Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Denounces Holocaust
Mixed Reactions in Israel to Statement, Released Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day
by Nicholas Casey, WSJ, Apr. 27, 2014
“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday denounced the Holocaust as the “most heinous” modern crime, in a message that provoked mixed reactions in Israel and marked one of the strongest such statements yet made by an Arab leader.
Mr. Abbas, in a statement released by his office ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, said he sympathized with Holocaust victims and their families and said the Palestinians rejected the misdeeds as well. He said: “The world must do its utmost to fight racism and injustice in order to bring justice and equality to oppressed people wherever they are.”
He also used the moment to compare Palestinians to Holocaust victims, saying the two suffered from “injustice, oppression and [were] denied freedom and peace.” Mr. Abbas called on Israel to pursue a peace deal and allow Palestinians to have an independent state.
The statement was released in English and Arabic by his government’s news service as part of Mr. Abbas’s meeting with Marc Schneier, an American rabbi…..
…Some Israeli politicians point to a postgraduate thesis he wrote in the 1980s as anti-Semitic. In the thesis, which was later published as a book, Mr. Abbas argued that Zionists worked with Nazi Germany before the Holocaust began. Mr. Abbas later took back his claims.”