What the Palestinians Told the World at the UN General Assembly

“President Abbas’ speech today included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject.  Such provocative statements are counterproductive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties.”  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UNGA, 9/26/2014. Photo Credit: United Nations/Amanda Voisard.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UNGA, 9/26/2014. Photo Credit: United Nations/Amanda Voisard.

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26, 2014.

Here is the first sentence of his speech, after congratulating the UNGA president on his election:

In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people.

Really?  A war of genocide?  Language matters, and those advocating on behalf of Palestinian statehood must be held accountable for their egregious and incorrect use of charged words such as genocide, war crimes, massacres and racist state

Good for the US State Department to condemn Abbas on his language.  Speaking of language though, it was curious to note some of the words not in the Abbas speech (we checked):  Hamas, rocket, tunnel, human shield.  Hmm.

For more insight into the Abbas speech, read Elliott Abrams‘ blog post:  Abbas’s UNGA Speech.

 

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