Despite being post-Stephen Harper, the Canadians have come out and lodged a complaint about it.
The move came after Abbas alleged in a speech to the European Parliament in Brussels last week that Israeli rabbis had plotted to murder Palestinians by poisoning their wells — a claim that was quickly proven false.
Abbas later retracted the comments, but not before Canada voiced its displeasure.
“Senior Global Affairs officials raised our serious concerns with Palestinian officials within 24 hours of President Abbas’s original comments,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s spokesman, Joseph Pickerill
“Canada found those comments completely unacceptable, and was pleased to see that President Abbas fully and formally retracted these baseless allegations.”
Granted, they seem to have accepted that Abbas “fully and formally retracted” the accusations without seeing the dishonesty inherent in the retraction itself, but as far as responses go, I have not seen even one other country do anything like this.
Which is probably why Abbas even bothered making the baseless accusation to begin with. He understands his clientele.