"It would appear that, once a Holocaust denier, always a Holocaust denier," Netanyahu said on Twitter. "I call upon the international community to condemn the grave anti-Semitism of Abu Mazen (Abbas), which should have long since passed from this world."
כנראה שמכחיש שואה נשאר מכחיש שואה.— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 2, 2018
אני קורא לקהילה הבינלאומית לגנות את האנטישמיות החמורה של אבו מאזן, שהגיע זמנה לחלוף מן העולם.
Abbas made the controversial remarks on Monday in a speech to the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization, saying that hostility towards Jews in Europe in was caused by their "social function" which included money-lending. The Palestinian leader also described the state of Israel as a colonial project, stressing "history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland."
The remarks were met with harsh criticism by the Trump administration, with Donald Trump's special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt describing the rant as "very distressing and terribly disheartening" and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman saying that it is not Israel that is seeking conflict in the Middle East.
Abu Mazen has reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their "social behavior relating to interest and banks." To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again.— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) May 1, 2018
The European Union also slammed the statement by Abbas as "unacceptable," adding that they hamper the two-state solution, a concept that stipulates the coexistence of the states of Israel and Palestine.
"The speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel's legitimacy. Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated," Kocijancic said in a statement.
Israel has been locked in a conflict with the Palestinians, who have been seeking to establish an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, which are partially controlled by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.
The new spike in tensions occurred last December when US President Donald Trump decided to recognize the whole city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and launched the process of relocating the US Embassy, currently located in Tel Aviv, to the ancient city. The move was slammed by a number of states, especially Palestine and those in the Middle East, and triggered a wave of protests in the region.
Palestine intends to continue its peaceful mass protests in the Gaza Strip and begin similar rallies in the West Bank on the day of the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, scheduled for May 14, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki told Sputnik on Wednesday.