‘Disgusting’: American Jewish Committee blasts Abbas for comparing Israel to Nazis

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a UN event commemorating the Palestinian 'Nakba,' in New York, May 15, 2023. (Screenshot: UN; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a UN event commemorating the Palestinian 'Nakba,' in New York, May 15, 2023. (Screenshot: UN; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

The American Jewish Committee lashes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in a speech yesterday to the United Nations, calling the comments “disgusting remarks.”

Abbas said at the UN General Assembly’s first official “Nakba Day” event that Israel lies like Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Nazi propagandist.

“These baseless claims are a distortion of history and an affront to the memory of Holocaust victims,” the AJC says in a statement.

“President Abbas has a long history of distorting the Holocaust for his own political gain. His own Ph.D. dissertation denied the Holocaust and claimed Zionist collaboration with Nazis. It is not surprising that he would spout the same drivel at the UN.”

“The comparison made by President Abbas to Joseph Goebbels, a key figure in Nazi propaganda, is abhorrent. It is crucial to reject such false analogies that trivialize the suffering of Holocaust victims,” the statement says.

“The malicious rhetoric of Abbas underscores the urgency of combating Holocaust denial and distortion.”

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