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Abbas’ advisor responds to Israeli condemnation following PMW exposure of his Antisemitic sermon: “We will ignore this nonsense”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman Ofir Gendelman’s post followed Palestinian Media Watch’s exposure on Nov. 1, 2015 of an Antisemitic sermon given by Al-Habbash on Oct. 23, 2015. Al-Habbash demonized Jews and Israel using classic Antisemitic hate speech, presenting Jews as "evil" and Israel as "Satan's project."

Headline: “Al-Habbash responds to Gendelman: ‘How bad it is when a racist speaks against racism and a terrorist [speaks] against terror!’”
     “Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, stated that the worst thing that one can hear is a racist who speaks against racism or a terrorist who speaks against terror. Al-Habbash’s statement yesterday [Nov. 2, 2015] came as a response to what was stated by the Israeli occupation’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman, the extreme Ofir Gendelman, who attacked Al-Habbash and described him as an Antisemite. He added: ‘Gendelman is a man who justifies all the crimes of the Israeli occupation army, and then talks about racism.’ He continued: ‘We will ignore this nonsense, and we will continue on the same path, convinced of what we say and understand. This is our national cause, and the nonsense uttered by the Israeli spokespeople does not shake us.’ This attack came in the form of a text posted by Gendelman on his personal Facebook page in response to the sermon given by Al-Habbash at the Mausoleum mosque (near Yasser Arafat’s burial place in Ramallah, -Ed.) on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Gendelman wrote the following on his [Facebook] page: ‘The Palestinian Supreme Shari’ah Judge [Mahmoud Al-Habbash] makes abominable, racist statements against the genuine Jewish people. This is the ugly face of the Palestinian racism and its Antisemitism, and now the international community can see it.’”

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