BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has come beneath fireplace for his sluggish condemnation of remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that downplayed the Holocaust.
Requested at a press conference Tuesday within the Chancellery in Berlin whether or not he was planning to apologize for and help in a full investigation of the lethal 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist assault carried out by a Palestinian militant group, Abbas evaded the query, claiming as an alternative that Israel had inflicted “50 Holocausts” on Palestine since 1947.
“If we need to dig additional into the previous, sure, please, I’ve 50 massacres that had been dedicated by Israel. Which had been additionally recorded in documentaries … 50 massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to today day by day we’ve got useless individuals killed by the [Israeli Defense Forces], by the Israeli military,” Abbas mentioned.
Scholz, who minutes earlier than had rejected Abbas’ use of the time period “apartheid” to explain Israel’s Palestine coverage, regarded displeased, however the press convention was terminated proper after Abbas’ comment and the lads shook fingers earlier than leaving the stage.
Later Tuesday, Scholz informed tabloid Bild that “for us Germans specifically, any trivialization of the Holocaust is insupportable and unacceptable,” however the harm of his nonresponse was already executed.
“An unbelievable occasion within the Chancellery,” blasted Friedrich Merz, chief of the opposition Christian Democrats (CDU), on Tuesday night. “The chancellor ought to have contradicted the Palestinian president in no unsure phrases and may have requested him to go away the home!”
“Scholz grimaces however is silent,” the Occasions of Israel wrote in a headline.
Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday evening accused Abbas of “not solely an 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 carried out by Nazi Germany.
On Wednesday morning Scholz tweeted his condemnation, echoing Lapid’s trenchant commentary.
“I’m disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For us Germans specifically, any trivialization of the singularity of the Holocaust is insupportable and unacceptable. I condemn any try and deny the crimes of the Holocaust,” he wrote.