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In phone conversation with Israeli PM Lapid, German Chancellor Scholz reiterates his rejection of Abbas’ use of the term ‘Holocaust’

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On Tuesday, during a joint press conference in Berlin after a meeting, Abbas called Israel an ‘’apartheid’’ state and as he was asked by a journalist if he , as a Palestinian leader, he would apologize for the massacre of 11 Israeli coaches and athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, he refused to do so and instead accused Israel of commiiting ‘’50 Holocausts4’ against the Palestinian people.

German Chancellor again emphasized on Thursday that he rejects and condemns Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks that “Israel has committed 50 holocausts” against the Palestinian people, during a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

It was was important for Scholez to clarify this personally to the Prime Minister, as well as publicly.

Lapid thanked him, both as the Prime Minister of Israel, and as the son of Holocaust survivors.

On Tuesday, during a joint press conference in Berlin after a meeting, Abbas called Israel an ‘’apartheid’’ state and as he was asked by a journalist if he , as a Palestinian leader, he would apologize for the massacre of 11 Israeli coaches and athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, he refused to do so and instead accused Israel of commiiting ‘’50 Holocausts4’ against the Palestinian people.

Scholz did not comment on Abbas’ statement while standing at the press conference next to him but on Wednesday tweeted: “I am disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For us Germans in particular, any trivialization of the singularity of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust.”

On Wednesday Abbas reportedly amended his statement, saying he was speaking about Israeli “crimes’’ but his use of the term ‘’Holocaust’’ drew angry reactions in Germany, Israel and the Jewish world.

In a statement, Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime in modern human history.” The statement, released by the Palestinian Wafa news agency, added that Abbas did not intend to “deny the singularity of the Holocaust that occurred in the last century” and he condemns it “in the strongest terms.”

“What is meant by the crimes that President Mahmoud Abbas spoke about are the crimes and massacres committed against the Palestinian people since the Nakba at the hands of the Israeli forces. These crimes have not stopped to this day,” the statement said.

During their phone conversation, Scholz and Lapid also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue. The Israeli Prime Minister ‘’reiterated Israel’s opposition to a return to the nuclear agreement and the need for Europe to send a clear and unequivocal message that there will be no more concessions to Iran,’’ according to a statement from his office.

Lapid added that Europe must oppose Iran buying time in negotiations.

The two leaders agreed to meet soon, as a reflection of the close relations between their two countries.

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