Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) gestures during the Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah on April 30, 2018. AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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U.S., EU and Israeli officials Wednesday slammed remarks by the Palestinian president about the causes of 20th century anti-Semitism in Europe.In remarks that were part of a lengthy speech to the Palestine Liberation Organization Parliament Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was the Jews' "social function," including money lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were books by Jewish authors. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, as well as Israel's prime minister, Wednesday lashed out at Abbas over his remarks.Friedman and Abbas have sparred before.Abbas, 82, made his remarks in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a rare meeting of the Palestinian National Council, the de facto Parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which Abbas heads.
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