January 18, 2020

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Abbas once admitted that there is a Jewish nation, against the official PLO position


In The Palestine Papers, the PLO officially argued against the existence of the Jewish people:

Recognizing the Jewish state implies recognition of a Jewish people and recognition of its right to self-determination. Those who assert this right also assert that the territory historically associated with this right of self-determination (i.e., the self-determination unit) is all of Historic Palestine. Therefore, recognition of the Jewish people and their right of self-determination may lend credence to the Jewish people’s claim to all of Historic Palestine.

Palestinians have made this lie into a major theme. For example, earlier this year the editor of Ma’an wrote, “The Jews are not a people and they are not a nation…..If we say that the Jews are a people, then there is no place for the Palestinian people on the land of Palestine.”

However. Mahmoud Abbas once admitted that the Jews were a nation – when talking to an Israeli newspaper and defending himself against his Holocaust-denying book written in 1984.

In 2003, in an interview with Akiva Eldar in Haaretz, Abbas said, “The Holocaust was a terrible, unforgivable crime against the Jewish nation, a crime against humanity that cannot be accepted by humankind. “

So is there a Jewish people and a Jewish nation, or not, according to Abbas?

Unfortunately, there are very few reporters willing to ask him about his contradictions and lies, of which there are many – including about the Holocaust itself, where he called the murder of six million Jews a “myth” and “a fantastic lie” before condemning it to Israeli reporters.

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