The state prosecutor in Berlin has dropped a lawsuit against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the PA foreign ministry said Monday evening. Abbas allegedly denied “the Holocaust”, which is a crime in Germany.
“The attorney general of the state of Berlin decided that the president’s only goal [when he mentioned the Holocaust] was to shed light on what he sees as crimes committed by the Israeli military [the Palestinian] people and the injustice they are subjected to,” explained Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki.
In August, the German police opened an investigation against the PA leader following a statement in which he compared Israel’s practices against the Palestinian people to the Nazi massacre.
“Since 1947,” Abbas said, “Israel has committed 50 massacres, 50 massacres … 50 massacres.” He made his comment during a press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, angering the latter as well as officials in Israel, and later retracted the comment.
No official German statement has been issued on the fate of the case against Abbas.
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