On Monday, the German state prosecutor of Berlin dropped a lawsuit against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for allegedly denying the Holocaust.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said, in a statement, a copy of which Anadolu Agency received, that “the Berlin state prosecutor dropped the lawsuit against President Mahmoud Abbas on the grounds of denying the Holocaust.”
He added, “The attorney general decided that the president’s only goal was to shed light on what he considers crimes committed by the Israeli army against his (Palestinian) people and the injustice they are exposed to.”
As of 17:00 GMT, no official German statement was issued regarding the fate of the case against Abbas.
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The “Holocaust” is a term used to describe the campaigns of the Nazi Germany government and some of its allies for the purpose of persecuting and liquidating Jews in Europe during World War II (1939-1945).
Last August, the German police opened an investigation against Abbas on the background of his statement, in which he compared Israel’s practices against the Palestinian people to the Holocaust.
Abbas’s statement at the time, during a press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Schultz, angered and resented the latter and officials in Israel.
Abbas said at the time that “since 1947, Israel has committed 50 massacres, 50 massacres… 50 holocausts.”
And the State of Israel was established in 1948 on Palestinian lands occupied by armed Zionist gangs that committed massacres against Palestinians.