Germany Closes Investigation into Abbas' '50 Holocaust' Sayings

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 Germany closes investigation into Abbas' statement about “50 Holocausts”

Authorities in Berlin have decided to close the preliminary investigation into Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, deeming it “highly inappropriate” his statement in Germany that Israel committed “50 holocausts”; against the Palestinians. However, according to the German prosecutor's office, this is not enough to bring Abbas to criminal liability in accordance with the laws of the country.

During a press conference in August with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Abbas was asked if he would like to apologize for the killing of Israeli athletes by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

In response, the PA president said, “If we want to go back to the past, go ahead.”

“I have 50 Israeli killings in 50 Palestinian villages” hellip; 50 murders, 50 Holocausts”,– he continued, speaking the last word in English.

The politician's statement caused a loud outcry in Israel, Germany and the United States, as a result of which Abbas issued a statement in which he refuted his remarks and explained that the Holocaust “is the most heinous crime in modern history.”

But a police report was nevertheless filed against him, and two days after the Berlin press conference, a preliminary investigation was launched.
On Monday, the Berlin prosecutor's office decided to close the case against Abbas.

Explaining this decision , the representative of the prosecutor's office noted that there were no “sufficient instructions” that Abbas's remarks promote hatred, as stated in Article 130 of the German Penal Code, which prohibits downplaying the Holocaust. Prosecutors are convinced that Abbas's sole purpose was “to highlight what he considers the crimes committed by the Israeli army and to point out their injustice in an attempt to make a highly inappropriate historical comparison.”

Monday's decision welcomed PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and agreed that there were no legal grounds for a complaint against Abbas.

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