Germany's Scholz calls Israel to slam Palestinian prez's Holocaust comments
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Photo: Reuters)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the Israeli head of government to once again slam a Holocaust comparison made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this week in Berlin.

In his talks with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Scholz stressed “that he strongly condemns every attempt to deny or relativise the Holocaust,” German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said on Thursday.

Abbas' remarks in Berlin were intolerable and completely unacceptable for him personally and for the entire German government, the German Chancellor said, according to Hebestreit.

Standing beside Scholz for a press conference, the Palestinian President on Tuesday accused Israel of committing a “Holocaust” against Palestinians, dpa news agency reported.

“Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian locations since 1947,” Abbas said, adding: “50 massacres, 50 Holocausts.”

The German Chancellor listened to Abbas' response with a look of alarm and annoyance, but did not offer an immediate reply, provoking criticism from Germany's conservative opposition. He later issued statements criticising Abbas for the comments.

In Thursday's telephone conversation with Lapid, Scholz went on to say that keeping alive the memory of the Shoah, the Hebrew term for the 'Holocaust', is an everlasting responsibility of this and every German government.

Lapid's office confirmed the call, saying Scholz had repeated his rejection and condemnation of Abbas' statements.

“Prime Minister Lapid thanked him, both as the Prime Minister of Israel, and as the son of Holocaust survivors,” according to a statement from Lapid's office.

“The two emphasised the importance of ties between Israel and Germany, and agreed to continue the cooperation between their two countries in various fields,” the statement added.

A Berlin police spokeswoman told Germany's Bild tabloid newspaper meanwhile that a preliminary investigation, initially on suspicion of incitement to hatred, was being undertaken by a specialised state police department.

The German Foreign Office told the newspaper they were under the impression Abbas was entitled to immunity from prosecution because he was on an “official visit” to Germany.

Criminal law expert Michael Kubiciel however said whether Abbas was on an official visit was not the deciding factor on immunity, but rather whether he was in Germany as a “representative of another state”. This would then make significant whether Palestine is considered a state or not, Kubiciel told Bild.

Germany has not recognized Palestine as a state.

–IANS

int/khz/

NEWS RELATED

Climate Migration: Floods displace villagers in Indonesia

Climate Migration: Floods displace villagers in Indonesia For years, the tide would flood Asiyah's home along the northern coast of Java, Indonesia MONDOLIKO, Indonesia — All the crops had died and the farmed fish had escaped their ponds. The only road to the village was flooded and the water ...

View more: Climate Migration: Floods displace villagers in Indonesia

Google offers free phone service to some Maps users — are you eligible?

Being a Local Guide on Google Maps has its perks

View more: Google offers free phone service to some Maps users — are you eligible?

Former Uber security chief guilty of data breach coverup

Former Uber security chief guilty of data breach coverup The former chief security officer for Uber has been convicted of trying to cover up a 2016 data breach in which hackers accessed millions of customer records from the ride-hailing service SAN FRANCISCO — The former chief security officer for ...

View more: Former Uber security chief guilty of data breach coverup

How Did Black Clover Character Luck Get The Name Cheery Berserker?

TV Tokyo Writer and illustrator Yūki Tabata unveiled his manga series “Black Clover” to the world in 2015, welcoming readers into a world of magic, action, and more. The story focuses on a kid named Asta, who, in a world full of people with incredible abilities, lacks any kind ...

View more: How Did Black Clover Character Luck Get The Name Cheery Berserker?

‘Chicago P.D.’: How Jesse Lee Soffer Exits NBC Series

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Good Man” Episode 1003 — Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) NBC SPOILER ALERT: The following contains spoilers from tonight’s episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D. “A Good Man.” After a successful 9-season+ run, Jesse Lee Soffer exited NBC’s Chicago ...

View more: ‘Chicago P.D.’: How Jesse Lee Soffer Exits NBC Series

Chinese automaker Geely buys 7,6% stake in Aston Martin Lagonda

Image: Aston Martin After their withdrawal from the local market, Geely has seemingly become anonymous but the Chinese automaker has quietly been growing into a powerhouse. Their latest endeavour is purchasing a 7,6 % stake in Aston Martin Lagonda.  Image: Aston Martin Last month, Proton hosted the automotive press ...

View more: Chinese automaker Geely buys 7,6% stake in Aston Martin Lagonda

Mystery Packages Landing on Door Steps Possibly Tied to ‘Brushing Scam'

It started with a box full of coconut milk cans and led the NBC 5 Responds team to learn more about "brushing scams" and the real intent behind randomly delivered packages.

View more: Mystery Packages Landing on Door Steps Possibly Tied to ‘Brushing Scam'

‘Chicago P.D.’: How Jesse Lee Sopher Exits NBC Series

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Good Man” Episode 1003 — Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) NBC SPOILER ALERT: The following contains spoilers from tonight’s episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D. “A Good Man.” After a successful 9-season+ run, Jesse Lee Sopher exited NBC’s Chicago ...

View more: ‘Chicago P.D.’: How Jesse Lee Sopher Exits NBC Series

Emma Thompson Says ‘Matilda The Musical’ Child Stars Didn’t Fear Her Terrifying Miss Trunchbull

More than 80 migrants missing, feared drowned after two boats sink off Greek islands

Roommate arrested in Purdue University dorm room killing

Facebook introduces new ways for users to customise what they see in their feeds

Warriors reviewing Draymond Green's altercation with Jordan Poole

All eyes on whether Malaysia Parliament will be dissolved as PM meets King for weekly briefing

Column: Shohei Ohtani’s evolution as a pitcher continues to trend upward

Rangers have plenty of tough decisions to make as regular season looms

Warriors may discipline Draymond Green for role in fight with Jordan Poole

Second period surge powers Jets to 5-0 preseason win over Calgary

Fort Worth Police Recruitment Video A Viral Hit

Travellers will now have to fill in customs forms upon arrival or departure: Malaysia

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network