USA vil ta president Mahmoud Abbas’ (82) antisemittiske uttalelser opp i Sikkerhetsrådet. Abbas forsøkte fredag å be om unnskyldning. Hans pressetalsmann Saed Erekat la skylden på israelerne og sa det var de som hadde forvrengt innholdet.
Prior to his apology Friday, his senior aide Saeb Erekat sought to claim his words had been distorted by Israel.
Nikki Haley har forfattet fordømmelsen som må svi for palestinerne.
The proposed statement would express the council’s “serious concern” about Abbas’ remarks, which “included vile anti-Semitic slurs and baseless conspiracy theories, and do not serve the interests of the Palestinian people or peace in the Middle East.”
De antisemittiske utfallene var ikke med i det engelske referatet av talen. Men talen gikk live på radio, så det var mange som hørte den. Flere hundre medlemmer av Nasjonalrådet hørte Abbas si at jødene ikke hadde noen historiske røtter i Palestina.
Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson,” as he sought to prove the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.
He said, “Their narrative about coming to this country because of their longing for Zion, or whatever — we’re tired of hearing this. The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region.”
“Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” Abbas said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.
“From the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany, those Jews — who moved to Western and Eastern Europe — were subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But why did this happen? They say ‘it is because we are Jews.’”
The “proof” that it was not because they were Jews, he asserted, “is that there were Jews in Arab countries. Why wasn’t there ever one incident against Jews because they’re Jews?” he asked. “Not even once. Do you think I’m exaggerating? I challenge you [to find] even one indecent act against Jews in over 1,400 years — because they were Jews in Arab lands.”
Ikke nok med at Abbas la skylden på jødene for at de ble forfulgt, han påsto også at det ikke var pogromer i den arabiske verden. Det er selvsagt tøv.
Talen var så over the top at Abbas fikk på pukkelen, ikke bare fra jødiske og amerikanske organisasjoner, men også av sine «venner» som EU og FN.
The New York Times called for Abbas’s resignation in an editorial Wednesday.
The United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday accused Abbas of repeating “contemptuous anti-Semitic slurs.”
PR-messig var talen en katastrofe. På toppen av det hele ble Abbas gjenvalgt, selv om han har sittet mange år på overtid.