PA presidential advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash defended Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's statement, according to which Israel has committed "50 holocausts" against Palestinians in an address that was aired on Palestine TV on August 17, 2022. He said that all the leaders of the [Israeli] occupation joined together in attacking Abbas, because he is defending his people and he wants to remind the world of the massacres against them. Al-Habbash added that the Israelis "want us to forget history, while they want the world to remember a history which is mostly forged, exaggerated, fabricated, with no basis in reality." He further said that saying these things cannot be considered "antisemitism" because the Palestinians are the "genuine Semites," as reflected in their names and cities. For more information on Abbas's statements in a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, see MEMRITV clip no 9761.
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] is facing today a biased and racist attack by all the leaders of the occupation — both those from the government and the opposition. They all joined together in attacking President Abu Mazen. Why? Because President Abu Mazen is defending his people, because he wants to remind the world of the continuous and successive massacres, which were committed by the occupation against the Palestinians, from 1947 to this very day.
"They want us to forget history, while at the same time they want the world to remember a history which is mostly forged, exaggerated, fabricated, and with no basis in reality. Their forged history is considered to be the truth, whereas our history — which goes all the way to recent days — is considered non-existent and has no credibility.
"They are criticizing and attacking the President because he said that Israel and the occupation had committed more than 50 massacres, more than 50 holocausts, against the Palestinians, since 1947 and to this day. They were enraged, they raised a ruckus, and they started a campaign of incitement against the President — a campaign of incitement against every Palestinian, each and every one of us.
"Abu Mazen does not represent himself alone. When he spoke, he did not speak on his own behalf — he spoke in the name of all of us. He conveyed what we all feel, and he conveyed the reality of what his entire nation is facing. If Israel had not committed massacres against the Palestinians, then how should we call the war crimes that Israel has been committing against us?
"When we do not forget what is committed against us, and what is perpetuated against our people — that is not a crime, it is not something unusual, and it is not 'antisemitism,' as they call it. What antisemitism? We are the Semites. Even our names, the names of our cities and of our land are authentically Semitic, because we are the genuine [Semites]. We are the true Semites, the Canaanites, the Jebusites, the Arabs, and the Muslims, who have never left this land, since they settled it. Ever since this land was settled by humans, we have been here, and we have stayed here. Many have passed here and then disappeared and were forgotten by history, but this Canaanite, Palestinian, Arab land has stayed around to bear witness — through its people and its names — to its history."