Palestinian-German lobby has condemned anti-Semitic speech of Abbas

This requires the utmost responsibility in the public expressions of each of the parties.

"France recalls its strongest condemnation of anti-Semitism, in all its forms, as well as its determination to fight relentlessly against this scourge", the statement read.

The German-Palestinian Society, or DPG, in a statement Tuesday said it "dissociates itself clearly and unequivocally" from the remarks by Abbas. There can be no peace with holocaust denying anti-Semites. "UNESCO promotes Holocaust education against falsifications of history and combats anti-Semitism through education". "To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again". Israel has slammed the organization for passing resolutions seen as political, downplaying Jewish connection to Jerusalem and referring to contested sites as "Palestinian heritage sites".

Trump administration officials also condemned the remarks as harmful to peace efforts, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas was and remains a Holocaust denier. The Times called it a "vile" address and "a new low".

While trying to present a moderate face for years, recent developments show that the Palestinian president has become a hostile and outwardly racist leader that continues to alienate the Palestinian people.

Joining the European Union, the United Kingdom and France on Thursday denounced a speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, which included anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 1, 2018. "I call upon the global community to condemn the grave antisemitism of Abu Mazen [Abbas's nickname], which should have long since passed from this world".

He also claimed that Ashkenazi Jews were not descended from the ancient indigenous population of the Land of Israel, repeating the myth that their origins were in the medieval kingdom of the Khazars. "The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region".

In those apparently unscripted remarks, Abbas said that recently "a number of rabbis in Israel made a clear declaration and asked their government to poison water to kill the Palestinians". "But why did this happen? They say "it is because we are Jews", he told the hundreds of delegates. "And those are Ashkenazi Jews, which means they are not Semitic and have no relation to Semitism and have nothing to do with the prophets Abraham or Jacob". "Why wasn't there ever one incident against Jews because they're Jews?" he asked. "I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations".

"His own argument is itself fundamentally anti-Semitic, insofar as it incorporates a centuries-old anti-Semitic narrative that equates Jews with monetary greed", the statement added.

"He stated that the Holocaust was not a result of anti-Semitism, but the fault of Jewish "social behavior", and "[charging] interest and financial matters", and asserted that Adolf Hitler had actually facilitated the immigration of Jews to Israel.

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