- Abbas repeats debunked claim that rabbis called to poison Palestinian water in Brussels speech
- Abbas refused to meet Israeli President Rivlin in Brussels
- Abbas, Herzog reportedly agreed on broad peace framework, including a divided Jerusalem
The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement saying it has become evident that claims of rabbis poisoning wells, which were "reported by various media outlets," are "baseless."
"President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that he didn't intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world," said the statement, adding that Abbas also condemns all accusations of anti-Semitism.
In his remarks, made in Brussels on Thursday, Abbas invoked a widely debunked media report that recalled a medieval anti-Semitic libel. The speech received a standing ovation.
In the PLO statment, Abbas, calling Palestine the cradle of all three monotheistic faiths, came out "strongly against any attack on any religion" and said he didn't intend to harm to Judaism or offend Jewish people around the world.
The Palestinian president also condemned "all illegitimate practices and policies by the Israeli occupation authorities and settlers against the Palestinian people."