The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has accused Israel of committing “50 Holocausts”, at a joint press convention with Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, in Berlin, drawing condemnation from Germany and Israel.
At the top of his state go to to Germany’s chancellory on Tuesday evening, Abbas was requested by a German journalist whether or not he deliberate to apologise for the lethal assault by Palestinian militants on Israeli residents on the 1972 Munich Olympics, the fiftieth anniversary of which is on 5 September.
The militant group Black September, which killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer through the hostage-taking, was linked to Abbas’s Fatah get together on the time.
“If we want to dig further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres that were committed by Israel,” the Palestinian chief mentioned on the finish of the press convention. “Fifty massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to this day, every day, we have dead people killed by the [Israeli Defence Forces], by the Israeli army.”
Scholz, who had criticised Abbas for describing Israel as perpetuating an “apartheid system” earlier on in the press convention, didn’t instantly reply verbally to the Holocaust comparability however shook the Palestinian president’s hand after his spokesperson introduced the top of the question-and-answer session.
Scholz condemned the remarks on Wednesday morning. “I am disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas”, Scholz tweeted from his official account. “For us Germans in particular, any relativisation of the singularity of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust.”
The head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission was summoned to the German chancellory in protest on Wednesday afternoon, Reuters reported.
The remarks additionally drew hearth from numerous German politicians. “The PLO leader would have gained sympathy if he had apologised for the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics 1972,” mentioned Armin Laschet, the conservative candidate who misplaced out to Scholz in final September’s federal elections. “Accusing Israel of 50 Holocausts instead is the most disgusting speech ever heard in the German chancellery.”
The tabloid Bild criticised Scholz for in a roundabout way difficult Abbas about his selection of phrases, which it described as “the worst Holocaust relativisation that a head of government has ever uttered in the chancellor’s office”.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, of the Free Democratic get together, a companion in the coalition authorities, criticised the chancellor’s spokesperson for not giving Scholz time to reply on the finish of the press convention. “The question has to be asked whether he’s the right person in his role,” she instructed Der Spiegel.
Yair Lapid, the Israeli prime minister, mentioned Abbas’s feedback have been “not only a moral disgrace but a monstrous lie”, particularly as they have been made “on German soil”.
Approximately 6 million Jews have been murdered by the German Nazi get together regime and its accomplices over the past 4 years of the second world warfare.
Israel’s designated ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, mentioned: “There has to be zero tolerance for Mahmoud Abbas’s Holocaust denial on German soil.”
The Palestinian chief’s go to to Berlin adopted a visit to Paris in July, seen as half of a broad diplomatic effort to awaken European curiosity in Palestine’s trigger in the face of America’s apparently waning curiosity in restarting the peace course of in the Middle East.