European Jewish Congress calls Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to European Parliament “incendiary, a reminder why we have found no lasting peace”

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has called on European leaders to condemn the speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he claimed that Israeli rabbis called to poison Palestinian water and that global terrorism will end if the Israel-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

“It is unconscionable that a foreign leader proudly states a blood libel in the European Parliament and he receives a standing ovation,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said, referring to the unsubstantiated comment about Israel rabbis which was a hoax spread across Arab media. “If a far-Right politician would have made similar comments they would have been correctly discredited, but Abbas is feted like a hero and this double-standard allows him to evade scrutiny in the international arena and the negotiations table.”

“Furthermore, his avoidance of an EU-backed meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin demonstrates once again that he remains one of the greatest obstacles between a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Both Rivlin and Abbas were in Brussels together and European leaders had tried to broker a meeting between the two, which Abbas refused to attend.

“Additionally, Abbas’ blaming Israel for global terrorism sets off dog whistles for anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists around the world,” Kantor said. “In one short speech, Abbas reminded the world that he has no interest in peace, continues to incite against Jews and Israel and uses the understandable fear of terrorism to rail against Israel and score political points.”

“The only question that remains is about the reaction of the international community to such a malicious and malevolent speech.”


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