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Israel’s PM slams Abbas over Holocaust remarks

Jerusalem, Aug 17 (EFE).- Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid expressed his outrage on Wednesday at statements made by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas calling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians “Holocausts.”

“Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of having committed ‘50 Holocausts’ while standing on German soil is not only a moral disgrace but a monstrous lie,” Lapid wrote in a Twitter post.

“Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, including one and a half million Jewish children. History will never forgive him,” he added.

Abbas accused Israel of committing “Holocausts” against Palestinians during Tuesday’s joint press conference in Berlin with German chancellor Olaf Scholz, who condemned the remarks.

“Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian towns since 1947,” Abbas said.

His comments came in response to a journalist who asked if he would apologize for the 1972 Munich Olympics bombings, in which a group of Palestinians killed 11 Israelis.

“If we want to continue digging into the past, let’s do it,” he said, adding that the Israeli army kills Palestinians almost daily.

Abbas went on to say that Israel is practicing “apartheid” against Palestinians.

Scholz did not reply immediately but later rejected Abbas’ remarks as “unacceptable” on Twitter.

“For us Germans in particular, any relativisation of the singularity of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable,” Scholz said.

The Palestinian foreign ministry continued Wednesday to stir controversy stressing that “Israel’s recognition of its crimes is the beginning of real peace.”EFE


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