ADL Condemns Abbas Speech Claiming Jewish "Social Behavior" Caused the Holocaust

New York, NY, May 1, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the anti-Semitic assertions of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made in a speech to the Palestinian National Council.  In his remarks, President Abbas denied the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel and blamed Jews themselves for the Holocaust through “social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters.”

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

Laden with ahistorical and pseudo-academic assertions, the Palestinian President’s latest diatribe reflects once again the depth and persistency of the anti-Semitic attitudes he harbors. 

With public speeches like these, it is not surprising that under Abbas’ leadership, the Palestinian Authority has failed to renounce and combat Palestinian anti-Semitic incitement, including narratives that Jews are to blame for the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic persecution, and which deny or diminish the millennial Jewish presence in and connection to the Land of Israel.

ADL’s past polling on anti-Semitic attitudes in the West Bank and Gaza has found that about 93 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza harbors deep seated anti-Semitic attitudes, the highest level measured in any society in the world.

ADL had previously condemned Abbas’ anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements in a January speech before the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Central Council.  

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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