Abbas telles EU that rabbis called to poison Palestinian water

June 24, 2016 Agencies
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder is “greatly disturbed” by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks in the European Parliament alleging that certain Israeli rabbis had called to poison Palestinian water.

Ronald S. Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder

He said that such remarks severely hinder critical efforts to relaunch the peace process.

Abbas received a standing ovation for his address and European Parliament President Martin Schulz called the speech “inspiring” in a Twitter post released immediately after. Abbas’ remarks did not appear in the official transcript of the speech released by the Palestinian Authority.

“It greatly disturbs me that the Palestinian president, who claims to be willing to engage in peace talks with the Israelis and pledges commitment to a two-state solution, would utter such offensive and inciting remarks in the halls of the European parliament,” Lauder said. “It disturbs me no less to learn that members of the European parliament not only stayed and listened to his remarks, but even stood in roaring applause afterward.”

“As Israeli leaders so rightfully said in response to Abbas’ vicious remarks, these accusations are nothing short of the blood libels that have spread for centuries against the Jewish people.

“I truly believe that a two-state solution is the only way to ensure the future of a secure Jewish state, but I am growing more concerned each day that the State of Israel has no partner in this endeavor. How can we be surprised when Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinians cheer as Israelis are murdered in cold blood in Tel Aviv, when their leader takes the diplomatic stage in Europe to spread lie after libelous lie against the Jewish people?

“I strongly urge Abbas to retract his remarks and apologize for the incitement he is feeding both to his constituents in the Palestinian Authority and to the members of the international community privy to this address,” said Lauder.

Whilst in Brussels, President Abbas refused to meet with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented: “In Brussels Abu Mazen showed his true face. Someone who refuses to meet President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu for direct negotiations and spreads a blood libel in the European Parliament falsely claims that his hand is extended in peace.

Israel awaits the day when Abu Mazen stops spreading lies and dealing in incitement. Until then, Israel will continue to defend itself against Palestinian incitement, which motivates acts of terrorism.”

President Rivlin told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini in Brussels: “I find it strange that President Mahmoud Abbas has refused again and again to meet with Israeli leaders. We will not be able to build trust between us if we don’t begin to speak directly.”

“My European friends, our allies, respect Israeli sovereignty, and above all our duty to protect our people.”

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