Rabbi Marc Schneier Meets with Mahmoud Abbas


marc-schneier-meeting-with-mahmoud-abbasAmidst increasing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over stalled peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday, the final day of Chol Hamoed, with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

At the meeting, Rabbi Schneier urged the PA President to be more vocal in his support for expanding global relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities. In particular, Abbas said that he agreed to join with the FFEU in speaking out for the European Jewish community in combating bans on bris milah and shechitah.

In response to Rabbi Schneier’s request, Abbas also announced that this year he will publicly speak out on behalf of Holocaust remembrance efforts around the world. He described the Holocaust in the meeting as “The single greatest tragedy in modern-day history” and said that remembrance should be an issue of increased concern to both Jews and Muslims.

Unfortunately, Abbas’ past actions and the activities and rhetoric prevalent in the PA communities stand in stark contrast to the platitudes he offered to Rabbi Schneier.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau/Photo: Mahmud Alian)


  1. Perhaps we should make a Mi Sheybeyrach L’ Cholim for the above-mentioned person.

    Mr. Abbas is a most notorious anti==Semite.

  2. This fro Israelnationalnews.com may give some perspective on Abbas and Holocaust:Report: Abbas’ Holocaust-Denial Dissertation Widely-Taught in PA
    Middle East researcher says Education Minister must demand that PA remove the document from its school curriculum.
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    By Hillel Fendel
    First Publish: 4/28/2011, 12:55 PM / Last Update: 4/28/2011, 1:08 PM

    Research by the Center for Near East Policy Research Center has found that the doctoral dissertation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “stars” throughout the Palestinian Authority educational curriculum, and “is the basis for Holocaust studies in the PA.”

    The Center’s Director, David Bedein, has asked Education Minister Gideon Saar and the government of Israel to demand that the PA remove the work from its schools and from its curricula.

    Bedein wrote that the Center is engaged in preparing a movie on the PA educational system, in the course of which it tracks that which is taught in PA classrooms. “Throughout the educational system of the PA,” he wrote to Saar, “we have found that the doctorate of Mahmoud Abbas stars, and forms the basis of PA Holocaust studies.”

    Downgrades Number of Victims, Accuses Zionists of Collaboration
    The doctorate was published as a book in 1984, entitled,”The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” It was completed in 1982 at a university in Communist Russia, and was defended at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    It downgrades the number of Holocaust victims to “[possibly] below one million,” and accuses Zionist leaders of encouraging the persecution of Jews.

    It also denies that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting a “scientific study” to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson.


    “…it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller–below one million.”

    “The historian and author, Raoul Hilberg, thinks that the figure does not exceed 890,000.” [Holocaust authority Dr. Rafael Medoff says, “This is, of course, utterly false. Professor Hilberg, a distinguished historian and author of the classic study ‘The Destruction of the European Jews’, has never said or written any such thing.”]]

    “It seems that the interest of the Zionist movement, however, is to inflate this figure so that their gains will be greater… This led them to emphasize this figure [six million] in order to gain the solidarity of international public opinion with Zionism.”

    “A partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement … [the Zionists gave] permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.”

    Medoff writes that Abbas writes in his dissertation that the Zionist leaders actually wanted Jews to be murdered, because “having more victims meant greater rights and stronger privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of war once it was over. However, since Zionism was not a fighting partner –suffering victims in a battle –it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under any name, to raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the moment of accounting.”

  3. I don;t mean mean to say that he is always on the wrong side of things, but, suffice it to say, at the least, he is not a representative of our views on this

  4. BH trying to make peace instead of war – who knows how many acts of terror rabbis like rabbi schneier and moshe ber beck are preventing and saving Jewish lives with peaceful approach like Yaakov Avinu did woth eisav and Rav Yochanan ben Zakkai did with vespasian

  5. comment # 6
    you are out of your mind
    this man doesn’t understand the arab mentality
    as far as beck hes a plain rasha

    and don’t you dare compare these fools to Yaakov avinu and reb yochanan ben zakai