Netanyahu accuses Palestinian leader Abbas of anti-Semitism

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas suggested in a speech that historic persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct.

FILE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: AFP.

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Mahmoud Abbas of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on Wednesday after the Palestinian leader suggested in a speech that historic persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct.

β€œIt would appear that, once a Holocaust denier, always a Holocaust denier,” Netanyahu said on Twitter.

β€œI call upon the international community to condemn the grave anti-Semitism of Abu Mazen (Abbas), which should have long since passed from this world.”