The Palestinian community of Germany has condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid his anti-Semitic statements about the Holocaust, in which he accused the Jews that they refused to leave the occupied Nazi Europe and moved to mandatory Palestine.
Abbas backed his story with three points made by Jewish writers and historians, starting with the theory that Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of the ancient Israelite, and that European Jews therefore had "no historical ties" to the Land of Israel. He also asserted that Israel was created to safeguard European interests as "a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism".
"Abbas' speech in Ramallah are the words of a classic anti-Semite", said Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper of the USA -based Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, also criticized Abbas's remarks. They say 'it is because we are Jews, ' " Abbas told hundreds of delegates in Ramallah. "With utmost ignorance and brazen gall, he claimed that European Jews were persecuted and murdered not because they were Jews but because they gave loans with interest", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted in response.
Netanyahu added on Twitter today: 'It would appear that, once a Holocaust denier, always a Holocaust denier. "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". The United States' ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, condemned Abbas' statements, calling them a "new low".
"Someone who continually claims that the Jewish State is a colonialist enterprise, spreads hatred and works to prevent peace in the Middle East can certainly not be a partner for peace, but instead a force that makes it more unattainable", she said.
The rhetoric reflects the escalating tensions between the Palestinians and U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.
At the time, Friedman, who is Jewish, said "his response was to refer to me as son of a dog". Friedman suggested the remark was anti-Semitic.
In Wednesday's editorial titled "Let Abbas's vile words be his last as Palestinian leader", the paper calls his remarks "a new low", even for a leader who has shown "anti-Semitic tendencies" in the past.
But Jewish leaders and others echoed Netanyahu's criticism.
"National leadership driven by such an ideology is unacceptable, and the shockingly anti-Semitic statements expressed repeatedly by the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority can not and should not be tolerated", the statement read.