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Abbas Cites Anti-Semitic Hoax in Appeal to EU

Palestinian head Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Isranet)

In yesterday's Daily Dispatch, we mentioned that Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin while in Europe. The Times of Israel's Tamar Pileggi reports that Abbas did not refuse a chance to spread anti-Semitic lies while speaking to Europe's parliament:

In an appeal to the European Union on reaching a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said an end to Israeli presence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would eradicate terrorism across the globe.

Speaking to European Parliament lawmakers, Abbas also underscored Ramallah’s support for a two-state solution as outlined in the current French peace plan and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, and pleaded with EU lawmakers to save Palestinians from Israeli “provocations,” including what he said were calls by rabbis to poison Palestinians’ water — repeating a hoax story.

“We are against terrorism, in whatever form it may take, and whoever carries it out,” Abbas told members of the European Parliament to a resounding applause.

“Once the occupation ends, terrorism will disappear, there will be no more terrorism in the Middle East, or anywhere else in the world,” he said...

“The Israelis are doing this as well… certain rabbis in Israel have said very clearly to their government that our water should be poisoned in order to have Palestinians killed,” he said, repeating an anti-Semitic canard.

A story reported in the Turkish press earlier in June claimed a rabbi had made such a call, leading to denunciations by the Palestine Liberation Organization, though the story was quickly debunked...

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