Central Council of Jews sharply criticizes chancellor after Abbas scandal

The Central Council of Jews has harshly criticized Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) behavior after Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’ Holocaust statements to the Chancellery and calls on the federal government to reconsider financial support. “This was undoubtedly a mistake,” Central Council President Josef Schuster told the Tagesspiegel, noting that Scholz did not contradict Abbas in his Holocaust accusation against Israel and even shook his hand afterwards.

“I would have liked a clearer position from the Federal Chancellor. Everyone must vigorously oppose the denial or trivialization of the Shoah at all times. It doesn’t matter if it’s a president or someone sitting next to you on the bus, ”Schuster stressed.

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The president of the central council calls on the chancellor to reconsider the federal government’s broad financial support for the Palestinians. “Everyone knows what happens to German tax money in the Palestinian territories. The Central Council has long warned that this is being used to finance hate speech and terrorist propaganda, “Schuster said.

“Now everyone knows that this agitation is dictated from above. The federal government should once again think twice if these are the partners it wants to work with ”. Indirectly, Schuster demanded that such receptions and such a stage for Palestinians in the Chancellery be eliminated accordingly. “I certainly can’t imagine what they should bring.”

It happened when Scholz met Abbas

During his visit to Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of a “Holocaust” against the Palestinians. “Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian cities since 1947,” Abbas said in a joint press conference with Scholz at the Chancellery. “50 massacres, 50 holocausts,” he added.

Scholz followed the statements with a petrified expression, visibly annoyed and even prepared to respond. His spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said the press conference was over immediately after Abbas’ response. The question to the Palestinian president was previously announced as the last. Hebestreit later reported that Scholz was outraged by Abbas’s statement.

Watch the video of the press conference here:

After the appointment, Scholz dismissed the “Holocaust” charge with clear words. “Especially for us Germans, any relativization of the Holocaust is unbearable and unacceptable,” said the Chancellor of the “Bild” newspaper.

Such an event is very unusual. The fact that his spokesperson sent individual quotes from the Chancellor to a newspaper demonstrates his awareness that they need to be corrected quickly.

Scholz will report Wednesday, now on Twitter

Scholz spoke again on Twitter Wednesday morning. His social media team wrote in German and English on behalf of the Chancellor: “I am deeply outraged by the unspeakable statements of Palestinian President Mahmoud. #Abbas. For us Germans in particular, any relativization of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust. “

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