Kerry slams Palestinian leader for 'ugly' remarks about Jews

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During his 90-minute address Monday to a meeting of the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Abbas rewrote recent history when he said the Holocaust was the fault of the Jews due to their "social function which relates to usury and banking and such".

"The speech Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel's legitimacy", a spokesman for the EU's diplomatic service said in a statement.

Netanyahu called for worldwide condemnation of "antisemitism" by Abbas over remarks on Monday in which the Palestinian leader suggested historic persecution of Jews in Europe was caused by their conduct. "I call upon the global community to condemn the grave anti-Semitism of Abu Mazen (Abbas), which should have long since passed from this world".

"Leaders have an obligation to confront anti-Semitism everywhere and always, not perpetuate the conspiracy theories that fuel it", stressed Mr. Mladenov.

Abbas also claimed that Israel is a European colonial project, that European Jews have "no historical ties" to Israel, and that "those who sought a Jewish state weren't Jews".

Allegations of anti-Semitism against Abbas by key allies in Europe are rare.

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"Here's a man who started his career denying the Holocaust and now, at the latter stages of his career, seems to be engaging in rewriting the history of the Holocaust and classic anti-Semitism", Lipstadt said.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman slammed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas' anti-Semitic rant on Tuesday, implying that it shows that the Palestinians are the ones who do not want to make peace.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the comments, saying his country rejects "any form of Holocaust revisionism" and has "a duty to vigorously fight all forms of anti-Semitism".

Netanyahu's criticism was echoed by Jewish leaders around the world.

In Abbas' doctoral dissertation on the Holocaust - which was analyzed by Cohen in May 2016 issue of The Tower Magazine - the now-Palestinian premier wrote that "the number of Jewish victims is supposed to be six million". His family became refugees in 1948, fleeing across the border to Syria as violence intensified between Jews and Arabs, culminating in war between the newly created State of Israel and its Arab neighbours in May 1948.

Abbas also accused Israeli corruption investigators for thwarting the peace process under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who had offered a proposal for a near-total Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, and placing the Temple Mount under worldwide custodianship.

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