Abbas on Tuesday said that Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until Jews leave Jerusalem. These egregious comments were made on the 43rd anniversary of the torching of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque by Denis Michael Rohan, an Australian Christian.
Abbas’ denial of a Jewish history in Jerusalem continues to be an obstacle to a negotiated peace agreement which requires recognition of the Jewish character of the State of Israel.
Abbas’ longstanding rejectionism is not confined to Jerusalem. His doctoral dissertation downgraded the number of Holocaust victims to “[possibly] below one million,” and accused Zionist leaders of encouraging the persecution of Jews. It also denied that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting a "scientific study" to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson.
Abbas’ dissertation is a mainstay throughout the Palestinian Authority educational curriculum, and “is the basis for Holocaust studies in the PA.” And yet Abbas is widely considered a moderate by the mainstream media.