Uproar after Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin accuses Israel of ’50 Holocausts’ | Mahmoud Abbas

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, condemning Germany and Israel.

At the end of his state visit to the German chancellery on Tuesday evening, Abbas was asked by a German journalist whether he intended to apologize for the deadly attack by Palestinian militants on Israeli civilians during the 1972 Munich Olympics, which the 50th birthday is on May 5. September.

The Black September militant group, which killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German police officer during the hostage crisis, was linked to Abbas’s Fatah party at the time.

“If we want to dig further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres committed by Israel,” the Palestinian leader said at the end of the press conference. “Fifty massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to this day dead people are being killed every day by the… [Israeli Defence Forces]by the Israeli army.”

Scholz, who had criticized Abbas for describing at the press conference earlier that Israel was maintaining an “apartheid system,” did not immediately respond verbally to the Holocaust comparison, but shook hands with the Palestinian president after his spokesman announced the end of the question-and-answer case. – answer session.

Scholz condemned the comments Wednesday morning. “I am disgusted by the scandalous comments of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas”, Scholz tweeted from his official account. “For us Germans in particular, any relativization of the individuality of the Holocaust is unacceptable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust.”

The head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission was called to the German chancellery in protest on Wednesday afternoon, Reuters reports.

The comments also provoked fire from several German politicians. “The PLO leader would have gained sympathy if he had apologized for the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics,” said Armin Laschet, the conservative candidate who lost to last September in federal elections. Scholz. “Blaming Israel instead of 50 Holocausts is the most disgusting speech ever heard in the German chancellery.”

The tabloid Bild criticized Scholz for not directly challenging Abbas over his choice of words, describing it as “the worst Holocaust relativization ever uttered by a government leader in the chancellor’s office”.

Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, of the Free Democratic party, a partner in the coalition government, criticized the chancellor’s spokesman for not giving Scholz time to respond at the end of the press conference. “The question has to be asked if he is the right person for his role,” she told Der Spiegel.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Abbas’s comments were “not only a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie”, especially since they were made “on German soil”.

About 6 million Jews were murdered by the German Nazi Party regime and its accomplices during the last four years of World War II.

Israel’s designated ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, said: “There must be zero tolerance for Mahmoud Abbas’s Holocaust denial on German soil.”

The Palestinian leader’s visit to Berlin followed a trip to Paris in July, seen as part of a broad diplomatic effort to arouse European interest in the cause of Palestine, in light of America’s apparent waning interest in the peace process. restart the Middle East.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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