Abbas' comparison of Israel to Nazis is prevalent sentiment in today's Germany

Opinion: Palestinian president's comments, claiming Israel is responsible for '50 Holocausts,' were made without concern of retribution because he wasn't the one who thought of the idea, he merely repeated it

Zeev Avrahami|
You'd have to be quite bold, if not crazy, accept an official invitation to Berlin, to meet with the German chancellor and while there, claim that Israel had carried out "50 Holocausts" against the Palestinian people.
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  • At first glance, it could be perceived as some sort of madness. Even if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is known to dibble in Holocaust denying, he should have known that some things must never be uttered out loud on German soil.
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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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    The perceived madness was compounded during an answer to a reporter's question about the possibility of an apology for the Palestinian massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics - an attack Abbas himself was alleged to have played a role in financing.
    As I said, the comments might be perceived as an act of madness. But Abbas felt very comfortable saying these things precisely in Germany, he did not think at all that it would cause such a big uproar.
    And why should he not think that? German and Israeli organizations and volunteers operating in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been for years alluding to an Israeli-perpetrated genocide on the Palestinian territories.
    The massive German financial support for the Palestinian territories and for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), increased majorly after the Trump administration suspended its monetary aid in 2018. The funds are delivered without any supervision to ensure that they are not diverted to other objectives, such as support for terrorists and their families.
    In recent years, Berlin has become the capital of hatred of Jews and the Jewish state.
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    יום אל קודס יום ירושלים העולמי ברלין גרמניה הפגנה נגד ישראל
    Pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin in 2019
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    Federally funded festivals and cultural events that were supposed to present Germany's beautiful face to visitors from all over the world, have become the stage of anti-Israel and antisemitic exhibits, where The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is being honored.
    Germany officials are preoccupied with pleasing Iran, fond of Holocaust denying, in the wake of the nuclear deal, while local media's narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is egregiously one-sided.
    Hate-filled and violent demonstrations by Palestinians warn Jews of another Holocaust right in the center of Germany's capital city. Only after an Israeli journalist was injured from a firecracker aimed directly at her in one such demonstration, did local police and the German courts ban such hate marches.
    Many Israelis residing in Berlin had contributed to the antisemitic and anti-Israel sentiments, fearing retribution if they do not join in the choir, a many hide their Jewish and Israeli identity.
    There is no full-throated support of Israel in Berlin or in Germany. The Germany Abbas experienced is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel, one that doesn't shy of comparing the Israeli military to the Nazis.
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    A pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin
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    Abbas didn't come up with the idea, he merely only echoed sentiments he had heard there before.
    The lack of immediate response to Abbas' remarks by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was standing right next to the Palestinian president during the press conference, is quite telling.
    Palestinians - and those who take their side - were angered only by the opportunity that Abbas presented to the Israeli "propaganda machine" with his comments. The local police also launched an investigation into the remarks, but there was no one to investigate after the president departed.
    At the same time that the German police announced the investigation, it emerged that Germany had approved another 340 million euros in aid to the Palestinians. Well, someone needs to finance the satanic textbooks printed by the Abbas regime, so that generation after generation, Palestinians continue to claim that Israel is committing "Holocausts" against them.
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