Palestinian president accused of antisemitism after comments on historical persecution of Jews

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has apologised after he was accused of antisemitism following a speech in which he suggested that historical persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct, not by their religion.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused Abbas of antisemitism after he claimed past massacres including the Holocaust were related to the “social function” of Jews in banking.

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