Mahmoud Abbas

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Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: محمود عباس) (born March 26, 1935), commonly known as Abu Mazen (ابو مازن), was elected President (Ra'ees) of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on 9 January 2005 and took office on 15 January 2005.



  • We have at least 12 security apparatuses that cannot be controlled by anybody.
    • Interview in Newsweek (20 July 2004) by Dan Ephron
  • The little jihad is over, and now we have the bigger jihad - the bigger battle is achieving security and economic growth.
    • Campaign speech in Gaza City (20 August 2005), quoted in The New York Times (21 August) Hamas Pushing for Lead Role in a New Gaza by James Bennet
  • From here, our people begin the march towards establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital


  • If we want to dig further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres that were committed by Israel [...] Fifty massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to this day, every day, we have dead people killed by the [Israeli Defence Forces], by the Israeli army.

About Abbas[edit]

  • One of the less savory aspects of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's biography is that he has a PhD in Holocaust denial–literally. His 1982 dissertation, published as The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism, famously argues that the Zionists collaborated with the Nazis in order to spur more Jewish immigration to Palestine. "The Zionist movement," it explains, "led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule, in order to arouse the government's hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them, and to expand the mass extermination." The Zionists, the work asserts, were the Third Reich’s "basic partner in crime." It also claims that the figure of six million dead has been exaggerated for political gain, and suggests one million as a more reasonable estimate.

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