Americans for Peace Now (APN) issued a stinging condemnation Wednesday of the "vile anti-Semitic statements" made by the Palestinian Liberation Organization's ambassador to Chile.
During the "Conference for Peace in Palestine and Israel" in Santiago in May, it was revealed Wednesday, Nabil Jada'a insisted "there is no Jewish people" and claimed the "Zionist movement" is trying to dominate the world.
APN called on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to both repudiate Jada's statements as well as dismiss the ambassador.
“These abhorrent statements, anti-Semitic canards of the crudest kind, are an outrage," APN CEO and President Debra DeLee stated.
"Such hateful statements foment hatred, they legitimize anti-Semitic lies, and they provoke hatred and anger among an Israeli public that is deeply skeptical about the viability of peace with the Palestinians and the credibility of the Palestinian leadership as a partner for peace."
“These statements were made almost two months ago, and have just now surfaced, but that doesn't make them any less outrageous," DeLee continued.
"Such statements are a terrible disservice to the cause of peace, to the Palestinian people and to its struggle for independence and freedom. Ambassador Jada’s comments must be immediately and publicly repudiated," she concluded.
APN is the sister organization of Peace Now, a left-wing Israeli NGO that promotes the creation of a Palestinian state via a two-state solution with Israel.