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Abbas’s true colors are more evident than ever

The Palestinian leader’s latest statements show he is still a bigot and a Holocaust denier.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at P.A. headquarters in Ramallah, May 5, 2020. Credit: Flash90.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at P.A. headquarters in Ramallah, May 5, 2020. Credit: Flash90.
Joseph Frager
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.

With the expanding fireball of antisemitism glowing brighter each passing day, Israel’s purported peace partner, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, just poured kerosene on the blaze.

Abbas, who was arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat’s second in command and the “brains” behind the PLO’s wave of terror from the 1960s on, just came up with the most outrageous and antisemitic statement of this latest round of Jew-bashing and hatred.

He said that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis for their “social role,” not because they were Jewish. He made this odious statement at a Fatah Revolutionary Council meeting, but it was aired by multiple Arabic-language media outlets.

“They say that Hitler killed the Jews for being Jews and that Europe hated the Jews because they were mere Jews,” Abbas said. “No. It was clearly explained that they fought them because of their social role and not their religion.”

Abbas has long been a Holocaust denier. He wrote his doctoral thesis and then a book claiming that only 100,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Clearly, he still believes his defamatory lies.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan said in response to Abbas’s perverted falsehoods, “This is the true face of Palestinian ‘leadership.’ It is no wonder that mere hours ago a Palestinian teenager terrorist hacked innocent Israelis with a meat cleaver in Jerusalem. While he spreads this pure antisemitism, [Abbas] also pays Palestinian terrorists for murdering Israelis and publicly commends Palestinian terrorism.”

Organizations across the spectrum condemned Abbas for his Holocaust revisionism and blatant antisemitism. Abbas answered their calls for an apology and correction with more Holocaust revisionism and more antisemitism. He tweeted, “Hitler fought the European Jews because of their usury, money dealings. It was not about antisemitism. Jews from Arab countries did not want to emigrate but were forced to do so by Israel.”

For the record, Jews were forcibly evicted from Arab countries without a penny of compensation for their homes, belongings and assets. They were all confiscated by their respective countries.

The Oslo Accords, which I fought with every ounce of my being, have been a disaster from day one. Thousands of Israelis have been murdered and maimed since the Accords were signed on Sept. 13, 1993.

Abbas is not only part of the problem; he is the problem. Israel will never achieve peace with such a criminal and antisemite. Thus, a two-state solution would make the situation even worse. It would create the terror state Abbas and Arafat always sought. Abbas would be able to spread his lies, libels and slanders with impunity.

Both Israel and the U.S. should cease sending funds to Abbas and the P.A. He is a recalcitrant terrorist who is setting civilization back hundreds of years. His appalling statements reflect his true beliefs and goals. I hope the world finally sees Abbas for what he truly is.

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