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Scholz to call Lapid after Abbas ‘holocaust’ comments in Berlin

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

A spokesman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he has arranged a telephone call with Prime Minister Lapid for tomorrow.

The call is in order to be able to speak directly with him about this incident in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, accusing Israel of committing “50 holocausts” against Palestinians over the years.

“His gaffe yesterday casts a dark shadow over Germany’s relations with the Palestinian Authority,” Steffen Hebestreit says, adding that his office had summoned the head of the Palestinian mission in Berlin.

The chancellor’s foreign and security policy advisor conveyed that Scholz expects the Palestinian president “to acknowledge the singularity of the Holocaust without any qualification,”  Hebestreit says.

 

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