On Thursday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Israel’s prime minister that he condemns any attempt to deny or downplay the Holocaust.
Scholz made the statement as a form of reassurance after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sparked outrage with remarks earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Abbas accused Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians.
The statement drew outrage in Europe, the United States, and Israel.
Scholz strongly criticized Abbas’ statement.
“The chancellor emphasized that he sharply condemns any attempt to deny or relativize the Holocaust,” Scholz spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.
Hebestreit added, “The comments by President Abbas in Berlin were intolerable and completely unacceptable to (the chancellor) and the entire German government.”
According to reports, post-war German governments have long argued that the word “Holocaust” refers to a unique crime: the systematic murder of 6 million European Jews by the Nazis and their henchmen during the Third Reich.