At the United Nations (UN) on Monday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas compared the State of Israel to Nazis, saying the country lies “like Goebbels” about its prosperity over 75 years of its existence.
Abbas, 87, now in the 19th year of his four-year term, spoke at a UN event commemorating what Palestinians call the “Nakba,” or “Catastrophe,” referring to the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Abbas, who despite a history of Holocaust denial is often described in the West as a “moderate,” was elected in 2005 to replace the late terrorist Yasser Arafat.
His remarks to the UN were reported by the Times of Israel:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas likens Israel to Nazi Germany by saying the country lies like the Third Reich’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“Israeli and Zionist claims continue by saying that Israel made the desert bloom. As if Palestine was a desert and they made the desert bloom,” Abbas tells a UN event commemorating the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe, which accompanies Israel’s founding in 1948.
“These are lies,” he continues. “They continue to lie, like Goebbels, and they continue to lie until people believe their lies and they continue therefore their false claims by saying that Israel made the desert bloom. Palestine was never a desert.”
Abbas also urged the UN to expel Israel as a member state, and claimed that Israel was started by Britain, who “wanted to get rid of their Jews.” In fact, Britain restricted Jewish immigration to Palestine for many years.