Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed on Monday that Europe created Zionism and Israel.
“You all know Europe is the one that invented — this slightly annoys our neighbors — Zionism and Israel,” Abbas said at a PA Cabinet meeting. “It is the one that invented it. Let’s not fool ourselves. This is what history says. Whoever has something that refutes this history, go ahead.”
Abbas did not explain how he believes Europe created Zionism and Israel. However, he has previously made similar comments.
In a speech in January 2018, the PA president said, “Israel is a colonial project with no relationship to Judaism,” quoting Abdul Wahab al-Messiri, an Egyptian writer who authored the “Encyclopedia of Jews, Judaism and Zionism.”
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