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Jerusalem, Israel – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas launched a shocking tirade against Israel on Tuesday in the German capital of Berlin, where the Holocaust, the mass extermination of European Jews, was organized, claiming that the Jewish state carried out “50 holocausts. “.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is accused for not opposing Abbas’ distortion of the Holocaust during a joint press conference in the Chancellery, where the Palestinian leader made his comments.
When Abbas was asked if he intended to apologize and help in an investigation into the Palestinian Black September massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and a German police officer during the 1972 Munich Olympics, he said, “If we are to delve further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres that were committed by Israel, which were also recorded in documentaries … 50 massacres, 50 holocausts, and to this day, every day, we have been killed by [Israeli Defense Forces]by the Israeli army “.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Fox News Digital that Scholz must impose consequences for Abbas’s “nefarious trivialization of the Holocaust”. . [Holocaust]. Reply Abbas and his corrupt PA! Silence is admission. We look forward to your actions not just delayed words. ”
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Friedrich Merz, leader of the opposition Christian Democrats (CDU), tweeted on Tuesday: “An incredible event in the Chancellery. The chancellor should have bluntly contradicted the Palestinian president and should have asked him to leave the house!”.
Abbas’s minimization of the Holocaust and Scholz’s indifference to the Palestinian leader’s Holocaust revisionism sparked a storm of outrage and criticism.
Post-WWII governments in Germany have broadly described the Holocaust – Nazi Germany’s elimination of six million European Jews – as unprecedented genocide and avoid confrontation.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Twitter Tuesday: “Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of committing ’50 holocausts’ while on German soil is not just a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie.” Lapid, whose father, Tommy, survived the Holocaust, added: “History will never forgive him. [Abbas]. ”
After raising criticism against Scholz from the Social Democratic Party, on Wednesday he tweeted: “I am disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud #Abbas. For us Germans in particular, any relativization of the Holocaust singularity is intolerable and unacceptable. I condemn every attempt. to deny the crimes of the Holocaust “.
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Abbas tried to go back on his comments. He issued a statement calling the Holocaust the “most heinous crime in modern human history”. He added that he wanted to shed light on the “crimes and massacres committed against the Palestinian people after the Nakba at the hands of the Israeli forces”.
Palestinians invoke the term Nakba to label their alleged expulsion from their homes during Israel’s 1948 war of independence against Arab states.
Germany’s largest mass-circulation newspaper, Bild, classified Abbas’s distortion of the Holocaust as largely “anti-Semitic” and noted that Abbas has a long track record in fomenting anti-Semitism.
The Bild cited Abbas’s 1982 dissertation, “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” in which Abbas argued that Zionists seeking to build the state of Israel formed an alliance with the Nazis to stimulate the immigration to Palestine then controlled by the British. Abbas also questioned the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps that killed Jews.
The researchers said they put a question mark on the number of six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, prompting allegations that Abbas engaged in Holocaust denial.
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Middle Eastern historians and experts debunked Abbas’s dissertation, which he did not explicitly reject. Lebanese-born Middle Eastern scholar Dr. Edy Cohen accused Abbas in 2017 of being a “Holocaust denier”. Cohen is an Israeli specialist who has extensively analyzed Arab anti-Semitism in the region.
The president of the German Jewish community, Josef Schuster, criticized Scholz, declaring: “I think it is scandalous that a relativization of the Holocaust, especially in Germany, in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery, goes unchallenged”.
German officials fomenting Holocaust devaluation or keeping silent about Holocaust denigration have sparked scandals over the years.
In 2019, German commissioner Michael Blume, charged with fighting anti-Semitism in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, compared German Jewish activist Malca Goldstein-Wolf to Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann. Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, urged Blume to apologize to Goldstein-Wolf and step down.
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Ali Larijani, the former speaker of the Iranian regime’s parliament, told the 2009 Munich Security Conference that his country has “different perspectives on the Holocaust.” Germany bans Holocaust denial but has not taken any legal action against Larijani.
In 2008, as head of the Iranian regime’s “human rights council”, Ali’s brother Mohammad Larijani denied the Holocaust at a German Foreign Ministry-sponsored event near the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. He also called for the destruction of Israel. The German government did not penalize Mohammad Larijani for his Holocaust denial.