Olaf Scholz slammed over (non)response to Palestinian chief’s Holocaust remarks – POLITICO


BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has come beneath hearth for his slow condemnation of remarks via Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that downplayed the Holocaust.

Requested at a press convention Tuesday within the Chancellery in Berlin whether or not he was once making plans to say sorry for and help in a complete investigation of the fatal 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist assault performed via a Palestinian militant team, Abbas avoided the query, claiming as an alternative that Israel had inflicted “50 Holocausts” on Palestine since 1947.

“If we wish to dig additional into the previous, sure, please, I’ve 50 massacres that had been dedicated via Israel. That have been additionally recorded in documentaries … 50 massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to these days on a daily basis we have now useless folks killed via the [Israeli Defense Forces], via the Israeli military,” Abbas stated.

Scholz, who mins prior to had rejected Abbas’ use of the time period “apartheid” to explain Israel’s Palestine coverage, seemed displeased, however the press convention was once terminated proper after Abbas’ commentary and the lads shook palms prior to leaving the level.

Later Tuesday, Scholz informed tabloid Bild that “for us Germans specifically, any trivialization of the Holocaust is insupportable and unacceptable,” however the injury of his nonresponse was once already accomplished.

“An out of this world tournament within the Chancellery,” blasted Friedrich Merz, chief of the opposition Christian Democrats (CDU), on Tuesday night time. “The chancellor will have to have contradicted the Palestinian president in no unsure phrases and will have to have requested him to depart the home!”

“Scholz grimaces however is silent,” the Occasions of Israel wrote in a headline.

Israel’s Top Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday evening accused Abbas of “no longer just a ethical shame, however a monstrous lie” for making the feedback “on German soil,” including that “historical past won’t ever forgive him,” given 6 tens of millions Jews had been killed within the Holocaust performed via Nazi Germany.

On Wednesday morning Scholz tweeted his condemnation, echoing Lapid’s trenchant observation.

“I’m disgusted via the outrageous remarks made via Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For us Germans specifically, any trivialization of the singularity of the Holocaust is insupportable and unacceptable. I condemn any try to deny the crimes of the Holocaust,” he wrote.



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