"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". But why did this happen? "They say "it is because we are Jews", he told the hundreds of delegates. "The hatred towards the Jews is not because of their religion but because of their social roles related to taxes and banks".
These anti-Semitic comments are reminiscent of his Holocaust denying doctoral thesis, which grossly underestimates the number of Jews killed in the genocide and focuses on an unsubstantiated relationship between Zionists and Nazis.
Friedman and Abbas have sparred before.
The European Union called the remarks "unacceptable". "With diatribes like this, President Abbas only undermines the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian people, and distracts from the need for global action to help alleviate the crisis in Gaza and advance the two-state solution".
Even basic acquaintance with Jewish history would teach Abbas not only that the Jews pursued, then and now, a wide variety of professions and occupations, but that the majority of them at that time were impoverished.
An the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East accused Abbas of repeating "contemptuous anti-Semitic slurs".
An editorial in The New York Times published Thursday described a speech given earlier this week by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's as "vile" and called on him to leave office.
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Earlier in April of 2018, North Korea agreed to end the nuclear missile tests ahead of a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un . Moon gave Trump credit in January. "To make peace demands a new approach, and President Trump has found one", McCarthy wrote .
Greenblatt said the comments were "very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening".
Abbas, the NY Times added, "shed all credibility as a trustworthy partner" for future peace talks.
"And from the Trump administration, it includes the reckless and irresponsible decision to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem, and the cruel cuts in funding for the United Nations agencies providing healthcare, education and humanitarian relief to Palestinian refugees", Thornberry wrote.
"President Abbas is a man of peace who has dedicated his entire political career to finding a just and lasting peace based on International Law, freedom, justice, equality and coexistence between Israel and Palestine".
"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.
France shares the emotions roused by these remarks by President Abbas.
Another allegation from the Middle Ages - that Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes - gave rise to the term "blood libel".