Local newspaper Mladina reports: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sparked outrage on Tuesday after he accused Israel of carrying out the Holocaust on Palestinians at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid reacted harshly to the accusations, and Scholz also rejected them, foreign agencies report.
Abbas said during a joint press conference with Scholz during a visit to the German capital that “Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian places since 1947”. He then added: “50 massacres, 50 holocausts.”
With these words, he answered a journalist’s question about whether he would apologize to Israel on the 50th anniversary of the attack by Palestinian terrorists on the Israeli team during the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which ten Israeli athletes and coaches and a German policeman died.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid angrily denied the allegations. “For Mahmoud Abbas to accuse Israel of committing 50 holocausts while standing on German soil is not only a moral disgrace, but an outrageous lie,” he tweeted Tuesday night.