Who is the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas?
We need to take a serious look into the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ past to see with whom UN, EU, Western Nations, and America, are asking Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate a peace deal.
Mahmoud Abbas was born March 26th 1935 in Sefed Palestine, under the British Mandate (now northern Israel). At 13 years old, in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli War of independence. Reba Abbas, Mahmoud’s father, along with many other Arab families, totaling about 10 to 12 thousand Arabs, were convinced by their Arab leadership, that their families would be killed by the Israeli Army, in revenge of the Arab Massacre of Jews in 1929. Overcome with fear they evacuated Sefed, Reba Abbas took his family to Syria. When the Arab families were convinced to leave Sefed, it was with the expectation that the Arab armies would quickly defeat the newly formed Israeli Government forces and be able to return to claim the land.
Mahmoud Abbas pursued his education in Damascus Syria, receiving his law degree and went on to Moscow where he earned the equivalent to a doctoral degree in history in 1982. His doctoral thesis is worth mentioning here, “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship between Nazism and Zionism.” In 1984, he wrote a book in Arabic based on his thesis titled: “The Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement” Abbas argued, that the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust had been exaggerated and that the Zionists created the ‘myth’ of six million murdered Jews, which he called a “fantastic lie.”
In 1972, the world was witness to the Munich Massacre, the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic Athletes. Abu Daoud, wrote in his 1999 Memoirs, he was the mastermind, planner, and architect of the 1972 massacre. I mention this here because, Abu Daoud alleged: “the Fatah Party officials who were responsible for financing the Munich Massacre were Abu Iyad and Mahmoud Abbas.” On July 3rd 2010, after Abu Daoud’s death, Abbas wrote a condolence letter to Daouds’ family, “He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for the people’s just causes… He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution. What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter.”
September 2015, is an interesting month for us to examine. There is a marked difference between President Abbas’ speech given in Arabic to the Palestinian People and a speech given later in the month to the UN General Assembly in English. After three days of clashes between the Palestinian rioters and the Israeli Police on the Temple Mount, the words President Abbas spoke, to a Palestinian audience in Arabic, (translated to English), were, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours… They (Jews) have no right to desecrate the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t allow them to do that” … “We will not forsake our country and we will keep every inch of our land. Every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem is pure, clean and pure blood spilled for Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will reach paradise, and every injured person will be rewarded by Allah.” On September 30th 2015, Palestinian Authority, (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN General Assembly. He stated that the PA would no longer be bound by the agreements signed with Israel including the 1993 Oslo Accords. Further, President Abbas said, “We (Palestinians) do not respond to the Israeli occupation’s, hatred and brutality with the same, instead we are working on spreading the culture of peace and coexistence between our people and in our region. We are anxious to witness the day when ‘all of the people in our region’ will enjoy peace, security, stability and prosperity.”
On October 1st, 2015, one day after President Abbas’s UN speech, an Israeli couple were murdered in front of their four children by a Palestinian Arab terrorist, and President Abbas did not comment on the murder. He in fact, remained silent.
Although Mahmoud Abbas has a history of conveniently twisting his facts, there was a particularly disturbing allegation he made while addressing the European Union (EU), once again, revealing his true agenda in regards to the Jewish people. In his speech on June 23rd 2016 to the EU, Mahmoud Abbas charged, “Certain rabbis in Israel have said very clearly to their government that our (Palestinian) water should be poisoned in order to have Palestinians killed.” It was proven that the alleged statements by the rabbis were never made. Abbas did have to admit his statements were false, but at the very least for a leader to address the EU and not check his facts is irresponsible. However, in this situation, his outrageous statements are dangerous.
How long will this leader of the “Palestinian people” be allowed to go on twisting facts, lying, and promoting his agenda without being challenged? How long will we continue to hear the Palestinian narratives that attempts to change historic facts? They do not even hold up to the most basic scrutiny. Yet when repeated often enough, they build a base of those who begin to defend his outrageous statements, as though they are somehow true. How long will this leader, who incites his people to violence, inspires his people to kill Israelis, not be held accountable? Abbas relies on our bad memories, and our willingness to believe his version of history: but are we really that naïve? So, ask yourself who is Mahmoud Abbas and can you even begin to believe him?
Len Watts IPA News 04/10/2017
Contributing to this Article: Times of Israel, PMW, MEMRI, Wikipedia