Ibrahim Khreisheh, the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the UN Human Rights Council, recently said that it may "be useful" to ask Arab and European countries "to allow the Jews to return to their former lands and homes."
"We never had people from Poland, the Ukraine, Switzerland, France, or England," he added. The comments were made in a February 4, 2016 interview with the official Palestinian Authority TV channel and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“A few days ago, Barack Obama said: ‘We are all Jews,’”, Khreisheh said, in a reference to the American president’s remarks on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“But we, as Palestinians say: We are Jews, Christians and Muslims. So (Obama) did not invent anything new,” he added, before claiming that the Palestinian Arabs’ “problem is that the Jews came to Palestine from outside the region, colonized it and established their own state.”
Khreisheh also spoke about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent statement that “Russia was ready to accept back all the Russian Jews, who are suffering throughout Europe”, a reference to Putin’s offer of refuge in Russia to Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in Western Europe.
“If the Israelis continue on this track, it may be useful to consider asking many countries – Arab countries, European countries and other foreign countries – to allow the Jews to return to their former lands and homes, whether they are Iraqi, Yemeni, Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Lebanese or Syrian,” he continued.
If that happens, Khreisheh explained, “Then we, the Palestinians, will return to be the way we were – Jews, Christians and Muslims.”
“We never had people from Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland, France or England,” he added.
Khreisheh is the same PA official who admitted in the past – also in an interview translated by MEMRI – that the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts because Palestinian terrorist groups are far worse violators of international law themselves.