Berlin police have opened a preliminary investigation against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over his comments this week that the Zionist occupation had committed “50 holocausts” against Palestinians.
Abbas’ remarks were made during a news conference in Berlin alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Police confirmed a report Friday by German daily Bild that Abbas was being investigated for “possible incitement to hatred” after receiving a formal criminal complaint.
Downplaying the Holocaust is a criminal offense in Germany, but the opening of a preliminary inquiry doesn’t automatically entail a full investigation.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry said that Abbas — as a representative of the Palestinian Authority — would enjoy immunity from prosecution because he was visiting the country in an official capacity.
Germany doesn’t recognize Palestine as a “sovereign state”, a position Scholz reaffirmed Tuesday.