Jewish Leaders Condemn Postponement of Palestinian Elections

New York, NY

. . . Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We deplore the decision by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone indefinitely the parliamentary elections that were to be held this month and to pin the blame on Israel. His actions and rhetoric could once again incite violence against Israelis.

It is widely recognized that his lack of popular support and internal political divisions led to this desperate move. This action by Abbas, who is in the 16th year of his four year term, is clearly motivated by his fear of losing power. Rather than proceed with this election, he is instead denying democracy to the Palestinian people while trying to use Israel as a pretext for the postponement. Overall, Abbas demonstrates that he cares more about political self-preservation than the well-being of the Palestinian people.”

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