Israel, US Condemn Palestinian President Over 'Anti-Semitic' Comments

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Bennett's comments joined a chorus of backlash from the Anti-Defamation League and the USA ambassador to Israel, who said that Abbas has "reached a new low".

Abbas, 82, made his remarks in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a rare meeting of the Palestinian National Council, the de facto parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which Abbas heads.

"On live TV, [Abbas] made remarks that can't be described as other than anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying, blaming the Jews for their Holocaust and extermination, while using stereotypes and blames taken from the lexicon of classic anti-Semitism", it said in a statement.

The remarks were met with harsh criticism by the Trump administration, with Donald Trump's special envoy for worldwide negotiations Jason Greenblatt describing the rant as "very distressing and terribly disheartening" and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman saying that it is not Israel that is seeking conflict in the Middle East.

Israeli politicians reacted strongly as well.

Jewish groups also condemned the comments Abbas made in a speech on Monday to the Palestinian National Council, that Jews had suffered historically not due to their religion, but because they had been bankers and money lenders.

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David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, said Abbas had reached a "new low", while President Donald Trump's envoy Jason Greenblatt said "peace can not be built on this kind of foundation".

Citing books written by various authors, Abbas argued: "They say hatred against Jews was not because of their religion, it was because of their social profession".

Hitler hosts Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941 in Germany. "Rather than expose Palestinians to accurate information about the Holocaust and the anti-Semitic persecution Jews faced for centuries in Europe, Abbas distorts the history to advance an agenda that lies about the Holocaust and Jews' connection to Israel". Abbas called today for Palestinians to keep their children from protests along the border between Israel and Gaza, warning of a "handicapped" generation. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.

Abbas also reiterated his preemptive rejection of the peace plan that the Trump administration is working on, amid an ongoing and deep rift with the US.

The row comes as relations between the U.S. and the Palestinian leadership have broken down over the controversial American plan to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We will not accept this deal, and we will not accept the United States as the sole broker" of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

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