Americans for Peace Now (APN) strongly condemns vile anti-Semitic statements made by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s ambassador to Chile, in which he denied the existence of a Jewish people, accused the Zionist movement of striving to “dominate life in the entire planet,” and hailed the forged “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as recommended reading.
APN calls on Mahmoud Abbas, the Chairman of the PLO and the President of the Palestinian Authority, to repudiate the statements of his ambassador to Santiago, Imad Nabil Jada’, to dismiss him, and to remind Palestinian officials of the terrible impact of hate-speech on the cause of peace.
APN’s President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “These abhorrent statements, anti-Semitic canards of the crudest kind,
are an outrage. Such hateful statements foment hatred, they legitimize anti-Semitic lies, and they provoke hatred
and anger among an Israeli public that is deeply skeptical about the viability of peace with the Palestinians and
the credibility of the Palestinian leadership as a partner for peace.
“These statements were made almost two months ago, and have just now surfaced, but that doesn't make them any less outrageous. Such statements are a terrible disservice to the cause of peace, to the Palestinian people and to its struggle for independence and freedom. Ambassador Jada’s comments must be immediately and publicly repudiated. Chairman Abbas is strongly advised to remove this envoy from his position.”
APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests. We also work to ensure Israel's future and the viability of Israel's democracy and Jewish character through education, activism and advocacy in the United States, and by mobilizing American support for Shalom Achshav.