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'50 massacres, 50 Holocausts': Abbas flags Israeli war crimes

German Chancellor Scholz listened to the statements with a look of alarm and annoyance, but did not offer an immediate reply. Read More

Wednesday August 17, 2022 10:50 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Abbas on Holocaust

Berlin: Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday accused Israel of committing a "Holocaust" against Palestinians during a joint press conference here with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

During the joint press conference on Tuesday, Abbas said that "Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian locations since 1947" and added "50 massacres, 50 Holocausts", reports DPA news agency.

Abbas' remarks were in response to a journalist who asked whether he would apologise to Israel on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the attack by Palestinian militants on the Israeli team during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, which resulted in the death of 10 Israeli athletes and coaches as well as one German police officer.

Scholz listened to the statements with a look of alarm and annoyance, but did not offer an immediate reply.


His spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit declared the news conference over immediately after Abbas' answer, which had been previously announced as the last question.


Hebestreit said afterwards that Scholz was outraged by Abbas' statements.

"For us Germans in particular, any relativisation of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable," Scholz later told the German tabloid Bild.

'A Moral Disgrace'

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also responded.

"Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of having committed '50 Holocausts' while standing on German soil is not only a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie," Lapid tweeted.

"Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, including one and a half million Jewish children," Lapid wrote.

"History will never forgive him."


Germany's opposition conservatives said the way Scholz handled the incident was "incomprehensible".

This was not the first time Abbas caused a stir with a Holocaust remark.

In 2018, he said the murder of some 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany was not triggered by anti-Semitism.

Rather, he said it was caused by the social position of Jews as interest-seeking lenders of credit, deploying the anti-Semitic trope of Jews as greedy money lovers.

Abbas later apologised.


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