Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'Deeply concerned': Julie Bishop condemns Abbas' Holocaust comments

'Deeply concerned': Julie Bishop condemns Abbas' Holocaust comments

While Holocaust deniers say the agreement showed collaboration between the Nazis and Zionist leaders, Holocaust historians like Deborah Lipstadt and Rainer Schulze say it was a narrow, cynical agreement on the Nazis' part, agreed upon by a Zionist group in an attempt to save as many Jews as possible. However, his own argument is itself fundamentally anti-Semitic, insofar as it incorporates a centuries-old anti-Semitic narrative that equates Jews with monetary greed.

"Our problem is not with Judaism, but with the systematic denial of our rights committed by Israel", said Saab Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Even with this abysmal record, the Times called Abbas' Holocaust remarks "a new low".

According to news reports, the Palestinian leader suggested that the mass murder of European Jews during the Holocaust had been connected to their financial practices.

A spokesman for pro-Israel think-tank BICOM said she had not mentioned Abbas's anti-Semitic statements "despite posting a lengthy statement on Facebook about her experiences".

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council demanding condemnation of Abbas' remarks and accusing the Palestinian president of trying to rewrite history with conspiracy theories.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) speaks during a meeting with members of the Central Committee in the PA capital city of Ramallah on January 14, 2018. "This is Holocaust glorification, exonerating the perpetrators and condemning the innocent Jewish martyrs". Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the ADL, said, "Laden with ahistorical and pseudo-academic assertions, the Palestinian president's latest diatribe reflects once again the depth and persistency of the antisemitic attitudes he harbors". "There can be no more excuses or obfuscations for such blasphemous lies. Peace can not be built on this kind of foundation".

PALESTINIAN Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Holocaust wasn't caused by anti-Semitism but by Jews' "social behaviour", such as moneylending.

Abbas has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, including in 2016 following a speech to the European Parliament. "We deplore them and consider them false, unfortunate and inappropriate".

The speech has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. "It does, however, elevate hatred to a new level".

Abbas's comments came at the opening of the Palestinian National Congress, when he said Jews had been killed throughout history due to their "social function" in areas such as banking.

Abbas's election comes after he incurred worldwide condemnation for remarks he made in a speech linking the role of Jews in the banking sector to the Holocaust.

"Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated".

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