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Paris Strips PA Chief Abbas of City’s Top Honor: ‘You Justified the Extermination of the Jews of Europe’

Paris Strips PA Chief Abbas of City’s Top Honor: ‘You Justified the Extermination of the Jews of Europe’

Paris mayor: “The comments you made are contrary to our universal values and the historical truth of the [Holocaust].” 

The city of Paris has stripped Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas of the French capital’s prestigious medal for his reported remarks that justified the genocide of European Jews by Nazi Germany, the French news agency AFP reported Friday.

Last month, Abbas claimed in a speech that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis because of their “social behavior” and not due to Hitler Germany’s genocidal racial policies.

“In our city, during World War II, tens of thousands of children, women and men of the Jewish faith were rounded up, deported and then exterminated in death camps,” Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said in a letter addressed to Abbas. “The comments you made are contrary to our universal values and the historical truth of the [Holocaust].”

“You can therefore no longer hold this distinction,” the Paris mayor said while revoking the medal awarded to the PA chief during his 2015 visit.

The French news agency AFP reported:

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has stripped Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of the French capital’s highest honour after he made remarks about the Holocaust that echoed anti-Semitic tropes, her office said on Friday.

Abbas could no longer hold the Grand Vermeil medal after he “justified the extermination of the Jews of Europe” in World War II, her office told AFP.

“The comments you made are contrary to our universal values and the historical truth of the Shoah,” Hidalgo said in a letter to Abbas sent on Thursday. “You can therefore no longer hold this distinction.”

The text of the letter was published on X, formerly known as Twitter, by Yonathan Arfi, president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), an umbrella organisation representing French Jews.

“This important decision honours Paris and the city’s ongoing commitment against anti-Semitism,” he wrote.

The Times of Israel reported Abbas’s remarks that were first posted on the social media by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI):

“They say that Hitler killed the Jews because they were Jews and that Europe hated the Jews because they were Jews. Not true. It was clearly explained that [the Europeans] fought [the Jews] because of their social role, and not their religion,” Abbas said in August. “Several authors wrote about this. Even Karl Marx said this was not true. He said that the enmity was not directed at Judaism as a religion but at Judaism for its social role.”

“The [Europeans] fought against these people because of their role in society, which had to do with usury, money and so on and so forth,” he continued.

While the French mayor took a commendable stance following Abbas’s despicable remarks, this should not come as a surprise to anyone following the Palestinian leader’s track record. The PA chief has made a career out of spreading antisemitism, and inciting hate and violence against the Jews. In 2018, he made similar remarks blaming Europe’s Jews for the Holocaust. Video courtesy the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW):

The PA leader has dedicated his whole life to Holocaust denial. In the 1980s, a young Abbas traveled to the Soviet Union—thanks to his association with Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group—where he wrote a doctoral thesis at the Moscow University drawing on conspiracy theories to deny the Holocaust.


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Bet he’s stocked away a few billion, too.

The Palestinian schtick is beyond old. The supporters of the cause are many of the same people that target liberalism while pretending to be its champions. They help fomenting hatred, division and violence at every turn, blind to the actual human suffering they enable. Shame on those that engage in the schtick, directly or indirectly.

And kudos to the Paris mayor, who saw the error of her ways.

    All race/hate mongers, doesn’t matter if American/Canadian Indian, blacks, Latinos, Muslims

    They all want to sock to the man and they all want our Money

    They hate White people

    We are 9% of the population and ruled the world through our inventions and conquest

    Doesn’t matter that they were, and still are busy with slavery

    It’s all whiteys fault..

Don’t be fooled. The Europeans LOVE Abbas, they LOVE the Palis, they LOVE Hamas and they LOVE Iran.

Most Europeans hope that the above will finish off the Jews, because make no doubt about it – Europe hates Jews above all else. Their history shows that Europe is pathologically incapable of rising above its genocidal Jew-hatred.

Russ from Winterset | September 9, 2023 at 2:48 pm

“Europe will never forgive The Jews for The Holocaust”

I”d say Jews were attacked because of their higher than average IQ. That’s the pattern around the world, when a minority is more successful than the majority enough so that it’s noticed. E.g. expat Chinese merchants in Southeast Asia.

Google says the average IQ of Palestine is 83. Don’t look for peace anytime soon.

    Stuytown in reply to rhhardin. | September 9, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    I figured you’d have a moronic, comment here. Btw: is the rhhardin blog yours? It was surprising to find. But then it made sense (along with the Disqus account with 9,000 comments).

    diver64 in reply to rhhardin. | September 9, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    That’s an interesting thesis, however, to point towards the averages of IQ over several races as the reason for success or violence seems rather narrow. I’m going to disagree.

How psychotic is Pali Jew-hatred? They simultaneously vow a second Holocaust while denouncing Israel having nuclear weapons. Weapons which Israel would use if it were going to its death. That would likely include Gaza and key West Bank towns.

In other words, the Palis are so psychotic, and insatiable in their Nazi Jew-hatred that they are willing to be exterminated by nuclear weapons to finish Hitler’s work.

There is no negotiating with such monsters and savages.

I’m not surprised it took France this long to figure out Pali’s hate Jews and want them exterminated. It’s not like they have been saying this for 100yrs

The Palestinian Authority is no more than the coat and die version of Hamas.

The vile Muslim supremacist/terrorist, Abbas, has been spewing his unabashed and crazy Jew-hate for decades, yet, European, Leftist dhimmis only now just woke up to this fact? Hello???!!!

Now, just to unsettle you a bit, consider the “crime” of Holocaust denial as France and Germany’s attempt at “disinformation control.” You must trust thier “truth” because they say so. Are you entirely comfortable with that?

Abbas is right that it had nothing to do with their religion. The whole point of “antisemitism” was that it was not about religion, which was old-fashioned and superstitious, but about race, which was modern and scientific.

When Christians slaughtered Jews it was about religion, so Jews could escape the sword by converting. But the Nazis were atheists and didn’t care about religion, so it didn’t matter to them that the majority of their victims were not adherents of the Jewish religion. They were born Jews and there was no way for them to change that, so they all had to die.

ahad haamoratsim | September 10, 2023 at 4:45 pm

It’s particularly disturbing that so many of the comments on Twitter are saying that Abbas said nothing wrong & was being unfairly punished just for telling the truth.