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June 27, 2016

UPDATED: The PA Blood Libel Repeated by President Abbas was Already Debunked with CAMERA's Help


June 24, 2016

Today's New York Times features a forthright and informative article by Diaa Hadid about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' blood libel to the EU. She writes:

Echoing anti-Semitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority accused rabbis in Israel of calling on their government to poison the water used by Palestinians.

He made the unsubstantiated allegation during a speech to the European Parliament on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in a statement later that Mr. Abbas had spread a “blood libel� in the speech.

Abbas was repeating the medieval blood libel that was revived last week by Palestinian Authority officials who invented a fictional rabbi named "Rabbi Shlomo Mma" and a fictional rabbinical council called the "Council of Rabbis in the West Bank Settlements" calling for the poisoning Palestinian water sources. Palestinian Media Watch describes how the PA turned an unsubstantiated claim against settlers by a radical activist into the full-blown blood libel, which was subsequently repeated by the PA president to the European Union.

The Jerusalem Post earlier published an article debunking the Palestinian Authority invention, quoting research from CAMERA. According to the Post, there is no evidence of any "Shlomo Mlma or Mlmad or the Coucnil of Rabbis in West Bank settlements." Rather:

There is a Council of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, led by Yishai Babad. There is a Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El. Mlmad is similar to Melamed, and Zalman is Yiddish for Shlomo.

Rabbi Zalman Melamed told Gidon Shaviv, a senior research analyst for press watchdog CAMERA, "I did not say that and do not believe any rabbi would say something like that." Melamed also called the report a blood libel. [emphasis added]

Updated, June 26: Abbas Retracts the Libel

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Abbas’s retraction was sent to reporters early Saturday morning, issued by the P.L.O., of which Mr. Abbas is the chairman. It said that Mr. Abbas “rejected all claims that accuse him and the Palestinian people of offending the Jewish religion.� It added that he “also condemned all accusations of anti-Semitism.�

“After it has become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media outlets, are baseless, President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that he didn’t intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world,� the statement continued.

Posted by RH at June 27, 2016 01:15 PM


Great article on the Munich massacre financier Abbas and his racist policies supporting Palestinian mass murderers of Israeli civilians.
PA Funding of Terrorists – This is How it’s Done
“Did you murder Jews? Have you abducted children? Get up to 12,000 shekels a month from Abu Mazen!� - the salaries paid out to Palestinian terrorists are actually enshrined in PA law.
By Aryeh Savir
June 26th, 2014

Posted by: Barry Meridian at June 26, 2016 08:52 PM

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