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Fatah slams MK Mansour Abbas for saying Israel is ‘a Jewish state’

December 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

Israeli Arab politician, leader of the United Arab list, Mansour Abbas in Jerusalem, on April 5, 2021 [BIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

The Palestinian movement Fatah yesterday described remarks made by Arab Member of the Knesset Mansour Abbas about Israel’s Jewish identity as “cheap alignment with the Zionist narrative”.

Fatah accused Abbas of “crossing all redlines” and “turning his back on his people and their national cause by throwing himself into the arms of Zionism.”

“Mansour Abbas represents only himself, and his fate and the fate of those like him will be in the dustbin of history.”

On Tuesday, Abbas said: “The State of Israel was born as a Jewish state, and it will remain one.”

Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said: “These irresponsible statements are consistent with the calls of extremists in Israel to displace the Palestinians and harm the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the history of the Palestinian people.”

“He [MK Mansour Abbas] does not represent the Palestinian people at home and everywhere in the world,” adding that such remarks “contradict religion, history, and Palestinian heritage.”

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