After Accusing Israel of Carrying out ‘50 Holocausts’, Abbas Pressured to Alter Language

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (L) with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. (Photo: via Abbas FB Page)

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas backtracked from a statement in which he accused Israel of carrying out “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians.

Germany and Israel strongly criticized Abbas for making a reference to the Holocaust in the context of well-documented Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people. 

Following an uproar by Israel, after Abbas told a German journalist that the Israeli occupation has committed “50 massacres”, against the Palestinians, the PA President backtracked from his statement.

A German journalist had asked Abbas whether he was ready to apologize to Israel over the Munich attack on the Israeli sports team in 1972. Abbas replied,

“If we want to dig further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres that were committed by Israel.”

While standing beside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Abbas added:

“Fifty massacres, 50 Holocausts, and to this day, every day, we have dead people killed by the Israeli army.”

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted:

“Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of having committed ’50 Holocausts’ while standing on German soil is not only a moral disgrace but a monstrous lie. History will not forgive him.”

Along with Lapid and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, many other Israeli officials slammed Abbas’ remarks.

In a statement issued by his office in Ramallah, Abbas reaffirmed that the Holocaust “is the most heinous crime in modern human history.”

He added that his answer “was not intended to deny the singularity of the Holocaust that occurred in the last century.”

The statement stated: “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.”


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