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Germany summons Palestinian representative to protest Abbas’s ’50 holocausts’ remarks

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas holds a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on August 16, 2022. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas holds a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on August 16, 2022. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

The German chancellery summons the head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Berlin to protest Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s comparison of Israeli actions with the Holocaust, a German government spokesperson says, according to Reuters.

“I have 50 slaughters that Israel committed….50 massacres, 50 slaughters, 50 holocausts,” Abbas said in Berlin on Tuesday, taking care to pronounce the final word in English.

“It is clear for us, the government and the chancellor, that the persecution and systematic murder of 6 million European Jews is an unparalleled crime against humanity,” the spokesperson says.

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