My Mideast Punchlines: fake views make fake news…..

How can one explain why an international ‘statesman’ with a PhD in history would consistently resort to such gross distortions of the historical record?

A number of recent or current international leaders hold earned doctorates, in fields such as law (the president of Greece), economics (the prime minister of India) or chemistry (both the chancellor of Germany and the prime minister of Belgium). But, irony of ironies, the only world leader who holds a PhD in history has turned out to be one of the worst historians in the world: Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. This week he demonstrated yet again why he deserves that label.

Addressing the Palestinian General Council on Sunday, Abbas said the State of Israel “is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness. The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land – call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.”

Well, speaking about things being made up, has anyone checked into the authenticity of that legendary PhD? Ostensibly, he earned the degree at Moscow University, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a cursory look didn’t reveal the involvement of Pakistan’s notorious multi-million pound  diploma mill, which sells fake degrees by the thousand. On the other hand, his foreign student’s PhD (in which he denied the Holocaust) in Moscow under the Soviets is as worthy as a fake one from Karachi. Whatever the truth, Abbas’ fake views continue to make fake news.

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