Anyone who keeps up with Middle East politics cannot help but know that Mahmoud Abbas is an antisemite. He usually manages to keep his bias hidden within his fancy suit, but he was always a Jew-hater and he still is a Jew-hater. Three years ago he condemned Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, accusing Jews of “defiling it with their filthy feet“.
Just over a year ago, speaking at the Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, he accused the Jews (not Israel) of faking history and lying. I guess it takes one to know one. Israellycool provides the video:
In January of this year President Rivlin slammed Abbas for his antisemitism and Holocaust denial:
On Sunday, Abbas said that Israel had killed the Oslo Accords, called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan “a slap in the face” and said that Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism.
Of course Mahmoud Abbas’ expertise is Holocaust Denial. That is the subject of his PhD thesis:
In the book, Abbas argues that the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust had been exaggerated and that Zionists created “the myth” of six million murdered Jews, which he called a “fantastic lie”. He further claimed that those Jews which were killed by the Nazis were actually the victims of a Zionist-Nazi plot aimed to fuel vengeance against Jews and to expand their mass extermination.
So it should come as absolutely no surprise that Mahmoud Abbas let off an antisemitic stink-bomb in his tirade at the Palestine National Council meeting in Ramallah (via Israellycool):
Israellycool quotes from his rant:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said that the Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but by the “social behavior” of the Jews, including money-lending.
He went on to claim that the Holocaust was not the result of anti-Semitism but rather of the Jews “social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters.”
“Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” he said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.
However, on Monday, Abbas claimed that Adolf Hitler, whose Nazi regime was response for the murder of 6,000,000 Jews in the Holocaust, facilitated the immigration of Jews to Israel by reaching a deal with the Anglo-Palestine Bank (today Bank Leumi) under which Jews who moved to the British Mandate of Palestine could transfer all their assets there through the bank.
It was not only Jews and Israelis who were furious with Abbas.
The Palestinians went into “damage control”, making the situation worse if that is possible:
Reactions from the West, besides the US, were infuriatingly slow:
Beyond the outrage generated by Abbas’ antisemitic outburst, the anti-Jewish conspiracy theories expressed therein tie in neatly (if that is the correct expression) with the antisemitism scandal engulfing the Labour Party. What could be the connection you might ask?
The Labour Party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry was present at the speech – and in her remarks afterwards made no mention of the overt Jew-hatred she had heard. Only later did she add a statement of condemnation:
Emily Thornberry attended the Mahmoud Abbas speech which made global headlines this week for its anti-Semitic content, Guido can reveal. Thornberry was representing Labour at the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting in Ramallah. The Shadow Foreign Secretary confirmed her attendance in a Facebook post published after Abbas’ speech. Her statement did not reference Abbas’ anti-Semitic comments…
Rather than reference the remarks or condemn Abbas in her initial statement, Thornberry instead said:
“While we of course want to see the resumption of meaningful peace talks, I said President Abbas had been quite right to argue that the Trump administration cannot act as a mediator for peace when they themselves are sowing the seeds of discord, and making a negotiated peace ever harder to achieve...”
Now Thornberry has put out another statement:
“It is deeply regrettable that, during a lengthy speech whose main and successful purpose was to urge the Palestinian National Council to remain committed to the Middle East peace process and the objective of a two-state solution, President Abbas made these anti-Semitic remarks about the history of the Jewish community in Europe which were not just grossly offensive, but utterly ignorant. His comments were out of keeping with the tone of the Council as a whole, and of my discussions with other delegates, and I hope President Abbas will immediately apologise for them, so that the message to come out of this important Council meeting can remain positive and progressive, and focused on re-establishing peaceful and constructive dialogue.”
Emily Thornberry, in her obtuse way of not seeing the antisemitism right in front of her, is emblematic of all that plagues Labour. And if she did see the antisemitism and deliberately chose not to comment on it, that makes her offense even worse.
Labour and Mahmoud Abbas. A partnership made in hell.