Palestine: Statement by the Spokesperson on President’s Abbas remarks on Jews and anti-Semitism

September 7, 2023
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The speech delivered by President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to Fatah’s 11th Revolutionary Council in late August contained false and grossly misleading remarks about Jews and anti-Semitism.

Such historical distortions are inflammatory, deeply offensive, can only serve to exacerbate tensions in the region and serve no-one’s interests. They play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated for.

Moreover, they trivialize Holocaust and thereby fuel anti-Semitism and are an insult to the millions of victims of the Holocaust and their families.

The European Union remains committed to combating antisemitism and racism in all its forms and will continue to strongly oppose any attempt to condone, justify or trivialise the Holocaust.

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