Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Mahmoud Abbas Anti-Semite of the Year

December 21, 2011 4:00 pm 5 comments

This year's number one anti-Semite Mahmoud Abbas.

As the year 2011 comes to a close, media outlets inundate their readers/listeners/viewers with top 10 lists galore. Whether it’s the top ten news stories, songs, movies, books, etc. this is the time of year for fans and critics to give their take on what was hot (and what was not) over the past 12 months.

TIME magazine gave their annual “Person of the Year” award to the “Protestor” in recognition of how demonstrations in cities around the world were effective in causing change on a wide variety of issues ranging from social welfare reforms to total government overhaul, which in some cases ended in the fall of long standing regimes (for better or worse).

In regard to Israel and the Middle East, one top-10 list for 2011 was relegated to the back pages of newspapers but should have made the front page in BIG BOLD LETTERS.

In their second annual list of the top-10 Anti-Semitic slurs featuring notable Jew-hating quotes by world leaders, religious heads, writers, fashion designers, and other trend setters. The Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center presented a very interesting choice for their #1 anti-Semite of the Year. And this year’s winner (drum roll please) is none other than Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, for comments he made in his speech at the UN’s General Assembly this past September.

Here is the winning quote:

“I come before you today from the Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and the birthplace of Jesus Christ peace be upon him, to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people…”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center justifies Abbas being awarded the top slot by stating:

“Speaking to the world, Abbas omitted any reference to the Jewish people’s connection to the Holy Land. No reference to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, nor King David, King Solomon, or Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel.”

Others listed on the list include The Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis winner of the International Music Council-UNESCO International Music Prize – who said that “Everything that happens today in the world has to do with the Zionists… American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece also”-  as well as U.S. Rev. Jeremiah Wright who in a speech to thousands this past June in Baltimore, told his audience that “The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place… to equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav,”.

But the fact that Israel’s supposed partner for peace Mahmoud Abbas topped this list should raise red flags, indicating even to Israel’s “peace camp” that Abbas is not serious about an end to the conflict with Israel.

In reality the Abbas quote should hardly surprise anyone who has paid attention to any of Abbas’ other statements or actions over the past year. Abbas shared a platform with Hamas leaders when welcoming home the prisoners who were released in the Gilad Shalit deal, and went a step further by giving these “martyrs for Palestine,” cash to get back on their feet in addition to building them homes.

In addition, according to the recently released book “Deception: Betraying the peace Process,” by Palestinian Media Watch Director Itamar Marcus and Jacques Zilberdik – which analyzes a year’s worth of educational and cultural media resources released by the Palestinian Authority – messages of anti-Israel hate continue to be spewed on a regular basis.

According to Marcus’ findings, terrorism and martyrdom against Israel is glorified by Abbas’ PA, while official maps and educational materials omit the names of Israeli cities (not in Judea and Samaria, but in pre-1948 Israel) and instead refer to them as “Palestinian.”

Of course Abbas’ and the PA’s entire propaganda campaign – attempting to establish a State at the UN unilaterally without a willingness to negotiate or sign a deal with Israel – is the ultimate proof that the endgame is not peace but rather to exacerbate the conflict.

It is important to note that in the introduction to this year’s top-10 list the Wiesenthal Center states that “The list continues to reflect the growing global antisemitism and de-legitimization of Israel coming from mainstream voices…. These citings should serve as a wake-up call to those who believe that such rants are the exclusive domain of Neo-Nazis and crackpots.”

While it is debatable whether or not Abbas who once penned a thesis downplaying the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, is an Arab “Neo-Nazi” or a “mainstream”, voice what is crystal clear, is that the fact that his name is on the top of that list says a lot about his true feelings about the Jewish people and their right to the State of Israel.

5 Comments

  • Abbas is just another 7th Century savage terrorist.. Who cares what he says anyway. The only good Arabs are the ones that hae been exterminated! This is part of the green movement, get rid of the pollution and save the planet!

  • ugh …this again. the guy is a moron, we have to write an article and call him names. Stoop to their level, I see

  • So…. He’s antiSemitic because he DIDN’T talk about Jews?

    That sounds you hear is six million murdered Jews rolling their eyes and spinning in their graves.

  • I agree completely and enthusiastically with the first poster, this is an inane and largely ignorant mess of rhetorical rubbish. This piece reaches beyond pathetic.

  • Is this a joke? Because I can’t stop laughing!!!!!!!!

    Quit pointing fingers and calling everybody anti-Semites all the time!

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

    Read more →
  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli Actress Says Playing Muslim Character in ‘Tyrant’ Has Made Her More ‘Hopeful, Humble’

    Israeli actress Moran Atias said that playing a Muslim woman in the hit FX series Tyrant has changed her outlook. “Educating myself about a different culture has made me more hopeful and humble, that we’re all the same,” the Jewish actress, 35, said during an interview with AOL Build. Atias plays Leila Al-Fayeed, the strong and politically minded wife of the president of Abbudin, a fictional Middle Eastern country run by a dictatorial family. The Israeli-born former model, who earned the title of Miss Globe International […]

    Read more →