he said.

Even basic acquaintance with Jewish history would teach Abbas not only that the Jews pursued, then and now, a wide variety of professions and occupations, but that the majority of them at that time were impoverished.

These accusation, started by Israel and picked up by Western officials, came following Abbas' speech at the opening session of the Palestinian National Council on Monday in which he presented historical evidence written by Jewish authors on the conflict in Palestine. "His time as a Palestinian leader who can be considered a possible partner for any kind of peace negotiation is over". "I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations".

"He stated that the Holocaust was not a result of anti-Semitism, but the fault of Jewish "social behavior", and "[charging] interest and financial matters", and asserted that Adolf Hitler had actually facilitated the immigration of Jews to Israel. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.


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