Abbas says Jews’ behavior, not anti-Semitism, caused the Holocaust

Ramallah - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said that the Holocaust was not caused by antisemitsm, but by the “social behavior” of the Jews, including money-lending.

In a long and rambling at speech in Ramallah at a rare session of the Palestinian National Council, Abbas touched on a number of antisemitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson,” as he sought to prove the 3,000 year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.

Abbas said his narrative was backed by three points made by Jewish writers and historians, the first being the theory oft-criticized as antisemitic that Ashkenazi Jews are not the descendants of the  ancient Israelites.

Pointing to Arthur Kessler’s book “The Thirteenth Tribe,” which asserts Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars, Abbas said European Jews therefore had “no historical ties” to the Land of Israel.

He went on to claim that the Holocaust was not the result of antisemitism but rather of the Jews “social behavior,  [charging] interest, and financial matters.”