By Ziva Dahl, Originally published in Independent Journal Review
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently spoke to the European Parliament in Brussels, departed from his prepared text to take his public disdain for Jews to a new level.
Abbas began his speech:
“Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel…[demanded] that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians. Isn’t that clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people?”
Even the New York Times characterized Abbas’ comment as “echoing anti-Semitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times.” The progressive lobbying group J Street, widely regarded as the Palestinian Authority mouthpiece on Capitol Hill, took to twitter to condemn Abbas’ “hoax story about rabbis poisoning Palestinians’ water.”
Here is the so-called “moderate peace partner” offering up a 21st century version of the 14th century libel in which European Jews were accused of poisoning wells to spread the Black Plague. That water libel led to the massacre of many thousands, including the complete destruction of numerous Jewish communities.