Abbas Retracts Claim That Israeli Rabbis Called for Poisoning Water


A little more than a day after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority accused rabbis in Israel of calling for their government to poison the water used by Palestinians, he retracted the allegation in a statement, saying it had become “evident” that it was “baseless,” the New York Times reports.

Mr. Abbas made the ridiculous allegation during an address to the European Parliament on Thursday.

Abbas’s retraction was sent to reporters, issued by the P.L.O., of which 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.


{David Steger – Israel}



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