MEDIA RELEASE: Antisemitic Remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

The follow media release concerns antisemitic remarks by Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President.


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We are appalled by the latest incendiary speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he blamed the Jewish people for their own genocide.

Abbas told the Palestinian National Council that it was the “social behaviour” of the Jews such as money-lending that caused the Holocaust. He has rightly been condemned for deploying a notorious racist stereotype for the purpose of blaming Jews themselves for their slaughter at the hands of the Nazis and their allies.

It is a supreme irony that Abbas’s predecessor as leader of the Palestinians, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was a close friend and ally of Hitler and other high Nazi officials during World War II. He recruited a Muslim SS division for the Nazis in Bosnia, and prevented Jewish children in Europe from travelling to Palestine, ensuring instead that they perished in the death camps.

When he wasn’t engaging in his Holocaust revisionism, Abbas reverted to antisemitic conspiracy theories, including the claim that Ashkenazi Jews have no historical lineage to the original habitants of Israel and that Israel is “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism.”

The frequency and brazenness of Abbas’s antisemitic statements is alarming, both in terms of inciting further antisemitism in Palestinian society and in further damaging any prospect of peace between the conflicting parties.

Perhaps most telling of all, Abbas again rejected in advance any possibility that he will consider any peace proposals that may be put forward by the US Administration. The result of this approach is that while Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its rebirth, the inept and extreme leadership of the Palestinians consigns its people to prolonged statelessness.

We hope that both government and non-governmental actors will join us in condemning these remarks without equivocation.

Contact:
Peter Wertheim AM | Co-CEO
ph: 02 8353 8500 | m: 0408 160 904
e: pwertheim@ecaj.org.au | www.ecaj.org.au

Alex Ryvchin | Co-CEO
ph: 02 8353 8505 | m: 0478 297 245 
e: aryvchin@ecaj.org.au | www.ecaj.org.au