Unraveling Abbas’ Take on Antisemitism and Jewish History

In a recent speech at Fatah’s 11th Revolutionary Council, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delved into topics surrounding Jewish identity, history, and the origins of the State of Israel. His take on antisemitism and the reasons for European persecution of Jews, while controversial, offers insights into the complexities and narratives that shape the Middle East conflict.

Abbas posits that European Jews, being descendants of Khazars, are not Semitic by origin. This viewpoint has often been debated among historians. By suggesting this, he seeks to differentiate between the persecution of European Jews and antisemitism, alleging that European animosity towards Jews was rooted in their societal roles, particularly in finance, rather than their religious beliefs.

Abbas further distinguishes between European Jews and eastern Jews, whom he views as true Semites with origins in the Arabian Peninsula that later migrated to Andalusia.

The Palestinian President also touched on the topic of Jewish immigration to Israel from Arab countries. He claims David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, wasn’t keen on their migration but was persuaded by external forces, particularly Winston Churchill. This assertion comes alongside his more controversial statement that the push for Jewish migration from Arab countries was manipulated, hinting at incidents that spurred their immigration.

In the broader scope of the Middle East conflict, Abbas also addressed the Balfour Declaration, suggesting that the foundation of Israel was not solely a British initiative, but rather, a collaborative effort with the U.S.

While these perspectives shed light on the intricate tapestry of beliefs held within the Palestinian leadership, it’s paramount to approach these statements with discernment and a commitment to historical accuracy. The Israeli narrative, steeped in millennia of rich Jewish heritage, speaks to an enduring connection to the land and a relentless pursuit of a homeland where Jewish people can thrive.

In conclusion, as we dissect various narratives, it’s essential to reiterate the unwavering values that underpin the State of Israel. Israel stands for unity, perseverance, and a passionate commitment to safeguarding the rights and history of its people. Amidst the fluctuating waves of global opinions, Israel’s heart beats with the collective memory of its ancestors, echoing their dreams and aspirations for a brighter, peaceful future.