Palestinian Leader Apologizes For Speech Many Saw As Anti-Semitic

Polish Jews participate in a prayer at a Jewish cemetery

Polish Jews participate in a prayer at a Jewish cemetery

Emily Thornberry, the UK Labour party's shadow foreign secretary. The New York Times called for him to resign for the "vile" address.

According to Abbas, the mass genocide of more than 6 million Jews was a result of the Jews "social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters".

"So the Jewish issue that had spread against the Jews across Europe was not due to their religion, it was because of usury and banks", he said at the first session of the Palestinian National Council since 1998 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Leaving aside that Jews engaged in money-lending because they were banned from other professions, Abbas also threw in a discredited theory that Ashkenazi Jews have no legitimate claim to Israel.

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Abbas's office later acknowledged that the reports on which his comments had been based had proved without foundation.

He also repeated his stubborn rejection of any peace plan proposal led by the Trump administration, even before it has been formally presented.

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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Abbas had "reached a new low", adding "to all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again".

Abbas, 82, was excoriated by Israeli and Jewish leaders and diplomats who accused him of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial for his remarks on Monday during his opening speech to the PNC, the de facto parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. "Israel exists, and all I want is a state so that we can live together in peace".

Since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the Labour party has been beset with antisemitism scandals.

The head of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) slammed Abbas and said, "All forms of anti-Semitism, including Holocaust denial and relativization [sic], are unacceptable". 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.

The EU joined USA and Israeli officers in condemning the feedback on Wednesday.

Ashrawi called upon the global community for a response to Israel's passage of the draft: "In light of the serious escalation of Israeli efforts to superimpose all of the "Greater Israel" on all of historic Palestine, it is incumbent upon all members of the worldwide community to intervene immediately, not just to prevent further deterioration, but to also undo the damage and rectify the situation as soon as possible".

Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, apologised Friday over alleged anti-Semitic comments that drew global condemnation.

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