Netanyahu: Abbas Spread ‘Blood Libel’ in European Parliament Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on March 6, 2016
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Haaretz reports: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was guilty of spreading “blood libel,” Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office said in a harsh criticism of Abbas’ speech to the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, in which he repeated a widely debunked media report that Israeli rabbis called to poison Palestinian water.

Abbas’s remarks did not appear on the official transcript issued by his office, suggesting he may have spoken off the cuff as he condemned Israeli actions against Palestinians amid stalled peace talks.

“Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians,” Abbas said.

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