Julie Bishop

Bishop condemns Abbas’ Holocaust comments

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is “deeply concerned” the Palestinian president has suggested European Jews caused their own historical persecution.

Mahmoud Abbas commented on the Holocaust in a speech at the Palestinian National Congress, sparking condemnation from Israel, the United Kingdom and now Australia.

“We condemn any such comments by anyone, anywhere,” Ms Bishop told reporters on the Gold Coast on Friday.

“It’s deeply regrettable that such statements should be made.

“They are anti-Semitic, they go against the facts – the historical facts – and I’m deeply concerned that a leader would make such comments.”

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