July 31, 2013
Officials from the Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced comments by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made to journalists in Cairo in which he said, "In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands."
“Abbas’ vision of peace in the Holy Land is duplicitous and repugnant and only serves to undermine Secretary of State Kerry’s peace initiative,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s associate dean. “The bitter irony is that Abbas has made a career out of rejecting Israel as a Jewish State, yet has the audacity to claim for himself that the future Palestinian state will be cleansed of Jews,” they continued.
“Abbas and his supporters continue to libel Israel as a racist and apartheid state—despite the fact that nearly 20% of Israeli citizens are Christians and Muslims. Now as renewed peace talks struggle to gain traction, he has signaled Israelis that the neighbor who will be sharing the Holy Land plans to exclude all Jews from its domain,” Rabbi Hier and Rabbi Cooper concluded.
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