Germany’s Scholz rejects word ‘apartheid’ to describe Middle East conflict

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German Chancellor Scholz meets Palestinian President Abbas

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected the word apartheid to describe relations between Israel and the Palestinian Territories after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Naturally we have a different assessment with a view to Israeli politics, and I want to expressly say here that I do not espouse the use of the word apartheid and do not think it correctly describes the situation,” said Scholz during a joint news conference with Abbas in Berlin on Tuesday.

(Reporting Rachel More and Miranda Murray)