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Palestinian leader retracts rabbis water poisoning allegation

European Council President Donald Tusk welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at right, ahead of a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday (June 25) retracted his allegation that Israeli rabbis had called for the poisoning of Palestinian water, a remark that had drawn strong condemnation from Israel’s prime minister.

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“After it became evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, reported by various media outlets, are baseless, President Abbas has affirmed that he didn’t intend to harm Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world,” part of a statement by Abbas’s office said.

The Western-backed Palestinian leader made the remarks in a speech to the European parliament in Brussels on Thursday, as he condemned Israeli actions against Palestinians amid stalled peace talks, which collapsed in 2014.

Abbas’s speech received a standing ovation from European lawmakers, but his allegation about the water poisoning drew strong condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who termed it a “blood libel.”

For Jews, allegations of water poisoning strike a bitter chord. In the 14th century, as plague swept across Europe, false accusations that Jews were responsible for the disease by deliberately poisoning wells, led to massacres of Jewish communities.

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  • This is just one of the many many lies emanating from Palestinain propaganda machine that the so called west has eaten up. The majority of deaths and damage suffered by Palestinians is caused by their own leadership who force civilians to stand around shooters while they attack Israelis so they will be killed in retaliation. Then they accuse Israel for deaths. They stage photos for international press to fabricate the appearance of violence toward them. They lie and lie and use all the international aid for their own personal use. One day all the truth will come out. People will be amazed by what all they have swallowed.