Abbas is accused of downplaying the Holocaust and is under investigation for “suspected incitement to hatred”. In Germany, belittling and relativizing the Holocaust is a crime.
During a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday, the Palestinian president compared Israel’s actions against the Palestinians to the Holocaust.
– Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian sites since 1947 until today.
– 50 massacres and 50 exterminations, continue.
Schulz was also criticized for not immediately commenting on Abbas’s comments. Only then did Schulz distance himself from Abbas’s comments when he tweeted that he was “disgusted” by Abbas’s comments.
A statement by Abbas’s employees on Wednesday described the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime in modern human history.” According to the staff, Abbas’s words were not intended to “deny the special status of the Holocaust.”
The German Foreign Ministry believes that Abbas enjoys diplomatic immunity because he was on an official visit to the country.
Germany does not recognize Palestine as a state, but it maintains diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority.
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