U.S. Officials and Jewish Groups Denounce Abbas' Anti-Semitic Statements

(Ha'aretz) Amir Tibon - Jewish-American groups from across the political spectrum denounced Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah on Monday. Abbas claimed that former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was Jewish, and that pogroms against Jews in Europe were not the result of anti-Semitism but rather due to their social role and financial matters. "Mahmoud Abbas' speech yesterday, yet again, included vile anti-Semitic statements, which are completely unacceptable and are inconsistent with efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace," said Ori Nir, spokesman for Americans for Peace Now. Dan Shapiro, a U.S. ambassador to Israel under the Obama administration, tweeted: "It's over for Mahmoud Abbas. What a disgusting note to go out on."

2018-05-02 00:00:00

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