Palestine’s President Censured Over Jews Comment


President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine has been criticised over his comment on what led to the persecution of Jews during the holocaust. Abbas reportedly said Jews’ role in bank lending and not their religion led to their plight, in which at least six million Jews were killed. Abbas had said in a statement on Monday that “hostility against Jews is not because of their religion, but rather their social function.” Jews were massacred in Europe because of their “social function related to interest and banks.”

However, Naftali Bennett, Isreali Education Minister, reacted by saying that, “Abbas’s body is drenched with Anti-Semitism from head to toe.”
“He fills the minds of the next generation with the poison of Anti-Semitism,’’ the minister added. Bennett’s comments joined a chorus of backlash from the Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, who said that Abbas has “reached a new low.’’

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