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US State Department ‘rejects’ Abbas’s ‘false equivalencies’ on the Holocaust

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

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

Asked to comment on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s claim that Israel has committed “50 holocausts” against the Palestinians, State Department spokesman Ned Price refers reporters to a tweet from US antisemitism envoy Deborah Lipstadt.

Lipstadt tweeted yesterday that Abbas’s remark was “unacceptable,” adding that “Holocaust distortion can have dangerous consequences and fuels antisemitism.”

Speaking during today’s press briefing, Price says the US recognizes Abbas’s clarification statement issued earlier today in which he “reaffirmed that the Holocaust is the most heinous crime in modern history.”

“We reject any attempts to draw false equivalencies or to minimize Holocaust atrocities,” Price adds.

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