BERLIN, August 17 (DPA/EP) –
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sparked outrage on Tuesday when he accused Israel of committing a “holocaust” on the Palestinians.
“Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian cities since 1947. 50 massacres, 50 holocausts,” said Abbas at a press conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
Abbas’ comments were in response to a journalist’s question as to whether he would apologize to Israel on the 50th anniversary of the attack by Palestinian terrorists on the Israeli team during the Munich 1972 Olympics, which killed ten people. Israeli athletes and coaches, as well as a German policeman.
Scholz listened to the statements with an alarmed and annoyed look, but according to the dpa did not give an immediate answer.
However, Scholz later asserted to the “Bild” newspaper that relativizing this historical fact was unacceptable. “For us, especially the Germans, any relativization of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable,” he said.
For their part, Germany’s opposition conservatives said Scholz’s handling of the incident was “incomprehensible” as he should have “clearly and unequivocally contradicted the Palestinian President and urged him to leave”.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has called Abbas’ comments a “moral disgrace” after recalling that six million Jews were killed, including a million and a half children, for which “history will never forgive him”.
“That Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of having committed ’50 holocausts’ on German soil is not only a moral disgrace, but an outrageous lie,” he said in a message on his Twitter account.