Abbas recalls envoy to Chile for anti-Semitic remark

After ambassador cites infamous anti-Semitic tract in speech, PA leader says comments ‘contradict official position’

Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Chile Imad Nabil Ghadaa quotes anti-Semitic 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' text in a speech on May 15, 2015. (Screen capture)
Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Chile Imad Nabil Ghadaa quotes anti-Semitic 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' text in a speech on May 15, 2015. (Screen capture)

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Chile over a speech in which the diplomat cited from a notorious anti-Semitic text.

In a video of the speech, which was delivered in May, Imad Nabil Jadaa can be seen quoting from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and claiming that the creation of the State of Israel was a pretext to protect Jewish plans for “world domination.”

Jadaa also told the Conference for Peace in Palestine and Israel, held in Santiago, Chile, on May 15, that there is “no Jewish People” and that Palestinians don’t recognize the existence of such a people. An English translation of his comments was only recently made public.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that Jadaa’s statements were in “contradiction to the official Palestinian position.”

The PA’s Foreign Ministry in the West Bank said Thursday that Jadaa would have to “clarify” the remarks he made at the conference.

Jadaa had said the goal of Zionism was “to protect their plans of dominating life in the entire planet.”

“According to the book ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ published in 1923 and discovered by Lenin after the triumph of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia was over — in that book they mention the destruction of the moralities of other religions,” he continued. “In that book they put plans of the manipulation of all the financial, economic and industrial apparatus of the entire world. They discuss the manipulation of local political forces from all different countries.”

The Beirut-born Jadaa represents the Palestinian Authority in a country that has often been at odds with Israel over the Palestinian issue, even recalling its ambassador to Israel during last summer’s war with Hamas in Gaza.

An English translation of Jadaa’s comments, which were delivered in Spanish, was made public last week by the New York-based Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP).

In his speech, Jadaa also argued that Jews do not constitute a distinct people.

“About the hatred we have against the Jewish people, as Palestinians: First, we don’t have hatred; second, we don’t recognize the existence of the Jewish people — there is no Jewish people,” Jadaa said.

“This is not my personal analysis. Here we can refer to the Jewish Israeli professor from the University of Tel Aviv, Dr. Shlomo Sand, in his book ‘The Invention of the Jewish people.’ A Jew with an Israeli passport announces that the so-called Jewish nation is a made-up invention. Because a religion cannot be a people.”

Some of Jadaa’s comments reflect widespread opinion in the Middle East, echoing the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders, Iranian leaders and others. Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish nation state was a key Israeli demand in last year’s failed US-brokered peace talks, and is still sought by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It is rare for a Palestinian ambassador to be summoned over remarks aimed against Jews.

Jadaa has served as ambassador to the South American country since March 2014.

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