Abbas’ Holocaust Message Slammed by Netanyahu as PR Move

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jerusalem, Sept. 15, 2010. Photo by AP
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jerusalem, Sept. 15, 2010. Photo by AP

Palestinian President says Holocaust ‘most heinous crime against humanity in history’; Netanyahu: He made deal with Hamas, which wants to destroy Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday after Abbas released a special message condemning the Holocaust as one of the most “heinous” crimes against humanity in modern history.

“Rather than releasing declarations aimed at soothing international public opinion, he must choose between Hamas and true peace,” Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Abbas, Netanyahu said, has “made a covenant” with the Hamas movement, which “denies the Holocaust and is attempting to create another Holocaust by destroying the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said, adding that he “hope[s] [Abbas] will escape this covenant and return to the path of real peace.”

In Abbas’ statement, published on the website of the official Palestinian news agency WAFA in both Arabic and English, he offered his sympathy to the “families of the victims and the innocent people who were killed by the Nazis including the Jews and others.”

This is the first time a Palestinian president has ever made such a public declaration.

The Holocaust, Abbas said, represents the “concept of ethnic discrimination and racism which the Palestinians strongly reject and act against.”

Abbas also called on the international community to do whatever it can to combat racism and injustice in order “to bring justice and equity to the oppressed people wherever they are.”

“The Palestinian people are suffering from injustice, oppression and denied freedom and peace, we are the first to demand to lift the injustice and racism that befell on people subjected to such crimes,” Abbas said.

“On this occasion, we call on the Israeli government to seize this current opportunity to conclude a just and comprehensive peace in the region, based on the two-states vision – Israel and Palestine [living] side by side in peace and security,” he said.

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SOURCE: Haaretz
Barak Ravid

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